One of the most frequent complications during the psychological rehabilitation of mentally damaged horses is their refusal to any request or pressure. The result is always very sudden and excessive reactions that lead the animal to no longer control its movements in a coordinated way.
When the horse no longer connects his thinking faculties, he gets defensive and reacts. In the most extreme cases, to get out of the situation, the horse also throws himself to the ground or hurt himself in different parts of his body.
Self-harm is a widespread form of serious behavioral disorders and is often underestimated.
Slamming the legs on the walls of the stall is also another form of mental disorder. Social isolation and the lack of space may be some of the primary causes.
Another form of mental malaise is aggression, both to one’s own kind and to people. Usually, this attitude is very misunderstood and you prefer to brand a horse as “bad” rather than deepen its psychological state.
Many horses kept in isolation since foals often suffer from behavioural disorders that are mainly expressed by the inability to relate to other horses. It is therefore important in the phase of reintroduction to social life to protect the horse that does not know the herd rules and can be chased by the leader.