Horse over stepping boundaries. Becoming almost dangerous.
So, this will be long and I appologize.
Some background before I get started-
I was given this mare in March in less then exceptional conditions. She was just wormy and thrown any kind of grain they decided to buy at the time.
She was 'abandoned' at the farm supposedly after she was hit by a drunk driver while in the trailer and lost an eye. Before this, she was a short stirrup pony.
After being abandoned she was left at the barn in a field for a year or two with barely any interaction let alone any work. She was still friendly with people though, just needed a new routine in life instead of just living the way she was. (Which wasn't that great)
When I first got her she was a real witch, at one point she became buddy sour with another horse she would cut me off and be pushy as all hell to get back to her friend. She would also rear if she didn't want to do something you asked of her...I put her on mare magic and slowly she seemed to get more & more mellow...
Fast forward to late spring/early summer.
Once she was up to par again I slowly started riding her and at one point was riding her 5-6 days a week and taking lessons on her once a week and she was great. Barely ever spooked besides two times. I use to put kids on her and lead them around and she was great.
In July we moved to another barn where my two horses could be pastured together, alone in there own private field. Her and my gelding have met before but were never pastured together previously at the old barn. They have grazed together in the ring and never really bothered eachother, they could have cared less. So needless to say they quickly enjoyed eachothers company together in there own field. No one was picked on or beat up.
Ever since we have moved I've had nothing but medical problems with her which I think is just a coincidence. She has arthritis in her left front which is slowly progressing into ringbone and I am/was aloud to ride w/t/c. But anyways, ever since we've moved she has slowly started to become more and more of a nightmare. Basically dangerous. When I ride her at the new place she spooks, starts crow hopping-things she NEVER did at the old place. She is a tad buddy sour with my gelding which is why she crow hops in the ring. And before someone says get a trainer- I do have one and she is also puzzled on why the dramatic change in her. My mare also has a pawing problem but at the new place she will get so wound up she furiously paws the ground so hard she puts scrapes in the brick floor.
She does have an issue with pressure on the halter..if she feels there's too much she will panic ad has been known to rear up and break cross ties even when she leans too far back and feels trapped she will snap them - I have never felt safe about this but she was never this bad until we moved barns. She has broken her halter before from pulling back on the cross ties. Even at shows I'm nervous to leave her tied to the trailer because of this.
She is a mare that knows she can hurt you. She will purposely cut corners in the round pen and just miss you. She also kicks out at you and gallops like a mad woman sometimes in the pen if you just ask for a trot.
I know she's becoming dangerous and I know it's a lack of respect for me as well. She is a horse who I need to use force on to control when she's bad or forget it. She'll just do it otherwise.
Currently we've been battling lameness issues with the hoof she has arthritis in. First vet said it was her arthritis getting worse so now she's also on previcox as well as cosequin and mare magic. But out of the blue last week she gets a quarter crack which ended up breaking off with no obvious signs of lameness or discomfort. The next day I get to the barn and she is hobbling around in pain. Called the vet who said it sounds like an abcess and to treat it like one. So I do. Suddenly the white line starts deteriorating on only the side of her hoof where the crack is. Long story short I can stick the metal part of the hoof pick all the way down into her white line. Vet was called and I'm advised to thoroughly clean it daily and apply an iodine mix then keep it clean and dry with a diaper, vet wrap, and duct tape boot.
Cleaning out the hoof at this point is the most dangerous thing for me to do with her and I'm actually nervous to do it. I have to take a needle and actually scrape out the white line which I know must hurt but it has to be clean. She figured out that of she leans back like she's going to fall that ill let go of her hoof. Most of the time I do not let go but it's getting dangerous. I have no way to remremand her.
Today we put a chain over her nose (only thing she does listen to) and my boyfriend gave her a quick shank (nothing hard) even when she started leaning back. Well she flung herself backwards and reared up on us then dropped back down to the ground shaking. I took hold of the lead and gave her a few small tugs on the chain to get her attention back to let her know she is not getting out of this. She did it twice..after the second time I wasn't so nice about it and needless to say after some words and cranks on the chain she suddenly calmed down like she use to be at the old place and actually fell asleep as I was wrapping her foot.
Idont understand why I have to use so much force--I do not enjoy it. It makes me cry because I know what she's been through but she is becoming dangerous. Her moods are so bipolar I'm actually nervous to be around her at times when I'm alone when I never was.
Today the chain actualy pinched her nose and she got two small cuts from it. Which I am SO ashamed of but how elseam I supposed to correct a horse like this? I know for a fact there's no respect towards me from her at all and I haveto use force to get it through to her. Even my trainer has to use it.
Any input? Do you think it's pain? Nothing else has changed besides her environment which I know could take its toll but its been almost 4 months already.
And please no rude comments. I would just like opinions or input. Nothing rude or hurtful!
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Last edited by SouthernTrails; 10-12-2012 at 07:17 AM.