Nervous/Excited?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Nervous/Excited?

This is a discussion on Nervous/Excited? within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Nervous and excited horse
  • How to ride a jittery horse

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-02-2011, 05:48 PM
  #1
Foal
Nervous/Excited?

Yesterday I was saddling my 4 yr old mare in the barn (she was not tied because there are things blocking the tying ring, so I just had her standing there, which she does fine). The next thing I know, the other 5 horses that we left in the pasture come barreling out of the pasture gate and ran for freedom (more like up and down the driveway). It wasn't a big deal that they got out because I just went and got the lead mare and took her to her stall and the rest followed.

But, while they were running up and down the driveway, my mare started flipping out. She was calling to the other horses and would not stand still for anything. I have worked many months with her on ground manners, and she listened when I told her to back up or turn, but as soon as I stopped moving her, she would do it on her own. It seemed like she was more nervous than excited, which I guess is understandable because all she knew was her dam, sire (who is gelded now) and all the other horses she has spent her whole life with busted out of the pasture and went for a run and she didn't know what was going on. I had to put her in her stall while I went and brought the other horses in because she was dancing around so much I was afraid she was going to back up into something or hurt herself.

Is reacting like that something all horses will do when the rest of the herd takes off running? She does not do this when I take her away from the herd or when I ride her around them, she has her full attention on me. Is there anything I can do to break her of this or is it just one of those things that comes with time?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    09-02-2011, 08:36 PM
  #2
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by XbaRR3lchickX    
Is reacting like that something all horses will do when the rest of the herd takes off running? She does not do this when I take her away from the herd or when I ride her around them, she has her full attention on me. Is there anything I can do to break her of this or is it just one of those things that comes with time?
It is natural. When the herd is running, the instinct is that there is danger and no horse is going to want to be left behind. Although age, experience, and confidence help, in my experience, no horse will remain totally calm in this situation. We love to talk about our horses trusting us, but to be honest, in the end, I've never seen a horse trust a person more than the lead horse when it comes to instinct.
     
    09-02-2011, 09:28 PM
  #3
Started
I wouldn't let it get to you. She could have reacted MUCH worse and it sounds like she did still obey your commands. I've seen seasoned trail horses get jIttery when we are road riding and a herd of horses comes racing along the fence line. A lot of it is still that herd mentality. You did well and she did well. :)
Posted via Mobile Device
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Just Nervous.... Cowgirl140ty Horse Talk 2 08-02-2010 09:36 AM
Okay.. NOW I'm nervous/excited! PaintsPwn Horse Breeding 17 01-24-2010 10:55 PM
So excited and nervous! JumpingTheMoon Horse Talk 14 01-12-2010 02:13 AM
Excited! Beyond excited - or bexcited lol JumpingTheMoon Horse Breeding 4 12-10-2009 07:06 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0