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    05-19-2008, 09:40 PM

I have a two year old mare pinto/arabian. Yesterday while riding cory ( 7 year old standardbred) in the pasture ( I ride him all the time in there) when we were trotting around she just went nutts :o . She rared up on the side of us and I almost got two hooves in the saddle with me, she was wipping her head around and kicking out just like she was overly excited, then she started running the fence line like she was going to go thru it after the dog, Cory sure did not like her,I have rode him before with her just following around and she has never got so crazy. I don't mean to offend any one but I think her air headed arabian is comming out more and more, as she gets older, we have a fenced area by our septic that I let them go trim it down sometimes and I have a rope fence gate that I open for then and walk her down to get to the other side and I can't tell you how many times Cory will come around to get a drink and she just can't fiqure out how to go around the fence agian, what advise do you guys have to handel kinda air headed horse, she is very curious and likes to learn just not sure where her head is at.
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    05-20-2008, 07:34 AM
She may be just in heat for the 1st time. :) It's about time they become rather marish. Or may be she just was playful or jealous. I NEVER ride my paint in pasture with qh, because qh runs completely nuts with jealousy and for sure will try to attack her. I had her attacking horse I was riding once (it was when she was a yearling though).
    05-20-2008, 10:08 AM
I'm with kitten, she may be going into season. Or she is just being goofy. If we have to ride our mares through the pasture with the other horses, we try to stay away from them as much a possible. I had a 2 year old that would kick up at you when in the saddle too. She was a mixed breed mutt, so I don't think its just Arabs
    05-20-2008, 10:56 PM
Thanx agian guys, after you guys said she could possibly be jealous, and I think about the silly things she has done, and what cory does too, if I am walking star with her lead rope cory just thinks he needs to walk by me and he will try to get between me and her, and then if I go out to see cory she will come running and neighing and loves to move him over too,and a list of other things, how do you deal with jealous horses? Oh yeah the heat thing, she had a real small heat a couple weeks ago and she was pretty disappointed that cory (gelding) did care, but he did seem to groom her a little more than he normally does and now he groom her all the time.
    05-21-2008, 07:30 AM
Well... I learned there is no way to deal with jealousy. :) Basically I just try to avoid the dangerous situations as much as possible. Like not riding my paint with my qh around, or ask someone to hold qh when I'm leading paint out of pasture (because otherwise qh runs like crazy and chases the paint away from gates), etc. Using whips, screaming, etc. didn't work at all for me.
    05-21-2008, 12:09 PM
She's just being a horse... I wouldn't give it another thought.

Though I would consider doing some ground work with her, as a two year old she should be taught manners and understand space etc...

Other than that, a horse running in a pasture is as normal as can be.
    05-21-2008, 05:49 PM
Sounds like baby behavior. Won't be the first time she does something like this. Just make sure you get on top of her when does act like a punk before it turns into a behavior problem she learns she can get away with.
    05-21-2008, 09:11 PM
Thanx agian, We are just finishing up hopefuly this weekend with there new barn and I will have to take the time with her. Even if it is 15 min a day. It is good she is not crazy, She is just soo spunky. After the barn is done there will be more pasture to open up, and then maybe she can run off some of that energy. When I figure out how to post pics I'll post a couple,
    05-22-2008, 02:13 PM
I board an 18 year old TB mare....she's got more spunk than you can imagine, bombs around the field like a total nutter.

Put a saddle on her its is a100% different horse. She's a gem!

Horses will be horses....you can't assume because she's an Arab and she's 2 and playing that she's crazy. She's NORMAL! Celebrate that...lol.
    05-23-2008, 06:24 PM
I wouldn't say it's her "Air headed Arabian" blood.
I'd say she's a two year old horse with no job and nothing to do, so she's just being a horse.

Give her something to think about.
Start her ground work, lunging, take her for walks to teach her proper leading manner's, even just groom her and pick up her feet.

Her brain is going and going and she's got nothing to idle it with.
Horses learn very well at this age; take advantage of it with short frequent lessons. :)

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