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post #1 of 8 Old 07-04-2012, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Drastic personality change?

So I just bought my mare Mango on Saturday. When I first went and test rode her, she was very antsy and nervous. She was the same way Sunday when I picked her up. She was pushy and anxious up until the time we got her on the trailer. Well as soon as we unloaded her at my barn she backed off nicely, trotted a couple of circles around me, then just calmed down. She walked around calmly, didn't spook, acting as if she's been there before. She called to the other horses a few times but other then that, completely calm. Anyway, she's been super calm ever since we've gotten her home. She had the farrier out today and the BO sent me a picture of her standing quietly with the farrier working on her, she wasn't even tied up, and she was standing quietly. Has anyone had this happen before?

Everyone has been shocked by the difference in her. I'm not complaining, just curious what could cause such a drastic change.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-04-2012, 12:23 AM
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I strongly believe in horses hating certain places. Because my mare clearly dislikes certain places. I've noticed that if there is drama going on at the barn she gets antsy. Which make sense. Take an animal that is trained to look to humans to see if things are okay, and if all the humans are tense, then clearly they should be tense and prepared for whatever is coming.

Odds are your horse didn't like her previous place for whatever reason.
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are you familiar with where she came from?
are they trustworthy to not have attempted to drug her & she had an opposite reaction than they really wanted?...it is now out of her system and she is calm. sometimes drugs in the wrong hands or given for the wrong reason will cause behavior changes. glad it turned out positive for you..would love to see pics of your new mare :)

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I am familiar with the lady I bought her from, she runs in the same circle that I do. I don't believe she was drugged. I thought maybe she just didn't like the place she came from but I had never seen nor heard of that happening. I absolutely adore her and I'm shocked at the difference.

Also, you can see her picture if you click on my horses! :)
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I believe that horses can be MISERABLE at certain places and/or with certain people. And I've seen horses soften and relax when they feel safer and like the vibes of the people around them.

When I first got my gelding, it was an odd thing because he came with the house I bought. There were 5 horses on this small acreage, and they left him behind with me but took the other 4. I was SO worried that he would be anxious and very upset, but to my surprise he was delighted! He never missed a beat. In fact he steadily improved - gaining weight, showing interest in me and daily activities, having a happier/brighter attitude... So maybe your mare is just happier now! And that's a very good thing! :)
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Honestly, I was expecting the opposite when I read the title and first sentence. I am glad I am surprised. All I can say is don't get complacent. Give her a week or two, in case she was drugged, and then start to judge her personality. Good luck! I hope things don't change.
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Yes, I think horses can be stressed in one location and not another due to the general vibe of the place. They are such sensitive animals, more so than a lot of people allow for or understand. A lot of stressed behaviours get written off as "naughtiness."

I kept my horse at a barn that was okay when I first moved there, but over the course of a year the whole atmosphere changed and it was increasingly chaotic, stressed, tense. My horse took up relentless field pacing as a hobby and dropped a ton of weight. We had vets out, we were feeding her as much as we could, but she would not keep weight on. Worrying when your horse is in her late teens! You wonder what could be wrong. Then I moved to a new livery yard where everything was very calm, under control, and happy. The field pacing stopped and the horse started putting weight on, no problem. It was a lesson in how much the vibe or atmosphere of a stable matters.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-04-2012, 10:06 AM
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If at the other place, there were people cracking whips, yelling and chasing horses around for hours, or a lot of insane activity, kids, dogs, or what have you?

Yes, a sensitive horse will be upset by that. Same as if someone is rough in their handling.

Seen this quite a few times. Handling of a horse, AND the surroundings can change things drastically.

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