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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I think that you're onto something when you say that she might be feeding off of your feelings. Horses are very sensative creatures. That's what makes them so fantastic for therapy, and its why us humans treasure our bonds with our animals so much. It helps the horse know what we want before we even do sometimes, and it helps them become our best friends. I'd say begin with trying to help yourself first. Talk to your parents. Yes, Im sure that they are busy- but you need to talk to someone. Find the root of your own depression and try to solve it. You might just find that your mare will gain back some of her 'spunk' just by seeing that you feel better. It could be possible, too, that she IS a bit bored. Can you try changing up her routine? You not being out there may be confusing her just a bit, and she may be more lonely. Try letting her out into a pasture more if you have access ( that is, if she stays in a stall) or maybe even think about finding a pasture buddy for her to hang out with if she normaly stays alone. If you do a lot of arena work, pick one day a week to just do something fun. Go on a trail ride if you have a place to do that, or just take her out and let her graze while you're with her. I don't know if you do any sort of competitive riding, and you probably don't have time to anyways now that school is getting harder (believe me, I feel your pain! I'm overloaded too!) but maybe just vary it up a bit. Let her go around some barrels one day, or trot some poles. Make up a pattern for her to try or work on moving in and out of tight spots. Ofcourse, it may be something else that is bugging her. Its hard to tell with such sensitive animals and you may just have to use a process of elimination. Start with those two things. I really hope you can find your girl's shine again! Its no fun to see our large friends depressed.
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