After a whirlwind four weeks, I took a much needed break from going to the barn to see Smokey. From what I hear of his in-pasture shenanigans, he’s been entertaining himself quite well while I’m at work. Whenever I see him at night, he always seems calm and docile. Apparently during the day, he’s a mannerless little turd in the pasture.
Juliette let me know that he and Bandit fight over the fence and generally just don’t like each other (very fitting, right?)
Smokey has been harassing all the other horses that have to get walked through his paddock by mounting them. Colors, Kenya and old man Ice have all been subjected to his little love affairs. I’m totally mortified by this, honestly.
He runs at full speed towards anyone who had a feed bucket and stops short of them by about six inches.
The problem with just about all of these things is that he’s not afraid of waving hands. The training flag is terrifying but there’s just no fear or moving away from waving hands. Apparently he has been made too friendly by my training tactics. I’ll have to work on that. I’m sure he’ll also get put in a different paddock where he’s less invasive to other people’s riding. It’s really just embarrassing for me so long as he doesn’t hurt anyone in the process of being so rude.
So, how in the world am I supposed to get him to stop mounting other mounts when I’m not there and the only thing that will deter him is something that would likely freak other horses out as well? Has anyone out there in blog land had this issue before? What did you do to stop it?
I’m thinking I’ll have a vet come out and take a gander at him and work more on getting his feet up so I can get the farrier to trim them up and let me know what he thinks regarding shoes (cross your fingers for no). I know he’s been gelded, you know, since there’s no low hanging fruit there, but I’m wondering if there’s something I’m missing somehow. Maybe he’s just deciding he’s a little higher on the food chain since these horses don’t beat the crap out of him all the time or something. Either way, I have to figure this out since it’s so ridiculous and I feel terrible for people trying to get their horses in and out of that paddock.
So, save for hanging my head in shame at my overly-friendly horse, I’ll be back at the barn with bells on tonight to give him another run around the round pen. Hopefully a little break for the day yesterday got him in the mood to canter!