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post #1 of 6 Old 10-17-2009, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Touchy, grouchy mare

Hey guys, my appy mare is such a sweetheart most of the time, but she can be so touchy sometimes! She HATES being hugged around the neck, any sort of cuddling in the face/neck area, and being mounted bareback roughly. Almost all of our other horses are always cuddling people and such. The reason I am posting this is because I cannot mount her from the ground bareback because I have to jump/ climb onto her and if you don't get on fast, she'll buck so I just use the mounting block or get a leg up. I don't think it is a back problem, because she is fine with saddles, pushing on her back, and mounting in a saddle. She is also fine to ride bareback but just doesn't like being mounted anymore. When she was younger I used to be able to run and jump on her no problem. Do you think I just pissed her off by doing this? Is it possible to train her out of this or could it possibly be a back problem, even though she is fine with all the things I mensioned before? Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-17-2009, 08:34 PM
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could be a back problem, it could be that your pressure/weight is distributed differently when getting on bareback. my mare will stand for about 30 seconds for me to mount then she tries to walk off. i have to get someone to hold her to mount her bareback. its a different feeling for a horse, when you get on without a saddle.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-18-2009, 12:27 AM
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If she doesn't like being hugged and loved on, then don't do it! lol. No reason to smother her. My warmblood is more independent and doens't like much lovey-dovey stuff, a nice, meaningful rub, a good scratch and sometimes just a loving touch is all he needs and cares for. So I respect his feelings toward that. Our other horse, on the other hand, loves to be hugged (in fact he "hugs" back lol) and loves the attention.

You might want to have her backed checked anyway. And of it's nothing physical, then use a mounting block. It's better for the horse's back anyway. Can you jump around her and have her stand there and be ok? Or does she object to even that?
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-18-2009, 02:13 AM
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I geuss all horses are different with the liking of affection. Whenever I gave my old Welshy mare a hug or something she would sigh and be like, "just get this over and done with cos i really dont enjoy it" and yet my appy filly, Sonya, just loves it. "Scratch me, scratch me! here here, no no there! My face, my face, rub it -- NOW!!" lol, yep thats her.

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-18-2009, 11:03 AM
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as far as the loving part, i agree its probably just her personality. Reno my SSH loves me to love on him, he will stand there and almost fall asleep and if i take a step away he will follow me asking for more. HOWEVER Mystery my boyfriends horse he will tolerate it but unless theres a treat in your hand he couldnt care less. He also acts treat?? whatever im outta here lol. As far as the bucking thing is this something that she has always done or is this something that recently started? If she has always done it, id look into re-training. My friend Ryan bought a horse named bella a few months ago and she would do a little crow hop if you tried to mount her unless you pulled her head towards you, so I worked her 3 sessions as if she had never been mounted to "re-train her" showing her that she could be mounted with her head straight or down or any other way and Ryan has had absolutely no problems with her crow hopping. Sometimes its as small as a gap in the training and sometimes its a physical/medical/pain issue
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-18-2009, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. It's fairly recent, the bucking problem. She doesn't really give you much of a fuss while getting on, but if you struggle and accidently put your leg on her back end anywhere she gets so pissed.
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