Reacting to Energy - The Horse Forum
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By AlexS
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: California
Posts: 425
• Horses: 0
Reacting to Energy

I wasn't sure where to post this.. I have a 5 year old TB mare who for the most part is level headed and willing (she has her "opinions" but what horse doesn't from time to time). Anyway.. I have started to notice than I can be having a great ride and then as soon as a very tense or high energy horse comes into the arena my mare gets all wound up and becomes a nervous wreck.

Her nervousness will vary from a little antsy to not wanting to walk to a major bucking fit depending on the horse. For example... When there was a Morgan being ridden at the same time the other day my mare was a bit nervous - got a bit antsy, tried to shake her head a couple times but settled down no problem.

Now when a grey arabian came into the arena a different day my mare lost it. She would not walk about jigging... She bucked 8 times within 5-10 minutes of trying to walk. Now a week later we had a great ride and at the end as we were cooling out the grey arabian came in and my mare got all worked up and didn't want to walk. She felt like a bomb under me waiting to explode. The other thing that is weird is the arabian's owner came to pet my mare later in the evening and my mare was being extremely headshy and wouldn't let her touch her.. Maybe she smelled the gelding on her??

My mare has ridden in the same arena with plenty of other horses with no issues (up to 5 other horses at the same time).

So I guess what I'm getting at is has anyone else had their horse react so strongly to certain other horses? What did you do about it? Does anyone think I'm crazy and think its nothing to do with the other horses?

Any comments/opinions or suggestions are all welcome :)
Posted via Mobile Device
loveyourhorse is offline  
post #2 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 09:04 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 957
• Horses: 4
I only trail ride, usually small groups of 4-10 horses.
My horse has definitely not liked other horses in the group.
Most common reaction is bucking and throwing his head.
Only way to curb the issue was to change our riding order and keep
him away from the other horse.
Once another horse or two was between us everything improved greatly.
Usually I have to distance myself behind the problem.
I guess my horse would rather have them in front(keep an eye on them)



Hunt Seat :: What type of weapons are allowed and how many may be carried?
Maryland Rider is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 08-09-2013, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: California
Posts: 425
• Horses: 0
Thanks for the input Maryland Rider! It doesn't seem to matter much whether she is in front of the other horses or behind them once she gets herself worked up it takes alot to get her relaxed.
Posted via Mobile Device
loveyourhorse is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 08-09-2013, 01:36 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
Posts: 9,470
• Horses: 1
Certainly horses don't like some other horses, however when under saddle your horse needs to listen to you, and you alone. I'd do some exercises in listening and get the horse paying attention to you, while asking the other rider to stay at the other end of the arena.
Wallaby likes this.
AlexS is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 08-09-2013, 04:03 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 47,743
• Horses: 2
I had the experience riding on the trails were my horse reacted to the strange energy of the gaited horse. Something about the very rapid high-energy movement of the gaited horse is interpreted as, perhaps anxiety. It made my . horse very jumpy and worry.
tinyliny is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 08-09-2013, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: California
Posts: 425
• Horses: 0
Alexs - I agree she is not paying attention to me and flat out ignoring me when she starts bucking. I will definitely try riding at oposite ends of the arena and trying to get her to focus only on what I'm asking her.

Tiny - I can definitely relate to that. The Saddle seat action of the Morgan's makes my horse very nervous. Last night while I was on the ground we simply stood in the middle of the arena watching the Morgan get ridden. It took about 10 minutes but my mare finally relaxed and stopped paying attention to the Morgan at all.
Posted via Mobile Device
loveyourhorse is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Am I over reacting? BarnBum Horse Boarding 24 02-06-2013 10:02 AM
Reacting to Tick Bites? Rosebud64 Horse Health 0 05-01-2010 09:14 PM
Am I over reacting? KatieStanley Horse Talk 11 12-04-2008 09:46 PM
colic? or am I over reacting? Snapple122 Horse Health 5 08-28-2008 01:48 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome