Described as “the worst case of cruelty” this ten-year-old thoroughbred mare recovered
to start dressage training and then serious show-jumping.
Many dogs are self-protective when hurt (so are we!) and will growl to warn people
off. Lucy suddenly retired to her bed, which was under the open-plan stairs in the
hall. She refused to to play and, as the children ran past, she would growl and watch
them intently. One day, Lucy swung at one of the kids’ friends as he ran past too
close and made contact, nipping his calf…
Is it worth trying again…?
Undisciplined behaviour can be a result of training problems, painful problems, emotional
problems or some medical problems.
Once medical problems are ruled out, other sources of pain should be investigated.
A chiropractic assessment can tell quickly whether there is a saddle problem, tack
problem or skeletal problem (including the teeth and jaw).
Fear of pain can result in some animals shying away from something that reminds them
of a previous hurt - from cruelty, a badly fitting harness, saddle or tack, another
animal who has hurt them, or even an object that has scared them in the past.
Other animals show self-protective behaviour, trying to guard against another hurt,
that may appear as aggression.