Hormones or lack of discipline?

I have an arab/wb/appy gelding 7 yrs old that I raised. He was the easiest horse I've ever started but the toughest to finish. When he turned 5 he got very strutty around other horses, getting worse the older he got. He is ground safe and excellent on his own, but riding with other horses he boxes his chest and can even rear at them.I have an arab/wb/appy gelding 7 yrs old that I raised. He was the easiest horse I've ever started but the toughest to finish. When he turned 5 he got very strutty around other horses, getting worse the older he got. He is ground safe and excellent on his own, but riding with other horses he boxes his chest and can even rear at them.

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:
I have an arab/wb/appy gelding 7 yrs old that I raised. He was the easiest horse I’ve ever started but the toughest to finish. When he turned 5 he got very strutty around other horses, getting worse the older he got. He is ground safe and excellent on his own, but riding with other horses he boxes his chest and can even rear at them.

He does it like a spoiled child showing off to friends. I have gone to a trainer with him, and after watching his behavior with other horse believes it is hormonal but does not have any answer.

I followed the advice of a old horsehand who knew right away to give salt peter which really helps. I don’t know what the dosage should be or if there is something better. Any info would be helpful.

Thanks
Trish

Trish,

I doubt very seriously that there is any hormonal problem with you pony. Salt-peter has no effect at all on the behavior of a horse or pony of either sex. Mares will get some hormonal imbalances that effect their behavior but it is not a problem in males. It sounds like you pony has a discipline problem and I would suggest that you contact Ms. Maggie Flowers our trainer adviser at HorseCity.Com and she will have some training advice.

Good Luck,
Dr. Lowder