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    06-01-2009, 12:38 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Spooks Easy

I was riding yesterday at a walk, just warming up in the round pen, when Lola just suddenly took off at a full canter. Since we were just walking, I didn't have my feet in the stirrups and was lucky I wasn't thrown. I shrugged it off. It was only one time, right? Well, no. She did that another four times!

I got off to see what was scaring her, but there was nothing. It wasn't windy, so there was nothing flapping around, the dog was tried up, all the other horses were in their stalls.

Ok, so I got back on to finish up. Nothing happened, so I got back off. When I was half way off of her, she bolted again! This time I fell to the ground and got plenty of dirt in my mouth. What do you think was causing her to do this? Was she just having a bad day? Is there something I can do to make her spook less easy?

~Thanks!
     
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    06-01-2009, 12:55 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Wow, do you think something was poking her at the girth or blanket area like a coarse bit of straw? Just a guess. Saddle fits good? Nothing on the saddle that may have come a bit loose that was poking thru?
     
    06-01-2009, 01:09 PM
  #3
Started
Does he have attitude problems at all? Does he normally go out with others? It may have been an attitude problem like I don't want to do this work b/c none of my friends are here thing- I don't know your horse so it's just a guess.

Let us know how things work out. :)
     
    06-01-2009, 01:29 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Walkamile    
Wow, do you think something was poking her at the girth or blanket area like a coarse bit of straw? Just a guess. Saddle fits good? Nothing on the saddle that may have come a bit loose that was poking thru?
The saddle fits her really well, and I don't think that there was anything poking at her, but I'm not 100% sure. Hm...
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Does he have attitude problems at all? Does he normally go out with others? It may have been an attitude problem like I don't want to do this work b/c none of my friends are here thing- I don't know your horse so it's just a guess.

Let us know how things work out. :)
She's a little barn sour, but I've pretty much taken care of that. She is kept in the same pasture with about 10 other horses if that's what you're asking.
     
    06-01-2009, 02:40 PM
  #5
Started
Hmm- it seemed like she was just trying to catch you off and try and get away with something but you stuck with it so good job! Did she do that the next time you rode?
     
    06-01-2009, 07:48 PM
  #6
Foal
What were some of her expressions when she spooked? You said she cantered, not took off at a dead run. Maybe she was just a little high strung. Horses also have very sharp senses, maybe she noticed something that you didn't, such as a bird fluttering in the surrounding areas, or heard a horse make a funny noise from inside. How long have you had her and has she been ridden much recently or on any special basis? You should check her for any bumps or scratches, sometimes small scabs and scratches can rub funny ways when a horse is tacked and cause them pain. Also, she may have been bitten by a bug or something that aggitated her.
     
    06-01-2009, 10:25 PM
  #7
Green Broke
The first time it was just a fast canter, the next two were full on runs though.

I didn't see much of her expression, but her ear did go back and she did that thing were that whites of her eyes show.

Next time I ride her, I'll check her over real well and make sure that she's tacked up right and that it isn't hurting her. If it isn't that, I guess she saw something that scared her or one of the horses in the neighboring pen was trying to distract her.
     
    06-09-2009, 10:10 PM
  #8
Foal
Hmm.. well if her ear went back maybe she heard a startling noise? Was there anything else happening at the time at all?
     

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