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post #1 of 5 Old 04-17-2012, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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So I just got a 14 year old Mustang mare who is possibly pregnant. She is one of the sweetest horses I have ever had. The guy I got her from says she hasn't been rode in about a year but was used as a trail horse before then. I can get on her and ride no problem but she will take 10 steps and stop. Also she is very stubborn and will fight you if you ask her to turn a way other then what she wants. What do I do!?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-17-2012, 10:03 PM
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Get a vet to confirm if she is pregnant and if she is healthy enough to ride. Jmo
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-17-2012, 10:07 PM
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Yes, get a vet and get the pregnancy confirmed. It sounds strange that she just stops and is stubborn about many things if she was used as a trail horse before.... even if it has been a year since she has been ridden! What are her ground manners like and did you do some round pen work so far with her???
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-17-2012, 10:27 PM
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Nothing strange about her stopping. She has figured out the rider and plays it for what it's worth. Even if the mare is pregnant she can be ridden. You need someone with much more experience to give you a hand.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-18-2012, 09:36 AM
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Do get the pregnancy confirmed by a vet, and get the mare a good once-over to make sure everything is hunky-dory in that department if you haven't already. That should be done whether you're riding her or not, and whether she's behaving herself under saddle or not. Basic broodmare care.

That being said, unless she's really close to foaling, I highly doubt that her issues under saddle are related to her pregnancy. Possible, but unlikely. Most mares can be ridden for the duration without trouble.

It sounds to me like the mare is testing you, and has your number. Ask, suggest, then encourage her to do as you ask, escalating the aids until you're getting a result; as gently as possible and as firmly as necessary. Take no crap; you asked her to walk, and she's saying "NO." Correct her and move on. If you're really having trouble keeping her going or turning, I recommend getting some experienced help or a few lessons on the mare to figure out how to do this effectively. If she was being ridden, she knows the drill. You need to learn how to get the response from her.

Good luck, both on riding and with that potential foal!
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