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HELP... Weird behavior

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Danielle
Neonate
Username: Feather

Post Number: 4
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 06:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So, I have this 3 year old filly that exhibits some STRANGE behavior. I have the vet coming on May 2nd to do her teeth, but thought I would post and see what people have to say. I have had her since she was a yearling. She has always been herd bound and insecure from the day I got her. She has been left at home on her own while we trailer everyone else to events on SEVERAL occaisions, so you would think she would get over it. She was sent out this winter for 30 days training as well. Now, when she meets another horse, she acts like a stallion. Swishes her tail, arches her neck, grunts, squeals, strikes, then will turn to kick and pees all over the place. Up until she does that, you would swear that she was a stallion. She even sniffs manure and grunts and squeals. Also, she will do this EVERYTIME she gets put out with anyone else we have. (we have 3 others, and she will do it with ALL of them EACH TIME she gets turned out with them!) Another thing, each time she will challenge whoever we turn her out with, even though they can all kick her butt! lol Here is the scenario: Jazz is out in our pasture, I will go get another horse, for e.g. My daughters horse Feather. I lead feather to the back, Jazz comes prancing up, arched neck, squealing, grunting, tail swishing. She will march around feather and go nostril to nostril, strike out, then turn around and let fly with both hinds while peeing - Feather will back uup and let fly and that will be the end of it. Jazz will then follow her around like a puppy dog. She is a challenge to train as well. Any ideas on this?
 

Catherine Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: Cateowen

Post Number: 205
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 09:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Awwww..... Young hormones, ain't they lovely? And who says stud colts have all the problems?

Just gathering from the above post, I would say your filly is trying to "discover" her sexuality and this may also be combined with her trying to assert herself within the herd as she as always been the "low horse on the totem pole" and insecure as a baby. She is now growing up and testing herself as she gets bigger and more mature.

Sounds like her hormones may be a bit out of whack, but they probably haven't ever been "in whack" in her young life and she may be having some delayed puberty. Out of curiosity, what breed of horse is she? Some breeds do mature slower than others.

We did have a filly one time that we swore was a lesbian :0 Honestly, she was bizarre. We kept her thru her two-year-old year and she did all the squealing, striking, and posturing of a stud colt her age! Didn't pee though (which makes me think your filly is just trying to discover her own sexuality). We sold our "strange" filly as a two-year-old and the people went on to show her and later breed her, so I guess she either grew out of it or was an unwilling participant.

My advice to you right now is to consult with your vet when he comes out and I would probably treat this filly a lot like a stud colt her age until she settles down. It does sound like you need to be a bit cautious with her, I don't like a horse that strikes and kicks indiscriminately. I would get ahold of her first before I handled the other horses. An indiscriminate kick to your head is not a good thing and continuing to let her get by with this behavior isn't good either.
 

Danielle
Neonate
Username: Feather

Post Number: 5
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 12:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

thanks for the reply Catherine she is a quarter horse with docs prescription breeding on bottom side, and peppy san badger on topside. I've never had a filly behave this way before, so it just seems odd! I am certainly hoping she grows out of it!



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