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post #1 of 14 Old 04-22-2010, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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I am so disapointed

Well my new mare is finally at good weight and healthy... and is a complete nut! As some of you might know, I sold my TB to buy a QUIET confidence builder. This mare was dead quiet when I got her, I was riding her bareback all over. Then she gained a bit of weight... took off with me one day bucking when I asked for a trot. So we went back to just walking in the yard, no trotting. I hadn't done much with her for the last few days as she was foot sore... had her feet redone by my farrier (which we ened up having to put a gum chain on her to do her as she wouldn't stop rearing with one shoe dangling off the side of her foot). And now shes just feeling TOO good. I couldn't even longe her this morning, all I wanted her to do was a nice jog/trot so I could see if she was at all foot sore still. She was just galloping around me at full speed in like a 8 meter circle (great balance though!) and when I'd ask her to walk she'd spin and halt and stare at me like she had no idea how to longe, then take off again when I asked for forward movement. I finally just stuck her in the round pen and ran her butt off until she was happy to do a quiet trot. Arrrrg what have I gotten myself into Attitude is not the only problem, shes had a multitude of health problems. She makes me just want the throw up

...I guess I was just looking for someone to complain too, no one else is here to hear me haha
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-22-2010, 09:36 AM
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Looks like it's back to the drawing board? That really sucks : (
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post #3 of 14 Old 04-22-2010, 09:48 AM
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If you take home an underweight horse, chances are their quiet nature has something to do with them not being fed properly.

JJ's a quiet boy, but he was underweight when I brought him home. Now that he's putting on some weight, he's starting to act more like the 6 y/o TB he is, instead of an aged QH.

I fully expected it, so it's not a surprise. He's by no means uncontrollable, just acting like the youngster he really is.

When an animal isn't getting enough to eat, they don't have the energy to act up. Once they start being cared for properly, is when you'll see their real personalities.

I'm sorry your horse is turning out to be such a lemon.
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post #4 of 14 Old 04-22-2010, 09:49 AM
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It is not really that uncommon for someone with a horse they can not handle to under feed it to make into a horse they can handle. It sounds like you bought one of those and now that you have her at a healthy weight and she feels good her lack of training is showing thru.

Sorry.
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post #5 of 14 Old 04-22-2010, 10:14 AM
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Been there done that. I bought a 3yr old that was on the thin side, but supposed to be well trained. Once I got him home, and he started gaining weight, he became a rearing untrained mess. I ended up trading him for a 6 yr old that was quiet and well mannered, and they wanted this youngster for barrel training. When I rode him he was okay, but should have suspected something when he was already saddled when I went to see him. But, once I got him home, he was a nice boy, but still had way to much untapped energy, he was also off the track from Florida. He wasn't the calm quiet horse I wanted. So, started looking for another one and found my blue roan mare, Smokie. She is just what I wanted, 8 yrs old with lots of training and manners. The guy wanted a taller horse, (the six year old was 16.2) for roping and rodeo.... Smokie, at 14.2 was too small for him. This was a trade made in heaven, I love this mare and she is everything I have wanted. I have broke and trained plenty of colts in my time, but decided I wanted a nice calm horse to show and trail ride with, getting too old to get dumped.
When we got Bones, he was over 400 lbs underweight and could barely walk. We brought him home just to rescue him from a horrible situation and figure if nothing else, we would humanely put him down if he was too sick to live or ride. That was almost three years ago, he now weighs in at 1000 lbs and is the calmest horse with no issues I have ever seen.
I am so sorry this horse was not what you wanted. I hope you can either work with her or find her a home and try again. I know what its like to be able to just get on and ride, not worry if the horse is going to explode under you.
I will keep my fingers crossed for you.
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post #6 of 14 Old 04-22-2010, 12:23 PM
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Sorry this has happened to you, hopefully you can work something out :(

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post #7 of 14 Old 04-22-2010, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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I had expected her energy level to perk up, I mean she was a complete deadhead before. I never expected an 8 year old to act like a 28 year old haha. But I certainly didn't expect a sweetheart of a horse to turn into a complete bioch!
Maybe I've been too soft on her, I felt bad for her the shape she was in and I guess babied her too much. Maybe the brat needs a bit of an attitude adjustment! I am getting my new saddle tomorrow (I've been impatiently watching UPS tracking haha), so she can get more of a workout than what I would do with my bareback pad.
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post #8 of 14 Old 04-22-2010, 01:35 PM
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Some of her attitude change might be a seasonal thing. Combination of nice spring weather and being in heat and all that stuff can make it challenging for some of them to remember they are trained.
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Shes definately extra bratty when shes in season. I'm thinking of starting her on a supplement. Anyone ever try "moody mare", "mare magic", or anything similar?
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Shes definately extra bratty when shes in season. I'm thinking of starting her on a supplement. Anyone ever try "moody mare", "mare magic", or anything similar?
There is a mare on "Mare Magic" that is night and day different from before she was started on it. Our instructor was a little skeptical but she admitted last week that is has made a world of difference.


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