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post #1 of 3 Old 12-12-2010, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with Arab

I have an Arab mare 4 yrs old, thought I was doing great ith her but since moving her to my place has steadily gone down Hill. She was freakin everytime a horse ent by so got another horse to keep her company, older 15 yr old mare,well trained and for my hubby to ride. Now she freaks everytime the other horse gets out of site, literally freaks out.

Now she has decided she no longer wants to ride, saddle fits, she's ok, will wear saddle all day and is fine once I'm on her, but it's a fight, she kicks back leg at me and bites. Her old saddle was bad fitting and hurt her back so is she just acting out with the new one from the old one bothering her or is she just disrespectful.

Also anyone in Cocoa Fl area know of a good trainer I can consult?

Sorry so many questions, but I'm stumped she was a good girl, now she's a brat and getting worse. I had issues ith her dominating my hubby and have somehat fixed that and don't have control issues, just riding and being alone.
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-12-2010, 11:00 PM
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Could you describe how things were when they were going well? And tell me about the changes you have made in the saddle fit.
To me it sounds as if with the addition of the new horse, your filly sees you as being much lower on the totem pole than you used to be. I think that you will have to do things such as lunging her or moveing her feet briskly (on a long lead rope, like 15 feet) when she acts snotty at cinching time. If she kicked at me I would take the rope and briskly mover her around and around me, changing directions and making her work. I might also kick her back, immediately after she kicked at me, but I have to admit that I am not certain that is the correct response. It is just that I would be really angry if a horse kicked at me. However, it has to be quick and immediate after the transgression.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-13-2010, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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I did kick her back with my little whip, I had a saddle that was too narrow and the more I rode the nastier she got when I saddled her and she refused to move. I saw a video on Does your saddle fit and realized it was too narrow for her, she's flat backed. She is not the only horse, tried same saddle on friends Arab and she got snippy after a while. The new saddle is wider and flatter, and fits her according to the video and is a western (old was an aussie).

The other female was an alpha where she was, I think she was lonesome and I spent a lot of time with her. She prefered bareback and halter and I want her to use bridle and saddle, she's green broke but was ridable but now she won't do anything unless Mariah is near. She has been moved about a lot in the last year, figured she was just lonesome. Went from being with 7 horses ,to a horse farm to, 3 horses to, my house alone, now has another horse around.

Also I am having trouble getting her to lunge, she lunged when I got her and up until I brought her here, but now we fight when we lunge, but she listens otherwise. She backs, comes when I call, I can put her halter on and even bridle her without trouble.
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