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post #1 of 17 Old 07-22-2011, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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I need some tips

(I apologise in advance for the lengthy explanation, and I hope this is the right section)

So I have a 5 year old AQH mare who I trained myself and she is doing really well. She respects me on the ground and is an absolute dream while I am riding her, but recently I have discovered a wierd quirk of hers and Im not sure how to handle it. My uncle recently purchased a round pen and placed it inside of his pasture. His pasture is right next to mine and to get to the pen you have to walk down a gently slopeing hill. He aggreed to let me use it so naturally I was very excited. I tool my mare into his pasture and started walking her down the hill when she suddenly started acting up. It really surprised me because she is usually very well mannered. She didn't want to walk foreward and when I finally got her to move she would dart foreward and almost knocked me over. I had to fight her the whole way down the hill and once I reached the flat part near the pen she was fine. I walked her around and shrugged it off as her getting spooked by something or being afraid of the new pasture. I lunged her for about 30 minutes and then let her walk so she could cool down before I took her back to her pasture. On the way back up she didn't act up and everything was great.

The next day I took her on a trail ride around the farm. She was acting really hyper and wanting to run so after ten minutes of trying to hold her back I decided to go ahead and lunge her. I rode her into my uncle's pasture and started down the hill. She imediatly started acting up and didn't want to go down the hill. She balked up and no matter how much I encouraged her she would not go down that hill. I ended up having to get up and try to walk her down the hill. She continued to act up and once I got her down the hill she was fine again...

This has happened repeatedly and Im not really sure whats going on. I would really like to be able to lunge her in the round pen without having to fight her down the hill. Im afraid I will get hurt if this continues so I have stopped trying to get down there for now. I have tried everything I can think of to get her over this fear. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get her over her fear or whats causing it?
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-22-2011, 11:18 PM
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I would suspect pain that is caused when going down hill.....using muscles differently.

My 3yr old mare tonight decided mud was going to attack her so 10 min later I got her to calmly walk through it.
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-23-2011, 12:33 AM
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Was there an electric fence there before? Or is there something there that looks like an electric fence?
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post #4 of 17 Old 07-23-2011, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Mysticalhorse: thats sort of what I was thinking, but the only thing that makes me hesitate on saying it is pain is that in my pasture right next to my uncles is on the same hill and she seems to have no problems with it. I experiamented with walking her up and down that hill and she was fine. Plus I had my uncle who is a farrier and trainer check her over and he said as far as he could tell she should be sound. I know that a vet's opinoin would be more viable, but right now we are kind of in a hard place finacialy and would perfer not to call a vet in unless we absolutly need to.


AmazinCaucasian: My mare has never been in that pasture before but the fence has always been in the same spot. From were I take her down the hill you can not see his fence(2 strings of barbed wire and 1 string of electric) until you reach the flat area by the round pen.
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-23-2011, 10:17 AM
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Maybe its seeing the round pen? So strange!
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-23-2011, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Mabe, but she seems like she really enjoys it once I get down there. Her ears are forward and she is really relaxed. I have had her since she was a yearling and we have put her into other round pens without a fuss. She is most deffinatly a strange horse.
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-23-2011, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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I created a picture album of her on my profile. I don't know if that will help any, but mabe you will notice something I didn't. The one were she is just walking without a leadrope, has the hill in the back ground. She is in a walkway that leads from the barn to the big part of the pasture.
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post #8 of 17 Old 07-23-2011, 11:34 PM
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Ok I'm determined to help figure this out because there is a logical explanation, I just know it...........is there a culvert (pipe) in the ditch?
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-24-2011, 12:36 AM
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I went to your album, just as you suggested. Sunshine is a really cute mare. The only thing I could see, and this might or might not have anything to do with this, is that the saddle appears to maybe be too wide in front , thus the arch of the fork might be sitting down on her wither bones. When she walks downhill, would it then push down harder into ther wither? Compare her willingness to walk downhill saddled to unsaddled.

Do you ride hills much as a part of your daily riding?

Another thing that makes me think the saddle is too wide in front is the kind of downward slope to it, you can see it in one pic where she is kind of walking semi toward the camera and the saddle has slid off to her right side a bit.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-24-2011, 12:50 AM
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Agree on the saddle fit...
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