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post #11 of 13 Old 03-22-2014, 06:35 AM
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Um. I have fed every horse I've owned Lucerne, that is breakers, yearlings, ottbs (right off the doggers truck ottbs), school horses and in the last few years, warmbloods. My coach and previous employers have always fed their school horses Lucerne, as well as their competition horses. My extremely reactive 3 yr old Hanoverian breaker is on Lucerne.
Not a peep from any of them. Lucerne is NOT a heating feed, I can assure you of that after hundreds of horses over many years!

If your vet recommended you feed a full bale per day, i don't think your horse was simply a little light on. A few days of getting some good feed, no wonder he felt pretty fresh!
In my experience, I have not seen a horse heated up by Lucerne alone - the issues have been rider issues etc. Fix that, keep horse on Lucerne and all is well.
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post #12 of 13 Old 03-22-2014, 09:52 AM
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I have an OTTB, and he took off on me once when he was feeling agitated. While it want a true 'blind bolt', he was galloping around the arena and not listening to me. I used alternating rein pressure to bring him back under control, as pulling back on both reins does not work. I didn't know the pulley rein or one rein stop at that point. My trainer taught me the one rein stop, but this is to be used before they actually take off, as a galloping horse could fall if turned sharply. I've successfully used it since then when he started getting energetic and agitated and started to think about taking off. The best thing is to gain control before they have really taken off, and do lots of circling, changes of direction, serpentines, etc to keep them in task.
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post #13 of 13 Old 03-22-2014, 11:11 AM
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You have some good advice here. Teaching the pulley rein or one rein stop is a good idea, just in case you ever need it. And use it often just to reinforce the training. Knowing that the horse understands cues will help your confidence.
My concern would be that you are getting on and riding when you are not confident that he won't take off on you. It's like starting out in the negative. You worry and are tense and he will feel that tension and pretty soon it all becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy (I speak from experience).
Learn the techniques and teach them to your horse, practice often, relax and enjoy the ride! This won't guarantee he will never bolt but you will be prepared if it happens.
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