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    02-11-2007, 07:03 PM
  #1
Foal
Bucking like a bronco

I took my OTTB mare out for a trail ride yesterday with a friend. My friend fell of the horse she was riding and I had to run after him on my mare but as soon as we started going my mare started bucking like nuts. Going absolutely crazy, and still running.

This was at the very beginning of the ride when we had just got on, and I was riding bareback. Thankfully I was able to stay on her but I felt like I was at the rodeo!

Every time I touched her with my legs she would get upset and sometimes even squel. Eventually I caught the other horse but it was after lots of very, very gentle leg cues to finally get her in line with him close enough to grab his reins.

I thought she hated going out for the ride since was very unagreeable but today when I went to the pasture she literally galloped over and nuzzled me, then followed me. Then she went over to the gate where we went out for our ride yesterday and stared at me. It seemed like she wanted to go out again. Wow is she hard to figure out.

Any ideas on why she is acting like this? Or how to get her to stop bucking?

Thanks
     
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    02-11-2007, 09:39 PM
  #2
Weanling
Was it just you and your friend on the trail ride?

If so, this sounds to me like some good old fashioned "horse" behavior.

She saw her buddy bolt off into the woods, and was excited to go galloping into the woods after her. I wouldn't be surprised if she was actually prancing in place or became very uncomfortable once the other horse ran off.

Horses are herd animals, when their herd suddenly runs off, they instinctively want to bolt after them because they don't want to be left behind (because in the wild, the ones left behind end up being supper!)

Seems to me like her instincts just got the better of her, just anticipate that she may do this again one day ;) try to keep your eyes peeled for situations like that, where their true instincts show through :)
     
    02-12-2007, 07:53 AM
  #3
Foal
I agree, she did it out of excitement, not spite.
How often do you let her 'get some steam off'?
I retrain TBs off the track for eventing and one of the 4yo's I have does get a bit high strung when hacking, especially when another horse trots. The first few months I had her it was walking, trotting and boring flatwork, the first time I cantered her she bucked about 5 times, not to get me off, just full of herself. Now, she goes quite good although had two good bucks from her last week cantering in the hills!
Your very lucky you didnt end up like your friend and a big pat on the back for staying on bareback!
Magnesium added to their diet can also help soothe unwanted behaviour.
     
    02-12-2007, 06:11 PM
  #4
Foal
Skippy! - Yes it was just me and my friend on the ride. I think you're right, she probably just was excited. I haven't ridden her for a while. I don't think that it's just because the other horse since she was doing it before he bolted (not bucking but kicking out her heels a bit and squeling). I am sure that contributed to it though.

Razeal - She gets alot of excercise because we don't have a barn, therefore no stall to put them in. She is always running or trotting about and kicking up her heels. Yes, it is pretty lucky I didn't fall off! I'll see about maybe adding Magnesium to her diet, at least till we start riding more.

Thanks a bunch for the advise guys!
     
    02-12-2007, 06:49 PM
  #5
Foal
I agree with the other posts, but also wondering is it possible that your mare may be in heat? My mare acts like this when she's in heat, looks forward to her ride, but once she's out there, doesn't want to go anymore, gets squealy, kicky and difficult to control.
Since she was acting like that BEFORE the other horse bolted, I wonder if she'd the reason for the bolt, as she may have made that horse nervous with all her bickering.
How is she behaving at the barn? While being tacked up? Are you noticing her act like this any other time?
     
    02-12-2007, 07:48 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by BeautifulBay
I agree with the other posts, but also wondering is it possible that your mare may be in heat? My mare acts like this when she's in heat, looks forward to her ride, but once she's out there, doesn't want to go anymore, gets squealy, kicky and difficult to control.
Since she was acting like that BEFORE the other horse bolted, I wonder if she'd the reason for the bolt, as she may have made that horse nervous with all her bickering.
How is she behaving at the barn? While being tacked up? Are you noticing her act like this any other time?
Well we don't have a barn but she was acting fine while I brushed her and put her bridle on. She stood quiet and was well-behaved.

I guess it's possible she's in heat but I am pretty sure horses have a season. So they don't come in heat during the winter usually. But I don't have experience with that so I may be wrong.

As for the other horse I am pretty sure he got scared because my friend fell off but my mare was being bratty with him while I was leading him back and trying to kick out at him a bit. So she probably did make him nervous.

Also as another note I have three horses and we took two out for the ride. My other horse is an Hanovarian-Arab, he got very upset since he was left behind. He was sweating like crazy and didn't stop running back and forth the entire time. When we got back he was lathered with white foam. I don't know how to get him to calm down when we leave. I know that I should take the other horses away for short periods of time and feed him while they're gone but it doesn't seem to be working. Any other ideas?

BTW these three horses have only been living together for 2 months give or take some.
     
    02-13-2007, 09:25 AM
  #7
Foal
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BTW these three horses have only been living together for 2 months give or take some.

Aaah, that may be a lot of the problem. These horses are all adjusting to each other. It takes about six months for a horse to really become "at home" "with the herd" and bonded to you. Right now, they have new things to adjust to AND a pecking order to set straight. I'd be spending some time with the horses each day....one on one as well as with the herd. They each need to see you as the top ranking head right now.
It sounds like you have three horses each trying to figure out where they stand in this new herd. And you may or may not have at least 2 that want a high status. If this is the case, this will cause them to act up, be squealy, kick, buck, etc. And they probably don't want to be pulled away from one another at this point....bonds are being made.
Lead each horse out and away from the fences every day. Lunge them, walk them, whatever, but separate them every day and give each horse something to do. They need to be able to leave each other without a fuss, or this may turn into a herd sour issue. That won't be fun.
Reward them when they leave and work without fuss, do not reward them if they do act up. Little by little they should each come around and know how to come and go without more trouble.

Next time you ride out and leave the hanoverian-arab behind, maybe you can have another person stay back and walk him around on a lead line as you leave....and reward him on the day he allows you to all go without fuss. He will have to eventually learn that he can be alone and that eventually you all do come back. This is separation anxiety, and it can be worked out.
     
    02-14-2007, 02:14 AM
  #8
Foal
Has she ever acted like this before?

And I agree with most of the posts it sounds like she saw her mate running off and when you asked her to run she followed. Being of the track she would have thought of it as a race in turn gotten excited and bucked when you slowed her down she decided to fight you and win the race.

Next time if your freind falls of please just hopp of and check if she is ok and then go fetch the horse.

The other horse probably would have thought of it as a race aswell and would have kept running.

Sory if I sounded rude or nasty. Didn't mean to. Im glad to see that your ok. :)

Miky
     

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