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post #1 of 3 Old 01-18-2011, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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is this just from being in once a week?

some background..
my horse is a six year old arab gelding. usually he gets ridden five/six times a week, but in the middle on winter its more like three/four times i take two lessons a week also. he's outside all morning/afternoon every day but sunday. through winter, we have a pretty similar routine day to day.. i go to the barn around 4:30-5, because thats around the time the horses are brought in and i get off work. he eats his grain, gets groomed/tacked up, lunged for about 20 minutes (just to warm him up properly so he's ready to work when i get on) and then we ride. once in a while he'll have a very hyper/spooky day, but i just shrug it off cause i figure horses have bad days too and i work through it. most of the time, he's very calm, especially on the lunge line. he never bucks or bolts or pulls anything silly, and very rarely spooks, even if another horse is acting up or theres a loud noise from the barn.
the problem is, the last two sundays. two weeks ago,,(sunday) he was a spaz from the second i started lunging him, to the point i took his side reins off cause i didn't want him to hurt himself. he was bolting, spinning, doing litle hops, wouldn't stay on a circle, and was spooking at every little noise. not paying attention to me whatsoever. i got him to the point that he was more controllable but then i put him away, only because there was another horse in the arena and the lady riding him was getting a lesson, and i didn't want to be in her way. i chalked it up to just a bad day (two other horses that are usually calm were spazzy too that day, so maybe weather i figured?) and let it go. that next week during the week he was his normal self. then, this last sunday. went to the barn around two, did all my usual stuff. there was again another horse in the arena, actually the same lady as last week, getting a lesson. his first ten minutes on the lunge, he was an angel. then the lady left, and he was being a spaz again.. (he is ridden usually at LEAST once or twice a week with no one in the arena, with no problems at all.. he doesn't mind being ridden alone or with several others so that was odd) h was bolting, hopping, spinning, wouldn't stay on my circle, just being ridiculous and i tried working him through it but he was so on edge, he would barely stand still without his neck straight in the air waiting for something to make him jump. then a woman and her husband brought in a couple young horses and they were being nervous (just cause they're babies and haven't been exposed to much this winter) so i took my horse out as not to make their horses worse. i untacked him, put his halter on, and took him to the outdoor and lunged him outside a little bit.. he was very forward and eager to go, but no bolting/spinning/jumping around and not even a single spook, but maybe this is just because he's not usually in the outdoor and he was so interested in his surroundings?
ANYWAY, i'm so sorry for the novel but i just don't know what his deal is and wanted as many details included as possible.
i'm curious if anyone thinks that maybe he's just being hyperactive because he isn't turned out sundays? can one day of being stalled all day affect him that much? i just can't think of what else would make him act like that out of nowhere.. unless i'm missing something. i don't get angry at him as i'm sure he has a reason of some sort but just wish i could understand and fix it.
thanks so much for any input!
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-18-2011, 03:38 PM
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I'd say being cooped up in a stall all day could definitely do it. Is there any way you could turn him out next Sun. and ride him after? That would answer your question about turnout at least.

I know that when there is a storm and my 2 are in for a day, my normally sweet arab mare acts like a spaz just being brushed in the aisle. From my own perspective, I am going bonkers just being in the house all day today because I'm sick. I definitely don't think it's out of the question that your horse could have the same pent-up energy problem.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-18-2011, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately none of the boarders horses are turned out sunday, and you're not allowed to let them loose in either arena at any time.
One other thing i forget to mention, last sunday when I had him in the aisle untacking him after that second episode he was chomping the bit like CRAZY. he was acting so anxious. not sure if that has anything to do with it but it's definitely unlike him
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