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    01-02-2013, 06:40 PM
Question Aggressive while riding?

I have a 10 year old Quarter Horse mare. She is AMAZING on the ground and while riding around barrels. But, when I just want to pleasure ride her, or go on a trail ride she gets aggressive. Her biggest issue is loping. When I ask her to lope she pins her ears, shakes her head, swishes her tail, and she will occasionally buck. I have not loped her around the barrels yet, I just started working with her around them. Sometimes she does this when I ask her to just trot or turn. Is there any way to put a stop to this? She is just a completely different horse when under saddle. Thank you!
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    01-02-2013, 06:56 PM
Does your tack fit? Sounds to me like she's in pain.
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    01-02-2013, 06:58 PM
Could be a pain issue. Maybe the saddle hurts her when she lopes. The saddle could be hindering her shoulder movement.
    01-02-2013, 06:59 PM
Yes, her tack fits. I recently got a new saddle to fit her.
    01-02-2013, 08:39 PM
Make sure your not leaning forward and having tight reins.

Do you wear spurs? Also what kind of bit do you use?
    01-02-2013, 08:51 PM
Okay I will, thank you! I do not wear spurs. I use an O ring Snaffle.
    01-02-2013, 08:55 PM
Originally Posted by lovemycocoandbella8    
Okay I will, thank you! I do not wear spurs. I use an O ring Snaffle.
Okay, so then if the saddle fits and there isn't any pain involved then I would just assume your horse is just being stubborn, lazy, etc.

When your horse does lope pat her on the neck.

Make it hard for your horse to refuse to lope and easy for her just to lope. If that makes sense, lol.
    01-02-2013, 09:02 PM
Yeah. I wouldn't say she's aggressive, imo. Just lazy. I ride a gelding that does this sometimes. When he does it, I turn him in tight circles and disengage the hind and walk on and ask for the gait again. If he reacts the same, he instantly gets the same treatment. If turning isn't working, I back him hard.
    01-02-2013, 09:10 PM
Okay, thank you! I just recently bought her about a month ago. She was on pasture 24/7 and they did not work her much, and now she is getting worked almost everyday. I'm guessing that could be why she is acting this way.
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    01-02-2013, 10:58 PM
Originally Posted by lovemycocoandbella8    
I just recently bought her about a month ago. She was on pasture 24/7 and they did not work her much, and now she is getting worked almost everyday. I'm guessing that could be why she is acting this way.
Err... So how would you feel if you'd been sitting on your butt long enough to get out of shape, and then someone asked you to go for a nice long run carrying a 40 lb pack on your back? I wouldn't be surprised if you pinned your ears back too

I'd guess you need another month or two of gradually increasing work before she's really interested in cantering much. At least that's about how long it took me to get my out-of-condition mare to where she really wanted to trot & canter.
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