Great to ride but vicious in the stall & to tack? Jekyll & Hyde horse!
Curious if anyone else has dealt with this and how they handled it and if they found the root of the problem! We are talking mega Jekyll and Hyde here...sweet as pie to trying to take your head off.
Just bought a gorgeous big teenaged Hano mare with tons of show miles to 1.40m jumpers. Got a bargain basement price due to her bad/scary ground manners. I'm a private barn and am willing to deal with this and try to figure it out since I'm not putting anyone else at risk, however don't want to get hurt myself either.
Rode the mare and she's truly a dream to ride. Had expected her to be grumpy and a handful but she's REALLY lovely. However in the stall...WOW! Looks fine and then you open the door to halter, starts to come over with ears pricked and then boom, flattened ears, teeth bared and lunges at you. But just randomly, other times she's totally normal and you don't have much warning which you are going to get. Not sure if she's trying to scare/threaten or if she'd really make contact. Will also kick the wall and strike. Not just at feeding time, though it's worse then.
So after being threatened twice I closed the stall door and held up the halter outside the stall door window (has a full dropdown) and she heads over, sticks her head out and stands quietly to be haltered and then all is normal. It's like she's protecting her stall space from all invaders.
Perfect behaviour in cross ties, comes running over when called in the paddock and stands quietly for haltering, leads great, walks on the trailer. But for tacking if she's on a single tie instead of cross ties (like at the trailer) she'll go after you repeatedly while being saddled, not kicking but with her teeth. When saddling is done she'll stand like an angel for bridling and it's like nothing ever happened.
Previous owner did explain the behaviour though I guess it's one thing to hear it but another to see it in person, it's like Jaws The Horse.
Going to put her on ulcer meds as the saddling issue but no bridling issue makes me wonder if her gut is painful. But that wouldn't really explain the stall behaviour. I don't know if she loves stalls and doesn't want her space invaded or if she hates the stall and is miserable in there. Or maybe she was one of these show horses that never ever got turnout. Going to try to track down previous owners and get more history. I've switched her to a private paddock and shelter, with 24/7 turnout, no more stall.
So anyone else ever dealt with a horse like this? And if so, have any suggestions for dealing with it?