rescue horse and her behavior
My name is Josh Cook, im kinda new to the horse game! Neways this past sunday I bought a "rescue" horse (the owners were downsizing their farm, she was headed for the proccesesors, and so these people bought her, and I bought her from them)!!Shes a up comming 3 yr old QH with good bloodlines... I rode her all around before I bought her...and she was fine (she was also drug free)!
Prob #1 Yesterday I went to briddle her and she threw a fit and wanted no part of it. Netime id touch her face, her head would go up out of my reach. She never reared or acted mean, she just didnt want me touching her mouth! She did the same thing tonight!! I checked out her teeth, and the two bottom fronts are both broke at about the gum line... so I would think this might be the problem, but you can tell they have been this way for a while and she gave the other people no problems!
Prob #2 she's a little on the light side, actually rather thin! So I feed her twice daily as follows---scoop is a 21oz cup-- 2 scoops rolled steamed oats, 2 scoops baby beef horse and mule ration, 2 scoops sweet feed, 4 oz. Vegtable oil... she also has all the grass hay she can eat! She was wormed sunday... she also got a trace mineral block yesterday! Is this a good way to put weight on her?? Or is it wasting feed... cause I've noticed most of the feed is comming out her other end!?!?!
Prob #3 I don't know if its because she's so thin or if she has been starved at some point but she is extremly potective of her food! The lady I bought her from warned us not to feed her with other horses but assured us she is fine with humans! And for the most part this has held true, her ears lay back if you get close but she doesnt seem to do anything?? She does however try to knock the feed bucket out of your hand if you don't poor it in her trough as soon as you enter the pen with it!! Tonight though.. we fed her about an hour later than we had been... when she came to the fence she was hot... she was really jittery and seemed as though she was getting ready to jump the fence!!! I ended up just dumping the food in the first place I could find to keep her from hurting herself!!
Other than those 3 things she seems to be really well behaved she rides great (if you can get the briddle on) and doesnt mind being rubbed on or felt on!!!
Please help!! Josh C!!