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post #21 of 27 Old 12-10-2008, 01:16 PM
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I think you also need to pay attention to how YOU are riding when you get to the area. Without knowing it you may be tensing up and psyching yourself and your mare out.
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post #22 of 27 Old 12-13-2008, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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trust me I know that tensing up will completely affect the horse. The last time she did it while I was on her back I was not even slightly thinking anything about her not being comfortable in that area. I was completely relaxed and not anticipating anything. She has been much much better. But I have not ridden her for a few days, she was colicky acting. Vet says she is fine. Its cool and windy today so going to try her out this afternoon and see how she does.

Thanks for all your help and advice, much appreciated
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post #23 of 27 Old 12-13-2008, 04:32 PM
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Had a mare that freaked about the north end of the totally open outdoor arena, nothing in sight, no trees, no nothing. She kept this up for a good month and it was getting almost laughable, but trying. Found out a little while ago there was a cougar across the road sighted on or about the day she started getting weird. Thinking maybe it had walked by the night before and she was only two months after foaling - very alert to everything. I suspect your horse has a scent on the mind.
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post #24 of 27 Old 12-14-2008, 09:45 PM
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I don't really have much to add, because I think everyone here has already given you wonderful advice, as Dumas said. I would continue to do what you are doing with her. She sounds like such a sweetheart ... I really am a sucker for mares. That's sad that you have to sell her, it sounds like you guys are forming a great partnership!

I did want to add though, that sometimes I trust my horse's instincts, if I'm unsure about something. This summer I took Jubilee on a hack down the road. There's a bridge across this stream that you have to cross, and she's never liked it. When I approached the bridge, she was simply adamant about not crossing it. After a few minutes of trying to get her across, it entered my mind ... well, what if there's a bear near by? There was trees all around and she could have scented something in the air. So I decided to just take the safe way out and go back home.

Another time, I took her out on the bridge again, this time, leading her, and she was much better. However I was talking to this one guy that lives in the area and he said there are bears around. In fact, I may have seen droppings once myself. From now on, I don't like taking her by myself on that road, simply because I don't want to put either of us in danger. A lot of people at my barn ride there all the time, so I think if I were to go, I'd go as a group. Bears are usually afraid of humans, especially groups.

But anyway, that probably had nothing to do with your situation, since you're riding in an arena. But... as others have mentioned, she make have smelled something in the air. Possibly there's wolves nearby as well.

Perhaps it would help having other horses riding or wandering around in the arena, at the same time? She'd probably feel safer with them there.

Good luck and continue to update us!

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post #25 of 27 Old 12-14-2008, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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you are so right,I trust her instincts..... we have so many wild animals in the area I think it could be a totally rational fear. She has overcome it though for the most part.. I rode her this afternoon for the first time a week due to her colicky symptoms and a lot of other stuff going on. I rode in her the round pen, she bucked and "surged" which is unusual for her...but she was "fresh" and still looking towards the lake which is where the tees, scary stuff are.

I know she is not cured, but I do think we have an understanding. She is a 7 yr old TB mare afterall. I do love her so much and wish she was mine but I also so much appreciate all your advice................. I do think she will be a super horse some day.
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post #26 of 27 Old 12-14-2008, 11:43 PM
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you are so right,I trust her instincts..... we have so many wild animals in the area I think it could be a totally rational fear. She has overcome it though for the most part.. I rode her this afternoon for the first time a week due to her colicky symptoms and a lot of other stuff going on. I rode in her the round pen, she bucked and "surged" which is unusual for her...but she was "fresh" and still looking towards the lake which is where the tees, scary stuff are.

I know she is not cured, but I do think we have an understanding. She is a 7 yr old TB mare afterall. I do love her so much and wish she was mine but I also so much appreciate all your advice................. I do think she will be a super horse some day.
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We're always here to help. I would give it time. As you said, she's coming along, she'll get it. :) She sounds like a real trooper.

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post #27 of 27 Old 12-15-2008, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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she has more personality than any horse I have ever had. And I have had some real characters. Everyone at my barn says I will never sell her. We shall see:)
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