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John10 11-16-2012 05:00 PM

rearing when riding at night
 
I have a 4yo mare and I am riding her since January. Sometimes I do have to ride at night and for my surprise she gets sacared of something and she rears. Now I stopped to ride her at night. Riding at day light no problems. She just gets scared at night and sometimes rear. Any advice on how to deal with this problem.
Thanks.

Fulford15 11-16-2012 05:36 PM

Are you riding in a outdoor riding ring with lights?

John10 11-16-2012 05:56 PM

I am riding with lights, indoor, with open walls. She seems to get scared with something she sees outside.

Fulford15 11-16-2012 06:11 PM

I had the same situation, my horse would spook at things he would hear out in the bush or something... Have you tried lunging her before you ride so she gets more comfortable?

John10 11-16-2012 07:25 PM

No, I haven't lunge her and I think it is a good idea. Next time I have to ride at night I will try lunge. It should help. I believe that as she grows up this rearing thing will fade away. I hope so :-)

churumbeque 11-16-2012 07:31 PM

If other horses are outside it is good to call them up so your horse can see it is another horse and know that they are there. If you have lights on outside that may help also

MissColors 11-16-2012 07:33 PM

She might be night blind. My Appy is to an extent.
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Janna 11-16-2012 07:38 PM

As long as she's not having vision problems or something I'd treat it the same as I would during the day.

I ride at night often and expect them to act as good as day

Saddlebag 11-16-2012 07:45 PM

Horse's don't have binocular vision and see things a bit out of focus. The lights and shadows play havoc with what the horse thinks it's seeing. If you were to ride down the road well away from the lights you'd have a much better ride. Horses are sure-footed in the dark.

Bridgertrot 11-16-2012 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 1761048)
Horse's don't have binocular vision and see things a bit out of focus. The lights and shadows play havoc with what the horse thinks it's seeing. If you were to ride down the road well away from the lights you'd have a much better ride. Horses are sure-footed in the dark.

Horses actually do have binocular vision AND monocular vision. It's just more monocular.


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