Originally Posted by AKPaintLover
Okay....I am guessing a combo here...testing age, spring fever, and stalling.
Stay constinstant, and don't let her get away with her attitude. Use your parelli 7 games to build the tools you need to handle her attitude. You might even give her handlers a few basics to help them out. I think the yo-yo game is going to be your biggest friend (although all will help). When she acts up - yo-you her until she is all they way back at the end of her rope. Then resume leading with her back there (but keep an eye on her so she doesn't bolt forward and run you over). Every time she acts up, yo-yo her back away from you.
Also, I would agree that turning her out 24/7 would be better than stall keeping, but since that does not sound like an option, I agree with Tom. Every time you come out - turn her out to run and play. Then work her. If you do no riding at all, at least do parelli with her. :)
I do not put much stock in calming supplements, but that is just me. I would at least try all other options before spending money on that. I do think that it would not hurt to reduce her grain even more until you are riding her again....If it will not affect her weight, just keep her on a minimal amount of grain (a handful - just enough to mix her vitamins), and just her hay. Watch her weight carefully, but if she is not doing a lot of riding, and is standing in a stall, she has no need for all that energy. I try to go to an only hay diet whenever possible, but of course add what is needed when they need it. Because Vega is hypp, keep the same grain, just give a tiny amount, that way you can build it up again when needed, and not actually be changing her type of diet. I would slowly reduce the amount too rather than just over night. :)
Good luck :)
I will ask the BO if I can reduce her grain a bit. I think she's on 1 scoop now, maybe drop it down to 3/4 or something. Or just ask for their opinion on it. When I was up there on Friday, when Gem had his vet app't. I saw a girl walk her in with another horse and she still did her prancing, but no bucks (that I could see anyways) so maybe if she's brought in with another horse that might help. I feel i'm not that skilled to do that yet, but if there's a really calm horse I could take her in with, I might do that. Maybe i'll try with Gem. I'll have to see.
I do want to do all possible options before a supplement. I'll try the daily exercise for like a month or so and see if she improves. If there's a little improvement, I might want to bring her to the lower barn so she gets pasture turn out (do you think if she has room to stretch her legs that might help?). If that doesn't help, i'll have the review my options.
She had just turned 4 when I got her, so she could have realized that I wasn't going to beat the poo out of her if she did something, like i'm sure they did with her.
We haven't quite mastered the yo-yo game, but I do back her up when she's being a jerk and I proceed from there. Anytime I feel her tense up, I back her up. I also elbow her in the neck, or push my butt into her and she'll walk.
I've also been thinking about getting a chain
I know i've previously said I'll never use one, but maybe that will make her realize i'm serious. (as of right now I just loop my current lead over her nose, and she used to responde great to it, but no so much anymore. I'd like to use the chain a few times, then go back to my current lead.)
Thanks for everyone's help! If I didn't have you guys, you'd probably see an ad for her on all those horsey sites