Hello, I'm Toni aka the Babysitter. Lol. I'm 47, in Oregon and ride a paint.
Any one have any input or similiar experience like this:
I've had Kit Kat 1 1/2 yrs. She's 17. She's a dream come true. Tons of professonal training. Was a student horse. All the right stuff. We ride trail only. Private properties, equestrian parks, the beach etc...
She's an alpha mare. She comes and goes in and out of heat...no problem...till today:
Today were riding on private property. 4 of us. All gildings except mine. In heat of course. Ok...it's never been a problem before. Up ahead in a fenced pasture is a small herd of shaggy, miniture, pinto ponies. Of course they all come up to the fence as were riding by. Well everyones horses are pretty fine with the new visitiors all running up and walking along the fence line with us. Except Kit Kat...she freaked out!! I mean freaked bad. Spun circles, uncontrollable, trying to get far away, ran away with me about 300 yards. Wouldn't woah, wouldn't slow down, just flat out flight!
I got her stopped and bailed off. She was high headed, nostrils flared, top lip turned up, sniffen the air and still nearly uncontrolable. I attempt to walk her toward the ponies so she'll see they're just little fuzzy ponies, but her fright became worse. I ended up having to back her up about 30 feet to distance ourself from them. She was shaken in her skin and sweating. Top lip still curling up and still freaked out. Some how, some way I got her back to the horse trailer. Took about 20 minutes to go 200 yards.
I learned later there was a stallion pony in the heard.
At home 3 hours later she had calmed a bit but was still pacing and looked worried.
Any one ever have a mare do anything similiar?
Or have any ideas as to what the heck possesed her.