« Thread started on: Aug 5th, 2013, 11:34am »
Hello, I wonder if anyone can help? It is likely that a blood test is about to prove that my daughters pony is a false rig. I have gathered so far that the only effective treatment for this is behavioural, however I am at a loss to discover how behavioural therapy could work and wondered if riders from the less conventional, more natural world of horsemanship could shed a light on the problem.
Re: False Rigs
« Reply #1 on: Aug 8th, 2013, 7:40pm »
Hello - I m wondering what a 'false rig' is? Assuming the horse is not a 'proper' rig in that physically he s retained a testicle , it would indeed be a behavioural thing. Perhaps he was cut late , or hasnt been cut for long before you got him [ in which case the behaviour might diminish in the next few months]? Is his behaviour very 'stalliony'? I havent come across a false rig - but we did have a visiting mare that behaved like a stallion! She was incredibly dominant , rounded up the visiting mares, couldnt bear it when they were taken to be served . In the end we had to keep her on her own , as she was so disruptive[ and she walked the fence lines in pure anger!]. Not suprising - she didnt ever have a foal. Something hormaonal surely wrong there. As to your boy , wait for results before you decide what to do next. I m guessing a false rig will require firm but fair handling - as [ again assumption ] he is behaving in a less than ideal way . If this is when ridden or handled by humans [ rather than behaviour with other horses] then N H would indeed be very useful to teach him that we can control him , in a fair way , without resorting to whips/violence etc. If he is behaving in an over domineering way with other horses [ mares/geldings/both?] this again would indicate a behavioural thing. Stallions are very gentle with their herd members . We ran our warmblood with his mares and foals , the mares were in charge![ he served visiting mares too] In other words, extreme behaviour would not be normal in a stallion [ though stallions may exhibit this behaviour once they ve been handled badly and soured /no longer knowing the 'rules of horse life'.] N H really is a brilliant way to discover & /or address any behaavioural issues . I m not sayin git could neccessarily cure everything , but you d have better idea of the horse s mind and attitude , and how to deal with whatever crops up.