Friday, January 7, 2011

I hate horses that are jerks

Any one have any tips to keep a horse from eating another horses blanket?

Seems that Piney’s awesome winter blanket isn’t able to hold up to the notorious fence/blanket/life ruiner that he’s now sharing a paddock with.

Earlier this week the barn owner came up to me and said “I hope you won’t kill me but I put Piney in with Rue and Daiski”. E’ffin great I thought. Rue and Diaiski are the bad boys of the barn.

Daiski is your classic ruined show horse. He went to the AQHA world show a few times. His body is shot and he just went crazy from the stress of being at that level of competition all the time. He doesn’t know how to be a normal horse and interact with them he also acts like a stud most of the time. He can be a douche bag to other horses. He is fun to ride though. Very smooth and well behaved…except out on the trail…he tends to become a bit nervous.

Rue was abandoned by his owners so he became property of the barn owner. He was young and un broke. He is still green and is ridden occasionally but he’s a pain in the ass. He is very playful and doesn’t understand that he plays way to rough for most horses. So he’s in the bad boy paddock. He understands to stay the hell away from Daiski since they’ve been together long enough. But he has a new playmate to torment. Piney…

Piney slowly works his way up the pecking order. When he first got to the barn he was in the paddock with the barn owners geldings. He did well there, until he started tormenting the owners favorite horse and the boss of the herd. Piney wasn’t letting him eat or drink water. So he got moved to a pen with a few of the boarders geldings. He did well there and quickly moved up to the boss of the herd and there weren’t any problems. He liked to keep his herd exercised so he free lunged them a few times a day. He never made them work very hard, he just liked to keep them walking in circles around him. I liked to think of him as the professional athlete turned fitness instructor. Well turns out he wasn’t letting one of his paddock buddies drink enough water and he coliced. That horse colic’s over anything but Piney got blamed...not that I wouldn’t do the same.

So he got downgraded to the bad boys pen. I hope he starts sticking up for himself soon. I go out there and always seem to find Rue biting on the butt of Piney’s blanket shaking it up and down. And now I have two small tears on both sides. That horse can destroy a tank if left alone with it long enough. He goes through fences so their pen is now majorly wired up with hot rope. I just want to know if there is anything I can put on piney’s blanket to keep that monster from eating it.

I started throwing chunks of snow at Rue when he would grab the blanket. I’m sure that isn’t the right way to do it. But I figured it wouldn’t hurt him. Just give him a bit of a “tap”. It’s not like I was using a sling shot and smashing ice chunks into him. I’m just frustrated that Piney is stuck with those creeps. He’s just run out of options of who he can be turned out with.

So if anyone that reads this has any tips or tricks to keep horses from eating other horses blankets I’d LOVE the input!


  1. Gem was a bad boy, too. :-) Even though he's a gelding, he likes the ladies too much and becomes aggressive when out in the herd. He usually is put in the a few other geldings that, for one reason or another, can't be out in the herd either.

    My guy isn't blanketed and neither are most of the other horses. I am not sure if damage is an issue for those that are. I will share a training aid that I used with my dogs, though. I find that using a squirt bottle filled with water works well. It has to be able to squirt the water in a stream about 6-8 ft. They can't see it coming and its enough to make them stop what they are doing. I say "NO!" when the squirt connects. I have used this technique on my horse and it has stopped him from grabbing my saddle and pulling it from the stand. Of course, you have to be there when the badness is happening. I wish you luck in finding a solution that works!

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