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        10-22-2010, 10:16 PM
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    So sorry to hear of your continuing troubles. However, her "period" may still be affecting her, no? She is really coming into prime "foal bearing years", so the hormones might be strong now.
    The other possibility is pain of some kind. Any change in tack? Have her teeth had their regular care? The long trail ride could have caused soreness if the saddle was not good in any way Does she run like this if another person rides her?
    Maybe she has become more entrenched in the herd such that she is now herd bound, unlike when you first brought her into the setting. Maybe while she used to be more dominant, now she is more subordinant? (or the other way aroiund. Of course, this only really applies is she runs IN a herd.

    On that bad trail ride, could she have injured her tongue during the fight you guys had to keep her in hand?

    Just brainstorming here.

    Do you have a place to free lunge her?
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        10-22-2010, 11:02 PM
    This may or not be relevant but I have found in my experience of young (or quite green) horses that you do get a sort of honey moon period while riding is new. I have always found that there comes a point once a horse is starting to get fitter and more confident with a rider that you enter in to a sort of trial period. My mare is an exceptionally calm horse and I thought I had done a pretty good job with the basics but over time little 'issues' crop up.

    I am a great believer in backing up. I always start each ride from a basic level once a young horse starts to test. I start a ride with lateral strtching, work on this until she stands nicely until I ask her to move. Still in the same place I start asking her to move her hind quarters one step, front end one step, then the other side, moving into a full side pass, we practice this until I can place her feet exactly where I want them. We then do some backing and backing in a circle. Basically all I am doing is getting her to think before she moves. Also this is good for flexibility. I am pushing her around with my legs by the way, keeping my hands as quiet as possible.

    Once I have done this and we go off to work I know she understands what I am asking her to do. When I ask for a trot if she begins to rush I bring her right down to a stand still and make her back up until I feel her give. Then I will ask for the trot again, I do the same thing the minute she even thinks of getting pushy, stop and back up. If my horse is pushing at the trot I don't even bother going into a canter until that particular issue is dealt with. Only once we are trotting the way I want to trot, for as long or short a time duration as I choose will I introduce a canter. This is just my little way but it works for me.
        10-23-2010, 11:42 AM
    Thanks for all the thoughts!
    I don't think she is more entrenched in the herd (yet) as I just moved her a few weeks ago. The place I moved her to kept her in quarantine for two weeks and one of the "bad" rides was on her last day in quarantine, so she wouldn't have even known the herd then.

    I thought she could be sore from the ride but I lunged her before getting on to see how she moved and she was fine and quite calm, which leads me to believe either my weight is making a slight soreness more sore or she basically hates me. (Ok, not really but something about me makes her run). I don't get how it could be that either though simply because I have always been the one to ride her and she has been awesome for me, I haven't changed anything in the process.

    I'm thinking I will try riding her bareback just to see if it is the saddle.. I am praying this just clears up on its own. I cannot get anything productive done because everything just means GO to her all of a sudden.

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