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    12-02-2013, 07:22 PM
Randomly Acting Crazy?

I was riding my horse around the farm last night, and she was completely perfect. When I got on her earlier, she started acting like a lunatic! She ran around, when I asked her to slow down and stop, she bent down to eat grass and after I got her head up, she tossed her head around like a maniac. After she got done messing around, she was back to herself again?

I don't know what to do besides get a trainer and try to figure it out. Is there anything I can do while I wait for someone to come out to the farm?
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    12-02-2013, 07:29 PM
Do you lunge her before you ride? I don't believe that a horse should have to be lunged every time you ride, but it can be a good way to calm them down before your ride. Don't try to run the energy out of her though, you should be working with her to be calm and relaxed before you get on. I personally will stick to walk/trot if I have a hot horse and will make the circles smaller and smaller if the horse is trying to run. Once your mare is calmly trotting around in a relaxed frame, you then you can get on her.

I think it would be a good idea to get a trainer as you mentioned, but lunging her could be helpful in the meantime.
    12-03-2013, 12:29 PM
Green Broke
Sounds like she was trying out some attitude and disrespect, and won. The speeding up without being asked, eating grass rather than paying attention and head flinging can all be signs of disrespect. And its not random, no more than a toddler throwing a fit it random. Your horse is testing the boundaries. If you inforce the rules and your leadership, you 'win', and your horse will remain respectful and obedient. If you lose, you will get more bad behaviour, and more tests.

as far as lunging, I think its good to focus young, green horses minds for the ride ahead, but for an older broke horse it typically just warms them up and gets them in better shape for the next ride.
    12-03-2013, 12:34 PM
Did you have sudden weather changes? Here its been jumping form 40s to 80s back to 40s within a few days. That can make horses act up. My old gelding I don't have to lunge, but my greenie I do, to get any friskies out. I don't get on, unless she acts nicely w/t/c. That usually doesn't take long at all, as she loves to work.
    12-03-2013, 02:29 PM
Green Broke
I agree with Kiara - we've been seeing more horse kites since it's gotten colder ;)
    12-03-2013, 04:34 PM
Tessa- I don't know how to lunge, would a roundpen work?

Kiara- Like, from cold to hot, vice versa?
    12-03-2013, 05:12 PM
Green Broke
I don't personally think lunging is a good solution, but rather you should work on control. If she's testing you it's probably best to do a little arena work rather than farm riding. It's important to ensure that whatever you ask for you get. In future if she's going faster than you want ask her to slow and if she doesn't start doing some circle work, trotting figure eights and circle. Don't let her even get near to putting her head down to eat, if she tries to push her forward, if she flips her head around push her forward and into circles with a more open guiding rein. Remember to always release the pressure when you get what you want.
    12-03-2013, 08:59 PM
Saskia- I'll definitely try that!
    12-04-2013, 01:53 PM
Green Broke
What breed? And weather will do this, so will winter turning into spring for that matter.

Horses feel good so they act up.
    12-05-2013, 12:23 PM
Either way. Any sudden weather change, or incoming storm can make them frisky.

When I say lunging, I don't mean run them around the pen for an hour. Go in there, ask for speed changes (walk, trot, canter), turns, yielding hind end, shoulders, etc. You just want them to be listening fine and focused on you. That can take 5 mins or 15 or until you can establish focus.

Like I said, I don't do it with my old guy as even if he acts up (to him that spooking - twitching and starring at something or turning and looking at it), I can handle it. My greenie with 3 intermittent rides under her belt and changing weather, yes, I will lunge her. I'd rather her buck in the short lunging session, then get focused on work, then not lunge her and she bucks under me. She loves to work though, so it usually doesn't take long. So you just have to figure out where your horse falls and what you are comfortable with riding out.

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