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        04-30-2009, 09:48 PM
    Green Broke
    Could be a number of things, from an injury/sore back to the sweet feed like you mentioned. When Sandie was put on sweet feed she went NUTS...she went from being a super calm horse to throwing me off her back out of nowhere one night!

    So I had them back down the amount they were giving her, and after a few weeks of reduced sweet grain and working her on a regular basis, she was back to her normal, calm self again!

    BTW I think you and pony look cute together! She doesn't appear 15hh in the picture, but maybe it's because you're tall and it's making her look shorter? To put things in perspective, we measured my horse (err, pony technically I guess by her height lol), Sandie, and she is only 14.1hh. Although she looks bigger in my pics because I'm only 5'1"! I just LOVE ponies!!

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        04-30-2009, 11:06 PM
    Well, I knew when I did it that it was the wrong thing...but she was being so rotten I didn't know what to do so I put her away. The week before she was being rotten, but I got her to walk once around the arena and then rode her around the pasture for a bit so we ended on a good note then. But yesterday was terrible. Once she tried to buck, I got off and decided to lunge her. Then she wouldn't lunge, kept charging me, I didn't have the lunge whip only a I just said 'screw it' and put her away. I will NOT give in so easy next time! I realize I have twice as much work ahead of me next week now though
        05-01-2009, 11:31 AM
    Sounds like there was a safety issue, I don't blame you for putting her up. Hopefully a change in feed will settle her down. I know it can have a huge impact on attitude.
        05-01-2009, 01:01 PM
    We'll see. I hope it settles her down because I miss my FUN Disney to ride. I used to ride her on trails, around the pasture at the old place like nothing. I even started walking her over small cross rails because the owners daughter wants to do jumping. I was really looking forward to getting to work with her in that big arena and since we've been out there she's just been a BRAT
        05-02-2009, 09:03 AM
    Green Broke
    A lot of times it's also the weather/time of year for mares...they all get kinda CRAZY in the spring, esp. Mares!! Mine has been acting out like crazy lately!! My trainer said if you can get through the month of April, you'll be good lol! And look it's MAY! Things will calm down soon!
        05-02-2009, 10:03 AM
    I think you look just fine on your horse. I would be surprised if that horse is even 14h though. As Cat, the haflinger queen, said, haflingers are sturdy little buggers.
        05-02-2009, 11:21 AM
    The ideal ratio is for your weight to not be more than 20% of the horse/pony's weight. I'm 5'9" and ride our very sturdy 13.3 POA. He's about 950 lbs. I don't have any pictures of me riding him but my legs do look long on him, a little below his stomach.

    Next time you lunge her, make sure you take a lunge whip or at least a 12 foot lead that you can swing in a circle around you to keep her out of your space, little booger! Hope you work through this. Ponies can get really naughty because they are usually ridden by kids and get away with stuff and it's hard to find an adult small enough to discipline them. Lots of exercise, mentally and physically really helps take away that ponytude!
        05-02-2009, 12:33 PM
    Yes, next week I will be lunging her before I get on! Thanks for all the advice
        05-02-2009, 12:41 PM
    On another note, her mom offered me a foal out of the paintxbelgian cross for free - in exchange for working with her horses. I don't think I'm going to take her up on it though, I don't have the time to work with something from a baby!
        05-03-2009, 07:05 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by rottenweiler    
    On another note, her mom offered me a foal out of the paintxbelgian cross for free - in exchange for working with her horses. I don't think I'm going to take her up on it though, I don't have the time to work with something from a baby!
    Im glad you are at least thinking about not taking her offer up instead of just jumping head first in to it thinking free foal!

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