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post #1 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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I just dont understand:(

I have a 2 1/2 year old draft and she is such a gentle giant but ever since winter started she has been acting really weird and I am not understanding why...When I take her out she starts bucking and kicking and she has never done that before I know that she is young but in a way I really dont think that that is the reason..Maybe anyone here might have some ideas????
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 07:35 PM
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Is she kept in more? My horse has been acting weird too. Some do when it gets cold. They just feel frisky.
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post #3 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 07:41 PM
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I know when it is colder my mare's energy goes up about ten notches.
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post #4 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Ya she has just never acted like this before...Thank you so much for your replys:)
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post #5 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 07:52 PM
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Mine all get the same way--the 12 year old, the 6 yo, and the 3 yo!! They like to get the kinks out, and the chilly air does make them frisky!

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post #6 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 07:53 PM
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My horse is doing the exact same thing. I get on him and the instant I ask him to canter he starts bucking. He never had done it before! Now i have to hold his head up when I ask him, but before each ride I lunge him out first to get all the bucks and rears out of his system.

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My draft baby's behavior changed around 2 also. Before that, he was very trusting, went anywhere I aimed him, was curious about everything new, didn't really spook but suddenly at 2 it was like he realized there were scary things in the world that hadn't occurred to him before! He also went through the teenage "Let's see what happens when I bite you." phase.

When it's cold, my guys are all much more spunky. Hang in there and make her behave! :)

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post #8 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 09:49 PM
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Cold air makes horses feel good! Mine do it all the time. Even the lazy one. haha

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post #9 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 10:12 PM
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Mine are acting the same way. (my almost 2 yr old and almost 1 yr old.) They are just feeling frisky in the cooler air and love to throw a buck or two around or run around the corral.

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post #10 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 10:20 PM
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Make sure that, if your horse is fuzzy, your girth is not pulling his hair under it. This happens commonly and can cause unusual behavior, including bucking! Neoprene girths tend to be the worst at pulling the hair when its long in winter so check your tack first. A girth cover will fix the problem. Then, of course, they do tend to get the "friskys" in cooler weather!

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