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post #1 of 12 Old 03-28-2009, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Is your horse extra sensitive in the Spring?

I've noticed my mare is a little sensitive lately. Usually she is a very calm horse with a good head on her shoulders, but lately she's been a bit jittery and very alert with everything around her. She's got a lot of pent-up energy in her as well and gets a little impatient being in the barn. She's not badly behaved mind you, just a little more "alert."

Today I was hand-walking and hand-trotting her up the road and she spooked at something, I have no idea what. She rarely spooks, but today she actually seemed AFRAID. I could really sense it in her. I think one defense mechanism for her is putting up her dominant front -- meaning, she tucks in her chin and does a head frame, and kind of prances. She was getting a head of me a little when I was leading her.

I calmed her down as best I could by talking to her and petting her, but I decided to bring her back to the barn because she really did seem scared of something. It could have been a coyote or a bear she smelled in the air, because we have both around the barn. Or, she could just have been a little hyper-sensitive and hearing all the "weird" sounds of Spring. With the snow melting, water is rushing everywhere, etc.

I find the more time I spend with her, lunging or walking or riding or whatever, she seems to calm down. I think its mainly her having a lot of energy from standing around in the snow all winter. She is by no means a spooky horse. She just seems a bit more sensitive to things these days...

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-28-2009, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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OMG Yes!!! I have been going through this with Thunder for the past couple days. I rode him yesterday and he blew up because he saw my boyfriend at the other end of the arena standing by his truck. He freaked out about his truck even though he's seen it a bazillion times and even been ridden past it outside! He was spooky about meeting someone new as well. He tried to take off sideways on me and went about a good hundred feet hopping trying to put his head down I lost my stirrups, gripped his sides and hung on! Lol Eventually I got him to cool down. Today he seemed tired and maybe a little sore because off his big day yesterday, so I just let him out to stretch and stuff. Ugh, but it must be spring! He was even very ALERT in the crossties and wouldn't stand still as usual todya.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-29-2009, 09:38 AM
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I would say that it is the result all that lovely winter feed and little exercise !

My mare T, who under normal circumstances you could ride on the highway (if it were legal) with tractor trailers zipping by, and she wouldn't bat an eye over it.

Springtime and the first few rides and yup! I have a totally different horse. Hyper-vigilante and pretty sure that we should return to the barn every few yards!

Doesn't last long, and she is back to her usual stoic self!

We have a saying here in Maine. You may own/ride only one horse but you get a different horse with every season!
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-29-2009, 01:35 PM
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Yup -- spring is sprung, the grass is riz, mental all the horses iz!

Totally normal.
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Ok, haha, good! I'm not the only one with a spazzy horse these days!

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post #7 of 12 Old 03-29-2009, 02:10 PM
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We have a saying here in Maine. You may own/ride only one horse but you get a different horse with every season!

LOL, true in MN too. My horses are usually nutty in the spring too. Even the old ones. Combination of nice weather and very little exercise over the winter. They are usually confined to the paddock (occaisional rides) which is in the back of the property and away from the road & other activity. So each spring its a reacclimation to the world. But hey I did get Soda to walk over a tarp yesterday both in hand and on his back... so we are making progress. And he didn't run in terror from the leaf tornado on the road, thought about it though... I could read his mind "OMIGOD what is THAt... is it going to eat me? Wait the girl isn't scared... Well I'm still going to watch it REALLY closely, just in case." Funny horses
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I remember every spring, when I was growing up, my granny would always warn me that the horses were going to be extra squirrelly for a while...


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post #9 of 12 Old 03-29-2009, 09:28 PM
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Glad I seen this because our 3 act nutty from time to time and this would explain it LOL. Our first spring w/ these boys.


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post #10 of 12 Old 03-29-2009, 10:50 PM
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Been out on the trails the last 3 weeks and yes springtime is here and the horses are as goofy as the weather, I hit the ground twice yesterday off of the same horse that i've ridden before and no problems, he was just spooky at every little thing and bolted several times in places where the ground was not the best place to fall, OUCH
I got sticker thorns all over my body and bruises like crazy from hitting the rocks and bushes, the last time I hit the dirt I had to walk back to the barn the last 1/4 mile as he was spooked so bad that he took off and trotted back without me, very un charateristic of this horse, could be a mt lion is in the vacinity or something not usual that he is getting a whiff of but that all comes with springtime, I hurt all over and am getting too old and the soreness is getting harder to take the older I get, LOL
Last week it was rattlesnakes but we won't go into that, Ya all know the saying that green broke means the color of the bruise ya get when ya hit the ground, Well I am very familiar with that right about now. LOL

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