02-20-2010, 11:53 PM
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She's not sore, I've flexion tested her, gone all over her back etc. and there is nothing at all coming up. The only injury she's had has been a fractured skull a few years ago when she was reaching under a rail to get grass and spooked, smacking her head on the rail.
As for boredom or frustration, well I doubt that she is either. She lives in a very big grassy paddock with plenty of trees and two 'friends' during the day, and comes into a roomy stable with a large yard attached at night, were she can see and talk to her 'friend' who is in the stable/yard next door. She is taken out fairly often into the forrest for trail rides with her companion.
She seems like a happy go lucky type of horse in the paddock, it is her work ethic that needs improvement by the looks of it.
I certainly havent got to the point of belting her one to leave welts, for the same reason that you said above, they eventually blank out to it. I don't want to get to the point of using brute force on her, because if that doesn't work then I've trapped myself.
She's not a spooky mare, and in the stables getting tacked up you can just about tie plastic bags to here ears and she doesn't care, so I'm not sure if spooking her with the bag would help much, it might though!!
I don't have a problem with accidentally gobbing them when they leap off as a result of a strong forward cue! Having had a few ottb's that have no idea what a leg means, I've certainly sat my fair share of equine aerobics with no reins!!
I'll give her a go with aplastic bag on the whip and see how that works out.
I'm a bit dubious about tying her to another horse, she can be a bit of a grumpy bugger and I would worry that she's going to bite the gelding and wind up with a broken leg as a result of the resulting kick! But if nothing else under saddle works I may have to resort to that.