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post #1 of 14 Old 03-31-2008, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Not a morning horse?

So I did my first a.m. Ride this morning..beginning my schedule of 2X a day rides. Well, I did this before their breakfast, and figured out that my boy is no more a morning person than I. I am going to ride him again tonight and see if he does better. If so, I may reserve mornings for conditioning, as he was being a pill (pushing and gaping against the bit).

I know he was preoccupied because he usually gets fed first thing when somone comes out in the morning, so maybe in time, he will get it into his routine. :)

I just wondered if you guys have noticed if your horses are or are not morning horses, or if they just don't seem to care. ??
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-31-2008, 04:25 PM
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On show mornings misty usually looks a bit sleepy and not as happy/perky/alert while we are getting ready but she isnt grumpy or rude or anything
Maybe it was just because he has never been ridden before breakfast :P

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-31-2008, 04:49 PM
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I can't really say if Sonny is not a morning horse or a night horse...but then again I can't come out to ride before he's fed. He seems to behave well enough even if I take him away from his food.
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post #4 of 14 Old 03-31-2008, 05:13 PM
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hmm. Well my horses never were fed in the morning so I can't really compare to that. They don't get extra feed unless its winter so yea.

But I used to often swap riding either in the moning and afternoon, especially in the holidays, random times. And honestly I don't think there was much if any at all difference in the way they were, lol.

But yea maby your horse was just a little surpirsed by the sudden change in routine. Im sure he will get used to it over time.

Were is he at night? You don't want him working with an empty tank in the morning when you ride , or he's not going to be able to concintrate or have adequate energy to focus and work for you. Im asuminging he has nibbles to eat over the night ...like either hay or grass from turnout????
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Were is he at night? You don't want him working with an empty tank in the morning when you ride , or he's not going to be able to concintrate or have adequate energy to focus and work for you. Im asuminging he has nibbles to eat over the night ...like either hay or grass from turnout????
I ride him at night before feeding time...and now in the morning before feeding. They get fed about 12hrs apart, and it probably takes them about 2 hours to eat. So I ride probably 8 hours after they finish riding. He has never had a problem with this in his evening riding, but I do think that they are just in the habit of being fed as their first human interaction in the morning. I will see if he gets used to the schedule after a bit. :)

It was frustrating, unexpected, but also a little funny to see what a cranky baby he was. :)

Moomoo, he is actually fine on show mornings too, but I do feed him in the trailer on the way to the show, and let him stand there and finish his food when we get there...so by the time I tack up and ride, he has had his morning "cup of coffee", so to speak.
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-31-2008, 06:14 PM
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My horse is a brat if I try to do anything with him earlier than 1pm. He gets his breakfast at seven and gets his pasture snack from 8 until 11. Then he gets to graze on grass. He likes to graze for about two hours, if I take him from grazing, he pouts the whole time. Its kind of cute :roll:
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-31-2008, 08:26 PM
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My gelding does not like to be out doing anything when it is near feed time. He is very grumpy! I suppose I would be too.
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-31-2008, 08:52 PM
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I know that there's a lot of horses that get cranky during feeding time.
Sunny was a butt during feeding time a while ago, but with time and patience he doesn't care anymore.
If you give him some time to adjust, it could work out.
Good luck! I hope your 2 rides a day will work out (I'm sure it will..it'll be best)!
EDIT - I forgot to ad, but during your morning ride just be a lot more alert, too.
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post #9 of 14 Old 04-01-2008, 08:37 PM
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all my guys get really cranky if they think they should be eating when we are riding. Possum is the worst. She wont concentrate and she's always pulling towards the direction of the feed shed lol its extremely annoying. What I do with them now is give them a small bundle of hay to munch on while I groom, pick hooves, saddle up etc this usually makes them a lot happier when it comes to doing a little work. Unless you're jarred then you don't want to do anything at the moment lol

I think he will get used to it over time and once he realises that he will still get fed he might settle down.

Maybe he just woke up on the wrong side of the barn :)

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post #10 of 14 Old 04-01-2008, 09:11 PM
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How are the morning rides going AK?
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