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post #1 of 9 Old 02-15-2013, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Young mare problems!

In October I purchased a 4 year old warmblood x thoroughbred mare. She is very sweet, and WAS quiet and well behaved. Not spooky, very calm, nothing fazed her etc. For example: I was having a lesson while a tent was being put up in the arena - tarps flapping, poles clanking and she didn't bat an eyelash. Now all of the sudden she seems to be the complete opposite. I realize she is 4 and a mare, so there is going to be some attitude, but I find myself getting very frustrated with her because she started out so nice and calm. About 2 months ago, she did 3 big bucks out of nowhere and sent me flying. Very unexpected. Since then she has been a bit bucky picking up a canter, not too concerned about that, but she is spooky about everything. For a while I was lungeing her before every ride. She has always been good on the lunge. Now I do a lunge about once a week, and she acts up with the bucking rearing etc. Some people think it's ok for their horse to buck and get all of that energy out on the lunge, but I believe she is working and still needs to behave. She has also developed an attitude about coming inside. I can catch her fine, lead her out of her paddock fine, but turn the corner towards the barn she acts up. Rearing, trying to bulldoze me, spinning in circles etc. I use a chain around her nose now, which does help, but she still acts up. She is also misbehaving for the farrier - rearing, fussing etc.

I don't know if I'm just being too impatient, or if there is something more serious going on. Any suggestions would be appreciated :)
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-15-2013, 05:45 PM
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Has she been checked for pain issues? How is her saddle fit?

It sounds like something is bothering her and she's acting out to avoid doing whatever it is that is making her hurt/uncomfortable.
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-15-2013, 05:50 PM
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it might be a phase.
My mare was an angel as a 3 year old, and then she turned 4 and became a crazy thing. Like, a demon horse in all honesty. I just rode it out, disciplined where it was needed and she's coming 5 this year and is getting back to her "good" self. It was basically a summer of her testing my patience and me blowing my top eventually. LOL
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I hope it's just a phase!
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It could just be a phase for her. My mare went and is still going through it as a five year old. But I would rule out everything else first.

PS. It's probably nicer for her and you to buck and get over her sillies when you're not riding her.

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What are you feeding and how much?

When a horse was well behaved and then isn't several thing have to be looked at.
First the general handling,
Feed
Pain issues
Whether the rider is keeping the little things in check.
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-16-2013, 12:35 AM
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Welcome to the forum!
Four years old is still young, they will test you and you need to nip it in the butt right away. When my mare who is 11 was 3yr. When I got her I would lunge her always before I rode her to get her listening and paying attention to me but now that she's older I don't have to as much.....although I still sometimes have to give her a reminder LOL
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Sounds like she is testing you, if you've checked for pain and there is none.

And sounds like she has your number... don't let her win the test! Pass the test!

When she acts up trying to go inside, make her work on the spot. Make it nicer to go inside than be outside.

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Thanks :)
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