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post #11 of 14 Old 03-25-2009, 09:28 AM
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I have a TWH that is very high-strung and he is 9 years old I might add. With him, lunging in circles does not help him to calm down...if anything it makes him more reved up. He will get to the point that he wants to stop, but its more because he's lazy...not because he is calming down. Plus the more you send them in circles, the better they get at it and the longer it will take. The best thing to do instead is ask your horse to go in partial circles and change directions often. That will force your horse to actually think instead of just run around mindlessly. I hope this helps you...cause I know exactly how you feel. Even if I take Major on a walk...I have to give him stuff to do (like go over obstacles, backup etc) because he is so hyper...I have to make him think.

Oh yeah...I also wanted to add that everyone is right about the sweet feed. With hyper horses like ours...it makes it 10 times worse. Major acts a lot better when he is just on pellets and hay.

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post #12 of 14 Old 03-25-2009, 09:57 AM
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Keep in mind a pelleted feed can be and many times is just as high is sugars and starches as a textured feed :)
Look for a NON grain based feed

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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post #13 of 14 Old 03-25-2009, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions!
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-29-2009, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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I went out to see her again yesterday. Thanks for all your suggestions! The owners didnt want to take her off the sweet feed completely (she wont eat anything else) but is only giving her half as much. She was so much calmer already. I took her out to the long pasture, just let her run, and then lunged her for thirty minutes ( she didnt want to do anymore after that) I got on and it was quite the imrpovement. I just wanted to work on transitions between walk and whoa, and she did fantastic. It made me smile so hard. She diid spook at something, but I pulled her out of a buck and she was fine after that. Im so excited to work with her now. Thanks!
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