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post #1 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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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 :)
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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)

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-09-2013, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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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.
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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.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-09-2013, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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