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post #1 of 14 Old 06-06-2013, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Foot stomping, won't stand still - barn sour?

Today my new mare would stomp her foot and wouldn't stand still while I brushed her and checked her hooves while waiting secretly for the new facility to come transport her.

Is this a sign of being sour? I know what she wanted and that was to be out with her friends. After a short while I let her out to the pasture, and when I got the call that the truck and trailer where on their way, I walked out and brought her back to the barn. She did fine.

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-06-2013, 11:25 PM
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It sounds like she was just impatient because she wanted to be with her friends. Has she exhibited this behavior before? Does she do anything at the end of a ride when being brought back in? Does she do anything of the sort normally on crossties or in her stall?
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-06-2013, 11:35 PM
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Better nip this in the bud if you see signs of it again, as it can lead to a whole host of problems if you don't.
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Better nip this in the bud if you see signs of it again, as it can lead to a whole host of problems if you don't.
^^^^This.

Three strikes (meaning verbal warning, verbal warning with a tap on the stomping leg, stronger verbal warning with a hard whap on that leg with the riding crop).

If she's still being snotty, I'm sorry that leg is going to wish it was dead after I round-house the riding crop and holler a "I said NO!"

Just don't have the horse tied when you do that because it will jerk back and probably break loose. Have one hand on the lead rope.

Believe me that sort of discipline is a lot kinder than discipline from the alpha horse in the pasture. Or maybe she IS the alpha and was trying to "lord it over you" so she could get to her herd before someone else took her position.

Either way, that kind of behavior is unacceptable (even if she's under the PMS weather she still needs to have manners) and needs corrected before she goes out the door
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Not to sound stupid...but did you put some fly spray on her? Mine are all stomping around.
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 12:29 PM
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Not to sound stupid...but did you put some fly spray on her? Mine are all stomping around.
Good thought -- sometimes we tend to look past the simple things -- sort of like the plumber's home faucets that only need a bushing and he puts an entire new faucet system in

By all means OP, make sure she's not stomping at flies before you beat her half to death, like I suggested ----- and don't take that literal
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Not to sound stupid...but did you put some fly spray on her? Mine are all stomping around.
I was thinking the same thing

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Sometimes she will be stomping at the flies, so I always spray her legs before I start grooming. I'm always firm with her, and she usually corrects her behavior..however, she was moved to a new barn last Thursday, and she spent her first day out with the other horses in the pasture yesterday because I felt she needed some time out of the stall. When I got to the new barn today, she was wanting out, wouldn't stand still, untied herself in the indoor arena, kept pacing, so I would work her a little. She was finally put into her stall where she started pacing. I finally got a friend to help with her bridle. I kept her halter and lead line on her as I walked her outside to the big arena. Let's just say that she was wanting her way and we had to have some talks, pops, and finally taken back to the indoor arena where a man held her while I mounted her and rode her inside. Then she started throwing her head up. I know she wanted to go outside and play with her new friends, but, she was going to be ridden, even if for a few minutes. She calmed down, then I unsaddled her, and let her cool off inside the arena for about 15 minutes. She walked nicely to the pasture and ran off to play. I feel that she is like a kid with a new bicycle or at a candy store, lol. Since it is so hot and humid, I think she needs a few days to play with her friends, then, go work her in the indoor arena later in the day when she may be calmer. What do you think? At her former barn, she seemed almost too calm because she rarely moved around while grooming and saddling her. Her only problem that I corrected was bridling her, and was fine until today. I guess I would be like a kid on mt dew if I had some new friends, green grass and a nice, new home!
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If it was my horse acting like this, I would put her to work. I am not a big fan of when horses are distracted and more interested in other thing rather then me. I demand that when I am working with a horse that, that horse pays attention to me. And when they don't they have to work. When your mare acts like this use your ground work make her move demand that she focus on you. And when you have her focused on you then give her a break.
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It sounds like she was just impatient because she wanted to be with her friends. Has she exhibited this behavior before? Does she do anything at the end of a ride when being brought back in? Does she do anything of the sort normally on crossties or in her stall?
I've only ridden and owned her since May 14th, so, it has been a fast few weeks. I've only ridden her in an indoor arena at the new barn and former barn. Have never crosstied her because at her former barn, you had only one area to tie up for grooming, etc. I'm not going to ride her anywhere else until I start working her from the ground up, because she has to learn to be patient and respect again since moving, plus I want to introduce some new things to her, especially crossties, a possible bath (not sure if she even likes water). I thought about maybe going back to a snaffle bit with a headsetter. She gives straight up clues when she is questioning something new, and when she wants to go out with her friends. I thought I was going to pee in my pants when we had finished for the day and she gave a huge body shaking nay to her friends! LOL

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