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        03-18-2008, 01:56 PM
      #1
    Trained
    Spring Fever, or something more? ((update))

    My mare has been acting very flighty for the past couple of months. I cannot take her inside without her prancing or throwing a buck. I tried backing her when she trots or bucks, but it never works. I've yanked on the lead and that did absolutely nothing. I have hooked the lead over her nose (no I don't have a chain, nor do I want to use one) and that seemed to have worked in the beginning, but not anymore.

    She's gotten to the point that only a few people can bring her in/out of her paddock.

    She has also thrown numerous bucks when i've ridden her and i've just gotten to the point where I have no idea what to do next, and where I don't want to take her out of her stall because she just can't behave.

    I am thinking about putting her on some supplement that could calm her down (like Mare Magic and Easy Mare, both of which are on smartpak.com) but they are kinda all of moody mares when they're in heat,and I know she's not in heat all the time. But I dunno if that's the way to go.

    So basically I just need direction. Thanks

    Edit: I found this on smart pak and it looks legit. There's also an ultra kind too. Tell me what you think
    http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...CID=C11284x040
         
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        03-18-2008, 02:13 PM
      #2
    Banned
    It might just be spring fever. One horse at the stables where I board got crazy once the warm weather started coming. He's go into "rodeo" mode (as we all called it). He wouldn't stop, would try to rear or buck when you made him stop, and would just want to go fast all the time.

    How does she act in the stall? Is she still misbehaving, or does she behave fine?

    Try, when leading her places, to turn her in a tight circle if she misbehaves. Most horses don't enjoy going in tight circles, so she hopefully would realize that if she stops misbehaving, the circles will stop.

    How long have you had her?
    How did she act when winter was starting?
    If you've had her over a year, how was she last spring?
         
        03-18-2008, 02:20 PM
      #3
    Trained
    Lets see. She's been acting like this since like the end of Summer around.

    At times she's flipped out in her stall, but she's not constantly moving and she's never kicked the walls or anything.

    Last Spring was when I first got her. She was alright I guess. I mean I was just getting used to her and how she operated and stuff. I was rarely ever able to make her walk a full time around without her breaking out into a trot. Walking her anywhere is such a huge chore that it's rather ridic.

    I've tried circles and they don't work. She'll keep going. And I don't really like putting her on tight circles because it puts stress on her joints.

    She's just been like this all fall, winter and now going into spring and it's really starting to concern me. At first I thought it was the change in the seasons, but it's an everyday occurrence that it just doesn't make sense to me. While other horses would be feeling good on like a warm day, she'll freak out no matter what!
         
        03-18-2008, 02:27 PM
      #4
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by appylover31803
    lets see. She's been acting like this since like the end of Summer around.

    At times she's flipped out in her stall, but she's not constantly moving and she's never kicked the walls or anything.

    Last Spring was when I first got her. She was alright I guess. I mean I was just getting used to her and how she operated and stuff. I was rarely ever able to make her walk a full time around without her breaking out into a trot. Walking her anywhere is such a huge chore that it's rather ridic.

    I've tried circles and they don't work. She'll keep going. And I don't really like putting her on tight circles because it puts stress on her joints.

    She's just been like this all fall, winter and now going into spring and it's really starting to concern me. At first I thought it was the change in the seasons, but it's an everyday occurrence that it just doesn't make sense to me. While other horses would be feeling good on like a warm day, she'll freak out no matter what!
    hmmm...why do you keep her in a stall? Is it just an overnight thing? Or is there a reason that she needs to be in there.
    Sonny, no matter what time of year it is, goes crazy if he's been in a stall. He down right hates it. If he was put it one night, and I came to get him out the next day, he'd act up even when he was outside. For Sonny, I just keep him outside 24/7, rain or shine. He behaves better for me, and enjoys it more.

    What type of halter do you use? Have you tried using a rope one?

    So she has been doing this for a while...how do you react when she does it? Do you let her get away with it? Or do you correct her? It might be a dominance issue. Some parts sounds like she's trying to test you.
         
        03-18-2008, 02:39 PM
      #5
    Trained
    I really don't think she's trying to test me. It's more that she's just very sensitive to everything around her. She's stalled from about 4pm to about 8am the next day. I could keep her out 24/7 but there's no shelter out there and the mud is even worse than her paddock (if that's even possible)

    She has been acting like that for a while. When she's really bad, I'll back her from her paddock until the entrance to the barn. Walking her from the barn to get ridden, she'll always trot and throws out a couple bucks.

    I don't know if you saw the video of me riding her, but asking her to walk or just stand still is impossible. I've tried everything from having someone hold her to putting her right up to a fence and she still moves. I always correct her when she misbehaves, but it's just gotten to the point where I don't want to do anything with her because she's always acting out.

    She's always worse if she's kept inside for a day (due to the weather) I've even lunged her to get her sillies out and it just doesn't help. She'll still trot and buck. And I don't lunge her for like 5 minutes. It's for quite a while.

    I was looking into this SmartCalm that's supposed to help with behavior issues and am seriously thinking of trying it out.

    I would like to get into showing her, but I have no idea how she'd react to anything!

    I have thought about selling her, or leasing her out, but I just can't bring my heart to do that.
         
        03-18-2008, 06:25 PM
      #6
    Trained
    Any one else know about calming supplements? Or about the ones I posted?
         
        03-18-2008, 08:37 PM
      #7
    Started
    Are you graining her? It could be as simple as a change in her feed after you bought her. If you do give her grain I suggest you cut the ration in half to start and go from there. Maybe find out what the previous owners fed her if her behavior is much different from then. Try to remember and figure out what happened before she went silly willy on ya. Change of feed, change of exercise/turnout.. etc
         
        03-18-2008, 08:42 PM
      #8
    Trained
    Well she's on the same feed from when we got her, she's still at the same place. The only thing I can think of is that I've been working full time, but I didn't start working until January, and like I said she's been like this since around the end of summer. She has an a few different horses come and go in the stall next to her, but I can't see that really affecting her. She didn't like Roy, Susie got her sick, and now she has some other horse there.
         
        03-18-2008, 08:54 PM
      #9
    Started
    Oops, I forgot to say I have no experience with calming supplements but I do know of a feed that seems to be very good at it. Kool & Kalm . A friend of mine is using it on a spooky/squirrely gelding and it's helping him.. BUT he's not acting up due to other stimuli.. He's just that way.. :)
         
        03-18-2008, 08:57 PM
      #10
    Trained
    Vega will react to anything, and I mean anything. There could be someone walking in snow and it sets her off. Someone could be talking it sets her off.

    I'm not sure if I could change her food. For 2 reasons, 1, I have no idea if that's allowed at the stable I board at. They seem to have a general food for all horses. And 2, she's hypp positive so the feed has to have a low percentage (less than 1%) of potassium
         

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