Is my mare going to hurt herself? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 10 Old 10-12-2019, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Is my mare going to hurt herself?

My 8 yo Arabian mare got here about a month ago, so she's relatively new. She settled in great and gets along with her pasture mates awesome, maybe a little too much though. I've noticed that she gallops and bucks around the pasture almost every day, she only comes in the stall to eat so turnout time isn't the issue. She's also not broke yet so exercise is limited. Of course I love that she plays with her pasture mates but I cant help feed that she may injure herself bucking around and taking jarring turns as she does. She's very calm and respectful otherwise but loves to play at pasture! Should I be worried about her? I'd hate for her to go lame but maybe she'll stop once she gets brought into consistent work under saddle.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-12-2019, 06:52 PM
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Just wanna ask you certain its playing - for sure shes not bullying another horse or being bullied herself? Is it just playing daily or like a non-stop thing hours on end? Sorry ,have to ask!
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-12-2019, 07:15 PM
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Of course she may hurt herself! That is what horses love to do - provide us with large vet bills.

If she is only playing then there is no way to stop her. She is young and just full of herself.
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-12-2019, 07:47 PM
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Yes, there is a risk she will hurt herself. Would you want to be wrapped in cotton wool, not allowed to run & play or do sport, because there is a risk you will get hurt? Let her be a horse & enjoy her joie de vivre!

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post #5 of 10 Old 10-12-2019, 07:56 PM
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She should not hurt herself bucking and running around the pasture as long as the pasture is relatively safe. Is it possible? Heck yes. But horses also hurt themselves in their stalls. Let her run and play! It's good for her.

I have an Arab who is 20. A couple of years ago, I had just dragged the arena which I also use as a winter paddock, and let him out. He thought the footing felt quite good, so he went roaring around the paddock. While turning a corner, he lost his footing and went down on his side. For a moment, I was worried, but he jumped up, shook his head, and trotted off slightly embarrassed, but completely unharmed. I love that he still has the energy to play with the other horses. He was briefly boarded with a big bully of a Percheron X before our barn was built, and it was funny watching them. The Percheron X would try to bite him, but our Arab would run circles around him, almost taunting him. It was honestly hard to say sometimes who was annoying who the most. Arabs are amazingly agile. Let your horse be a horse! Just make sure there is nothing in her pasture that can hurt her. Nothing sticking out of the ground, no barbed wire fencing, etc.

In the end, some horses are just accident-prone and it doesn't seem to matter what you do or don't do. Just hope yours isn't, and walk the pasture occasionally to make sure it's safe.
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Just wanna ask you certain its playing - for sure shes not bullying another horse or being bullied herself? Is it just playing daily or like a non-stop thing hours on end? Sorry ,have to ask!
Yep, all play and silliness. Her and her pasture mates are just full of themselves since it's gotten cooler out!
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 01:16 PM
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She's happy! Let her run and have fun. Horses always find a way to create a nice large vet bill one way or the other. They can do it without even trying haha!
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 03:19 PM
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Our mares have definitely been feeling good since it's gotten cooler out. Running, playing, bucking etc. But, I say let them be horses! :) Most horses are pretty sure-footed!

I wouldn't worry, no. Horses can always hurt themselves, sometimes we have no idea HOW (for example, last month my mare got a nice cut, not deep, but a nice-sized one on her leg & I had NO idea how she got it...they love to scare us!

Ride more, worry less.
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 03:47 PM
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Our horses spend quite a bit of time running and bucking and playing. It's what horses do. Can they hurt themselves? Sure they can. But they hurt themselves in stalls, too. Make sure the fencing is safe and try to keep the footing decent and let her enjoy herself.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 03:49 PM
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One of my favorite things to do is either stand at the back door with a cup of coffee in hand on a cold morning, or a beer in hand on a warm evening, and watch the horses tear around playing. I've been known to join them by way of four wheeler or Polaris Ranger.

Can they get hurt? Yes. But so can your kids on a bike. So can a pro basketball player on the court. Wrapping a horse in blister wrap... locking them a stall for their own protection... and doing all you can to take that away from them is denying them the chance to be horses.

Let her play - and marvel at the athleticism that goes into 'horseplay'.

Afterthought: Bet the meaning of term 'horseplay' has really been driven home now that you've seen it, eh? I know it was for me.

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