Hi, I have a question.
I am still pretty new to horses, I'm def. Not a pro or expert.
Last year I got a 10 yr old walkaloosa gelding, he was very poor with bones sticking out, it took about 8 months but slowly he is back to great health!
He was very calm, sweet, and loving and he was not worried about anything really, he was not skiddish or spooked easily, he didn't flinch at anything to be honest.
He was great around passing cars, noises in the woods, we could even throw a tarp over his back.
Well I got sick over the winter, so he was in the fields alot and not taken out or messed for like 3 months and now he is afraid of every little noise, he jumps at everything.
He is scared of cars now, you can't make any noises around him, he freaks out over the weedeater and mower ect.. And none of this ever bothered him before he didn't even lift his head up at these things.
So I'm wondering what to do about it, and why it happened?
He came to me already trained and I'm def. Not a trainer, I am trying slowly but he's just not wanting to get used to all these things again!
What made him so afraid of these things now?
We used to be able to ride him right up the road with 6-7 cars passing by and now we have to get off and try to hold him still when a car comes, he gets all nervous and pulls away and dances all around.
So after that we totally avoid the road and cars.
Also, I was out in the field with him just walking around checking the fences, when out of no where he starts bucking, running by me, and raring up???
He has never ever done that before. I was told he was probably playing well still I don't need his big feet playing in my face lol.
He also used to be kinda loving, he would let us give him hugs and he would lay his head on out shoulders, really sweet horse, but now he jerks his head up away from us and sometimes we can't even pet him he slings his head.
Any tips on what's going on and how to start to correct this?
I've been watching videos, I want to learn and not have to send him to a trainer..
Where in WV are you? I have a friend and trainer who is wonderful and would work with you and the horse. You are new, and I think there are several things going on. One being the horse is now feeling better, it is spring, they are all feeling good, and he is now getting to know that you do not have the knowledge to be his leader. You cannot learn horsemanship from videos alone.
If you are at all close, please, please contact JBit Ranch. Todd is a wonderful supportive teacher. You will learn a LOT from him. Guaranteed.
I can tell you exactly what has happened -- He can't stand prosperity! That is what we have always called it.
It is very common for thin horses to be lethargic and unfazed by anything. As they fatten up, they get to feeling better and you find out how much actual 'training' they have. The 'real horse' re-emerges. If you ride and work them consistently as they fatten up, you lessen this phenomena, but it still happens.
I am afraid that what you have now is what you get. This is one reason that we have always ridden and worked thin horses that we acquire. If you wait until they are fat and look better, you can have a lot bigger training project on your hands.
I'm in Webster County WV.. Thanks for the info and the site, I'm checking it out now!
Yes, he is the only horse we have!
As for riding him when he was that thin and skinny, I would never. He was realllllly poor like boney and nasty and I'm pretty heavy.. His back bone was sticking up like 4 inches..
I'll have to get pics up of him then and now..
I was raised around horses, my mom always had them when I was growing up but I've never had to work with one or train one, they were already trained and kid safe lol..
I'm not a pro, I like the slow gentle trail horses, and that's what he was when I got him. The guy said I had to ride him before he'd let me say if I really wanted him or not, he wanted me to be sure and spend time with the horse before I decided.
But yeah he really scared me when he went flying by the head bucking, in fact that is the first time we have ever seen him run.. Just seen him run again today.
Someone said it was the feed I was giving him that it makes them really wild and hyper like giving them candy. I was also giving him crack corn over the winter like I was told.
He's feeling better because he's put his weight back on, and as Cherie stated, you're seeing his real temperament for the first time.
He was too underweight and feeling bad to even think about spooking or acting up when you first brought him home. If he's alone without another companion animal, that will also contribute to his spookiness. Horses are herd animals, and there's safety in numbers. He feels vulnerable all alone.
If you can't get him another horse as a companion a mini, goat, sheep, or even a llama will do.
Thanks for the tips, I didn't know they would get along with a goat or sheep. I could try that.
As for riding him when I got him, do you see why I didn't want to? Or do people still ride them with them that thin? I still spent alot of time with him though, we did alot of walking and talking lol, I'd take him on walks to let him eat the really high grass.
So all that time he was acting all gentle and perfect and sweet was because he was sickly and didn't care about anything but eating? That is sad..
You did good not to ride him. I was shocked at how much his spine was standing out from his back. No wonder he was quiet; he had no energy!
There's nothing saying he won't come back down to being a sweet boy, it's just that he's feeling soooo good right now, he can't help himself.
Yes, sheep make pretty decent companions for horses. They're quiet, calm, don't generally test fences, and dumb as a box of hair.
I don't know what you're feeding him by way of grain, but if it's sweet feed, you should switch him over to something else. The sugar in sweet feed is like giving a child an ice cream cone for dinner. Sure, it'll put weight on 'em, but it'll also make 'em hyper!