Vices—When Good Horses Go Bad

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Vices—When Good Horses  Go Bad AN 161 Spring, 2006
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“Vices” Behavior that, from a human point of  view, is undesirable or destructive Often result from confinement, other  human imposed constraints “Vice” is rather a loaded term, under the  circumstances
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Aggressive behaviors Kicking Rearing Biting Charging  Striking  Crowding  Fighting 
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Aggressive behaviors Usually the result of  incompetent handling Handler does not  make it clear to the  horse who is in charge Sometimes, handler  allows inappropriate  behavior which then  escalates
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Reinforcing “personal space” Charging, crowding, etc.  are an attempt by horse  to dominate a  subordinate Some horses require  periodic reinforcement of  their subordinate status More timid animals need  to be handled  subtly.
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Rearing In hand vs. under saddle Both are dangerous In hand more aggressiveness Under saddle more a refusal to  go forward
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