Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Yes, some horses adjust well, others do not. You have been lucky, your horses were ones that adjust well and were trained to be calm in new situations.
This horse is different. I've had horses, like you, that adjust fabulously, and you can take them anywhere, do anything with them, they are awesome (those are usually horses who have been exposed to shows). I've had horses that, like I mentioned, freak the heck out, forget all their training, and have melt downs. I call it a good training opportunity. I've also had horses who do an in between, nervous, but controllable, tiny freak out where they just need to be left alone for a day or two and then they turn into their normal happy selves.
My point being: This doesn't mean the horse was drugged, or is dangerous NECESSARILY. Notice, I said "give her a few days." That means if it IS adjustment issues (which I really do believe it may be) then it will clear up in a few days. The point is that she has not given the mare adequate time to adjust, nor does she know the mare well enough to know what is normal.
If she is still like this in a week, I would definitely question something. But just because she is freaking out in her stall does not mean that she was drugged or is going to be a monster. Either of those is possible, of course, but it is way too early to make that sort of determination. Just the fact that mare calms down when she is comforted by her new owner leads me to believe it is in fact an adjustment thing and not an aggression thing.
** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **