Horses Fighting

Natural equine remedies to calm horses with fighting tendencies and aggressive behavior problems.

how to calm horses with fighting tendencies and aggressive behavior

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  1. Why Do Horses Fight?
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Why Do Horses Fight?

Horses are usually more inclined to flee from danger or threat rather than fight. However, when flight is not an option, then a stressed or angry horse will fight to protect itself. This is a very strong instinct and it is still very present in domestic horses.

In addition to the flight or fight instinct, horses are often driven by their herding instincts. As naturally herding animals, most horses are sociable and will quickly fit into some sort of pecking order amongst the other horses in the surrounding area. Some are just naturally more dominant, while others show more passive behavior and are happy to be the followers.

In most cases, horses are not fazed by their level on the pecking order and will happily accept their position without much fight. However, there are the odd occasions where a horse will protect its territory or assert dominance on another and this can often result in a fight.

While serious fights that result in injury are not very common among horses, the occasional squabble can be expected, especially if one horse is aggressive or temperamental by nature. Horses may also feel the need to re-assert their dominant level in the pecking order with the occasional lunge, or pinning of ears around another horse.

Help for Avoiding Horses Fighting

When horse fighting or bickering becomes an issue then the first step of action is to calm the angry or aggressive horse. There are a number of natural ingredients that can be used to do just this. The homeopathic ingredient Chamomilla is renowned for its calming properties and has often been used to reduce fear, restlessness, anger and irritability.

Kali. Phos. is another useful ingredient which has a history of use in the treatment of nervous system conditions. This homeopathic ingredient can be used with great success to reduce stress, and calm horses with nervous dispositions.

Phosphorus and Asarum can also be used ease nervousness and anxiety so often caused by unfamiliar sounds or surroundings. Lastly, Cina, which is often used to treat tantrums in children, is particularly useful in addressing deep issues stemming from past abuse and mistrust.

More Information on Horses Fighting

Tips for managing horse fighting
  • New aggressive behavior in your previously peaceful horse can be a sign that something is not quite right. Be sure to check your horse for any signs of physical pain or discomfort, as this can lead to aggressive behavior.
  • Fighting is fairly common when a new horse is introduced to the pasture. It may take some time for the horse to adjust to the new home and for everyone to re-establish the pecking order. It is usually fine to leave them to sort it out by themselves, but keep an eye on the situation to make sure the fighting doesn’t get too violent.
  • If your horse seems to act aggressively towards others, it sometimes helps to work the horses together so that they can be socialized more. As soon as your horse so much as pins his ears then make him work by turning him in circles. Aggressive horse behavior will eventually become more tiring than its worth. This is not a quick fix solution and may take some time.
  • Should you attempt to socialize your aggressive horse, remember that he may take out his frustration on you. Always put safety first, and if you do not feel confident, then request the services of an experienced trainer.
  • When horse fighting gets out of hand, separating the horses is necessary to avoid serious injury.

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