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post #1 of 14 Old 03-23-2009, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Energetic Horse

I am currently working wth my boyfriend's mother's horse. Free-a ( Thoroughbred mare chestnut) was ridden regularly about two year ago, and then hasn't been since. She is a big lovebug (excellent ground manners) but has so much energy. She is seven years old, and voice trained. We let her go out into the riding ring, and she gallops around for about five minutes. Then, we lunge her for about another ten, depending how she is that day. Shes fine being tacked up, but as soon as you get on shes ready to go once again. Do you think this is a problem of her not being worked with, or something else. SHe just doesnt want to stop, and gets WAAAY too excited. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-23-2009, 11:14 PM
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that what tbs are bred for to run, thats the kind of horses i have and really like usually why i get them for free, just ride and enjoy. if you can turn her out 24/7 that would help.
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post #3 of 14 Old 03-23-2009, 11:42 PM
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Hmm, you could try gaining a bit more respect and responsive exercises, Get her attention listening to you and doing one rein stopping when she starts going too fast.

keep in mind (ruger) is right, they were bred to run.

aslo, find out what feed she is on, make sure she isn't on anything like cracked corn that would make her hot (hyper).

Make sure that there isn't extra energy from the rider asking her to go in anyway.

I hope that all this helped!

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post #4 of 14 Old 03-24-2009, 10:28 AM
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yes tb r bred to run, and they will normaly be excited, but ive see a LOT of tbs doing drassage and they are as calm as ever. sooo... i think if you just left her in the paster 24/7 like ruger said, it would really calm her down... hope im being helpful, good luck!
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What is her normal turnout?
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-24-2009, 02:28 PM
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What's she being feed?
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-24-2009, 03:46 PM
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Lunging a TB for ten minutes usually isn't enough. I lunge mine for a good hour and a half when he's feeling particularly energetic. And it has to be a good fast trot or canter, not a lazy little pitter-patter jog.

Lunging over trot poles or fences are good energy burners, too. It also gives the horse something to think about instead of going in flat, boring circles. Try bringing her into small circles every once in a while, too. It makes it harder for her and teaches balance. She'll be a lot calmer if she gets ample exercise. It also depends on what you feed her and how much pasture time she gets.
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-24-2009, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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She is out in a pasture all the time, and is only brought in for some feedings, bad weather, or foor grooming. She is on sweet feed I do know this, and I do believe it has corn in it. I know shes an energetic breed, but my instructor said she shouldnt be so hyper since she is almost 8. Could this also be becuase we take her away from the arabian that shes been in pasture with for her whole life (she was born on this farm).
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-24-2009, 07:29 PM
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Cut the sweet feed out and see if it makes a difference. Sweet feed is basically candy. She could be on a sugar high.

The new info relating to her buddy could be part of the problem as well, your trainer should have some excersises to help with that.
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-24-2009, 08:34 PM
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ermove teh sweet feed and replace it with a good vitamin/mineral supplement or ration balancer depending on what you can get in your area..

Part of it could be buddy sour issues but with proper training that can be taken care of

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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