I discuss how to set horses up for success by spreading hay into several piles so horses can be pushed off and not have to defend their food. I show horses that allow me to approach and invade their space and I show horses that get a little protective of their hay and do not want to yield to me. The big mistake a lot of people make if they feed horses by gates, corners, water and they get lazy and do not make multiple plies of hay. When you only put one or two piles the high horses get the food and the lower horses learn to fight to eat. This is how horses are “taught” to be food protective and aggressive, by humans that do not think like a horse or understand horses, herd behavior and pecking order.


17 Responses to Feeding Horses in pasture – Aggressive Mare pushing humans – Rick Gore Horsemanship

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks. I will try to maybe freed her! Thanks for the help!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m not Rick nor an experienced horse person, so please take my suggestion with a grain of salt. When I got my mare she was extremely aggressive around food, even when there were 4-6 hay nets available. I have taught her to respect me by playing on the one thing she wanted from me: food.
    When she saw me coming and behaved bitchy I would just stop and wait until she behaved calmly. I would ONLY feed her or come closer when she behaved calm and respectful. Takes a lot of patience, but no violence.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What do you do if a horse in a stall while you give them hay is aggressive. At my barn the mare is aggressive and shakes her head when you try to pet her and get all bitchy. When you go in she goes back but if you don’t feed her right away she tries to bite you. How would I get over my fear of ever feeding her.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I laughed really hard at 9:05

  5. Anonymous says:

    we have to seperate my horses too or else they would fight for it

  6. Anonymous says:

    excellent video, was out feeding horses today with carrots. Me and my gf were charged off, was pretty scary at one point. exactly how you explained it. its put me off horses.

  7. Anonymous says:

    hi my buddy has 5 horses i get along with all of them except 1 hes the dominant horse, 1 time i was in the middle of the pasture and he came running right at me
    so i reached down and grabbed a lil stick and raised it above my head, well he stopped dead, but most times i go into the pasture hes acting agressive, does clapping your hands really loud work?? thanks.

  8. Anonymous says:

    aight, like sway around with my backpack?

    But what happens normally when I approach the fences they run up to you and say hello and want petting and food, if I just stand there and let them surround me is there a big chance of getting kicked or rammed? (; ( as you say in this video, dont walk between them) and sorry for the language, Im from Norway.

  9. Anonymous says:

    : you walk in like king horse, you don’t back down, you ask for movement and then you demand it with a stick, rock or plastic bag, whatever it takes to get horse to yield to your space.

  10. Anonymous says:

    how would you go if you were walking into a unknown herd? I sometimes walk into these places looking for mushrooms and I met a few pushy horses. and I never been around horses so your videos are sort of my introduction. but I dont know if Id dare to just spank and mess around with em like that when Im a complete stranger to them vice versa. would you recommend feeding them ro do you have any other advise? thank you … cowboy

  11. Anonymous says:

    : The tail is a huge communicator for horses, it chases flies, it raised to look bigger, it slaps other horses and disciplines young horses, it shows pain, it shows irritation, it shows resistance, it threatens, it warns, it gets your attention. So anytime a tail is doing anything, pay attention, the only time it is still and not moving is when a horse is relaxed, comfortable or sleeping.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ahh 10 min is not long enough!!! Great video Rick.

  13. Anonymous says:

    yeah i dont understand what tail swishing means. all i know is that it chases away flys

  14. Anonymous says:

    : I understand what you mean? You don’t know what swishing means or you don’t know why it is important to pay attention to a horses tail?

  15. Anonymous says:

    How in the world could a broken leg be your fault when you’re not the one out there? My granddad trained his hunting dogs. A neighbor said “Why can’t you train my dog to be that well behaved?” Granddad said, “I can get him to mind ME.” – and the lady got all offended that animals take our time to work with.

    Anyway, awesome video, but now you made that poor little mare starve because she’s not getting any hay. You can see in the vid she’s practically anorexic! 😉

    /sarcasm tag firmly on/ :-)

  16. Anonymous says:

    “I’ll show you a lesson on back feet and dancing” love it. I can imagine a horse to think that

  17. Anonymous says:

    i dont understand tail swishing….???