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post #1 of 12 Old 10-07-2007, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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what am i going to do with her

some of you will no giget who iv had a bit of trouble with. well yeterday i had my old instructor come to help me out with her as she just a bit bossy on ground. so i put the roller across her back and did up the girth and she went NUTS. she threw herself out of the yard breaking the chain. fell over got up had a bucking fit ran threw another fence fell over again then went ovr another fence. she taken all the skin off her legs ( not infected or anything just horrid looking) we worked her after this and she was fine i dont no what is wrong with this horse!@!!!!!!!!!! on the bright side you should have seen her jump the third fence very nicely. :) please excuse my rant
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-07-2007, 07:23 AM
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It sounds like a health issue to me. She must have been in pain, was she in season? This time of year sometimes mares have "harder heats".

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-09-2007, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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that wat i was thinking. but also when i bought her home i put her on lucrne working her quite hard on the lunge then when i got on her she chucked me off (twice) so i took her off the lucrne till she was in harder work i worked her for three months under saddle and she was perfect and began working her up to five times a week then put her back onto lucrne when a week later she had this hissy fit so i think im gonna keep her off the lucrne. i had a massuss ( how ever u spell that ) and a chiropractor both out to her and they saidnothing was wrong so who knows
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-09-2007, 06:09 AM
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Could she easily be one of those horses just really react to certain types of feed? I'd just keep her off the lucerne, or try a different type. What type were you feeding her when she fizzed up?
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-10-2007, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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i was told by her old owner she coliced very easily so i just had her on about a kg of cool performance pellets and half a biscuit of lucrne and 1 biscuit of grass hay but i was increasing theses slightly to see how much i could feed her to put on the weight ( she was quite skiny when i bought her) without her foudering. i am know thinking her previous owner was a MORON and by colic she atually meant go nuts. she has been working very well this week though
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-12-2007, 11:50 AM
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How exactly does a roller work? It sounds like a pain problem, or perhaps a panic attack. If she isn't used to having a roller used it may have frightened her.

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post #7 of 12 Old 10-16-2007, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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a roller is just like a small saddle it has a girth and everything and iv been using it on her for like three months
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-17-2007, 09:16 AM
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My QH used to colic easy. I fed her rice bran and a small amount of Triple Crown Complete Balance - which is highly digestible. That might be something you want to look into, especially the rice bran.

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post #9 of 12 Old 10-24-2007, 12:51 AM
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Some horse react that way when you tighten their girths too quickly. They think that they can't breathe. Some will drop to the ground, gasping for air, some will panic and run wild. It's very scary for them, they feel like they're suffocating. Try tightening the girth verrrryyyy slowly, one hole at a time. But it on at the first hole, walk her around in a large circle, put it up to the second hole, walk her in a large circle, and so on until it's tight enough. If this behavior continues, I'd consult a vet or an outside professional horseperson for an opinion. It's just not healthy for a horse to act this way. They'll continue to hurt themselves and potentially hurt other people or other horses. Chances are, it's NOT her fault that she reacted this way. It's important to not get upset with her and find out how to make her problems go away and make her a happy horse.
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-24-2007, 10:55 PM
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I had a mare who always seemed a little unreasonable (rear, bounce etc for no apparent reason) she was on what I thought was a simple diet, chaff, pellets, barley, pollard. I change her onto a natural diet (unprocesed food) from the advice of a friend and she changed into a completely different horse. So I totally believe that there are some feeds that horses react badly to.

If you've found that she reacts to lucerne, then leave it out of her diet. I have found that oaten hay works just as well at fattening them up and contrary to popular belief it doesn't heat them up.
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