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post #1 of 6 Old 02-20-2013, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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four year old won't work off the lunge

Okay, so about a year ago, my boss bought a 3-year-old named Annie. She had been started badly and the woman we bought her from hadn't really done anything with her. She had ground manners, and let us groom her and tack her up no problem, but she didn't know anything about riding or lunging. So a friend and I got her lunging like a pro, even with me on her back. We took her off the lunge and she was really making progress. We even showed her in beginner dressage a couple times, and she's a natural jumper. But a few months ago she completely fell apart. It took forever just to get her to stand still so I could get on, and then she'd go crazy, bucking and rearing and spinning. We put her back on the lunge and she's okay again, but any time I try to get on her off the lunge, she's back to being crazy, completely ignoring me. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-20-2013, 09:40 AM
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What happened between the time when she was doing well to where she's at now? Any major changes? Injury, environment, riders, etc. Seems odd that she would just completely fall apart out of the blue after going well for awhile.

Other thought (though I've seen it in horses that are worked in a round pen much more than needed) is that she might feel dependent on the lunge line if most of her time has been spent there and that is where she has become comfortable and sees it as her 'safe place'. Sent home a mare not too long ago that was like that (from round penning) I don't use one, even in my indoor she'd lose her marbles and try her darndest to get to a wall because that's where she was comfortable, she was completely dependent on having that pen/wall/fence. Take her away she didn't know what to do with herself. Don't know if that is the case here but food for thought.

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At three I wouldn't expect too much to be done with her, good or bad. She had ground manners & at that age, if not with a pro, that should have been enough.
In 9 months, before she acted up, she went from knowing nothing about riding to doing dressage, showing, jumping & other stuff. Maybe she was pushed too hard?
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We redid the footing in our indoor, and that freaked most of the horses out, but Annie was fine with it until one day another horse wouldn't even walk. Annie started copying the other horse and rearing and bucking and taking off, and she's been like that since.

As for pushing her too hard, my friend and I think that's what happened. My boss (she's the one who bought the pony in the first place) has never ridden her and has only lunged her a few times. She wanted Annie to get used to having a connection and all that, but she didn't see that the pony wasn't ready. She still jumps everything you point her at (she jumped 2'3 a few days ago) but you can't have any connection or she stops and rears.
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Pain in the mouth.

Her teeth might be changing on her.

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You know, I never even considered that. Very possible
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