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post #1 of 2 Old 05-17-2012, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, one of the horses I have been training during the week was fine the first couple of days. Then yesterday, she turned into a bi$ch to catch, started bucking with the saddle the first couple circles of longing, she freaks out when I'm ground driving her, I give a little wiggle to turn right and she explodes and takes off to the left. Wiggle to the left, she explodes to the right. Then after we worked that out today, I got on her and she was extremely spooky, I would try to turn her and she would start backing up and act like she wanted to go up, so I of course, jumped off. I refuse to stay on a horse that is going to rear. So I get off and lunge her some more and she just stops and throws herself over backwards! I don't understand, yesterday was the first day of her heat, but I have never met a horse that was this bipolar. The second day I rode her she was nice, moving off my legs, nice and soft and calm, easy to catch and super sweet. Next day...crazy horse. Today after she threw herself backwards I lunged her and ground drove her again until she was a little calmer, then got back on. Sh still wanted to go back, so I just kept the reins loose, turned her head and drove her in a circle every time she tried to go back. Are there any other things I can try? Today I had to get off a few times because I was just shaking I was so scared she was going over on me. So I got off and walked her around so we both could relax. I'm just glad the other mare is like a complete different horse, I couldn't handle two crazies. I can do bucking, but I won't even try to ride a horse that rears. Do I just need to stick with ground driving for awhile? After a few minutes of ground driving she starts to listen, but once I get on it is just different. Would pain from being in heat be enough to cause a horse to rear? I would understand bucking, but not this. This is why I stick with the boys
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post #2 of 2 Old 05-17-2012, 07:34 PM
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I have heard of some horses that have gone a bit crazy during their heat cycle. I would ask her owner if this is a new thing or a something that is a older problem. I know some folks who have mares that they marble during breeding/show season to prevent this sort of behavior.
The other thing could be that your "guest pass" has expired and you are seeing the mares inner witch. If she gives a good tell (the wiggle to the left and explode to the right) can you shut her down? I have a horse that would do the same sort of thing last summer. He would duck his head the the left and bounce right. I started to shut down the left head duck and it was like he was unable to bounce right. The bounce did not work two or three times and he decided it was just easier to walk past the tree in the yard.
I am sure those with more training experience will be along soon with some more (translation: better) advice.
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