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    05-16-2011, 05:00 PM
  #1
Foal
Exclamation Can't get the saddle on-But i've ridden her before..Help!!?

I have a 4 year old mare that I got from my mom the day aftter ThanksGiving so about 5 or 6 months. Before we bough her, I was able to ride her , walk tro and canter in the pen and she was amazing! But once we got her home she's not the good girl she was before. We have started working with her best we can but we don't want to push it too much.
We can get the blanket on her but you can tell she doesn't car for it. And as soon as I put the saddle on her, she gets antsy-and possible rears at times. I don't understand what's wrong. We've beening working with her best we can. At her old home, she was cross tied in the door way and stood Perfectly!! She won't do that any more (We don't have cross ties) but she's just gotten really bad and my mom is already thinking we may have to sell her

Please, if you have any tips or ideas I would love to hear them!!
     
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    05-16-2011, 10:31 PM
  #2
Started
The first thing I would look for is what changed between then and now, besides the cross ties. Is this the same saddle/pad/bit/bridle that you rode in before you bought her? If not, is everything confirmed to fit her properly? Discomfort from tack can make even the most level-headed horses fussy and irritable.

Did anything about her routine change dramatically? Change in feeds, turnout duration, etc.? Has she been seen by an equine dentist recently? If all else fails, perhaps have a vet check for any possible hormonal problems that could be affecting her mood or behavior, or causing her discomfort.

Horses don't do 180 spins from quiet to not accepting things like saddling on a whim - something is causing her behavior to change.

Good luck!
     
    05-16-2011, 10:45 PM
  #3
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Baylee,

Was there another horse at the old place with whom she was bonded? Is she now alone at your place? If so, she may be really anxious about not being in a herd, and /or being seprerated from the old herd.

OR, if your mother is more familiar with horses and has more authority with them, now that this young mare is not inside her sphere, she may be acting out more. Perhaps you don't carry as much authority or knowledge of how to deal with misbehavior, and the filly knows it, so she is pushing to see where she stands in the leadership ladder.

She may be mentally really uncomfortable because she has lost the leadership from before. IF so, you will need to reestablish a position of leadership with this filly. Do you think I am on the right track or am I way off base with this thought?
     
    05-17-2011, 08:09 AM
  #4
Weanling
Give her a chance! She's only 4 y/o and you've not had her very long... She's been taken from her home and moved somewhere else that has new smells, sights and sounds and different people. It's a lot for her to take in.

You need to take things slowly with her, spend time with her just petting and talking to her, so she'll see you as a friend.

Take your time when you tack her up, if necessary let her look at and smell everything before you put it on her (don't let her chew anything though!).
     
    05-17-2011, 08:20 AM
  #5
Foal
I would say don't panic, take your time getting to know her and let her get to know you too. As others have said she has been moved from where she felt comfortable so she may be feeling insecure about her new surroundings. She is just young so I would not put too much pressure on her until she has had time to settle and get to know you.

I would also rule out any pain too just incase, she is young and will change shape/still be growing so it may be that what fitted her before needs adjusting and this could be her way of trying to tell you.

Don't give up it will just take time.
     
    05-17-2011, 11:17 AM
  #6
Weanling
One thing that is important to think about depending on your area is Lyme's disease. If there are ticks in your area you might want to get her tested. It can cause any horse to turn into a monster because they are in SO much pain all the time.
     
    05-17-2011, 08:29 PM
  #7
Foal
Now that I think about it, She has had a change in feed from oats to regular horse grain. As for tack, She's doesn't have anyof the same saddles or blankets she used to-I know my saddle doesn't fit her (The cinch is to small for her) but we can't get anything else right now seeing as out budget is tight..

I have been working with her and just using the saddle pad and rubbing it on her back-it's the only thing I could use to get her used to for now besides using old buckets and the barrel I have and desensitizing her to them (She thinks theyre toys now and likes the kick them arouns :P)

We had a vet check done before we bought her-teeth were good as well as legs and everything inside and outside had a stamp of approval, But like you said Scoutrider she may be having discomfort with the tack that i'm using.

Thanks so much for the help every one! I will continue to just be with and around her as well as working with her on the saddle.

Thanks again!
     
    05-18-2011, 06:00 AM
  #8
Weanling
Sounds to me that the saddle 'may" not fit.... some horses are pretty sharp at remembering and letting you know if it doesnt fit especially if she was fine with her other one and the fact that she is reacting to even the saddle blanket...

From the little info you have given - I would personally think it was that...
     
    05-18-2011, 06:56 AM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by Baylee    
Now that I think about it, She has had a change in feed from oats to regular horse grain. As for tack, She's doesn't have anyof the same saddles or blankets she used to-I know my saddle doesn't fit her (The cinch is to small for her) but we can't get anything else right now seeing as out budget is tight..
I would recommend not riding then for the moment. Especially at the young age she is, you do not want her to associate saddle with pain, which is possibly what she is doing. If you do use the saddle not only will you end up needing to buy a new saddle but will end up with a hefty vet/chiropractor bill for her back.

Good luck with the rest of her training, there are loads of other things you can be doing with her whilst you save up for a new saddle.
     
    05-18-2011, 07:55 AM
  #10
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lobelia Overhill    
Give her a chance! She's only 4 y/o and you've not had her very long... She's been taken from her home and moved somewhere else that has new smells, sights and sounds and different people. It's a lot for her to take in.

You need to take things slowly with her, spend time with her just petting
That would be accurate if you've only had her for a few days but you've had her for months and you rode her before.

There are two areas that I would be looking at if I were to come to work with your horse (since you had a vet check, I would have already ruled out teeth, etc).

The first would be the handler. Is the handler, you in this case, experienced enough to be dealing with a young, probably green, horse? Does the handler exhibit the alfa horse dominance necessary so that the horse knows who is in charge?

The second thing I would look for is fit of tack. Does your saddle fit your horse or is it making him sore? What is it about the tack that concerns the horse? Is the rider tightening up the cinch too tight at first? Is the saddle pad clean so that it isn't irritating him?

I recently took a horse in trade that was labeled "dangerous" by two trainers and broke the arm of the owner's son when he tried to mount. I took the horse to a friend of mine and she discovered two knots on the horse's back and that the 9 year old still had his wolf teeth. She took care of both problems, worked with the horse at the end of a 9' lead line for ~20 min, flexed him then rode him off with no problem at all.

You need to look at the factors I suggested and have someone more knowledgeable look things over and watch you handle the horse. Keep in mind that a 4 year old horse is like a toddler and will try to get away with as much as it can to test it's boundaries.
     

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