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post #1 of 7 Old 07-25-2013, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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This is Vegas, my daughters new horse, she has put weight on her. She was a barrel horse, she did good at first, but is now rearing and acting completely crazy, and we discovered she has a tumor under her tail. The day my daughter got her.


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post #2 of 7 Old 07-25-2013, 01:58 AM
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Ouch, she was skinny! Glad she's getting more food than her previous owners gave her, good work

Couple of things possible here.

Firstly, how much handling experience do you and your kids have? It's possible that you unconsciously let her get away with disrespectful behaviour because you didn't recognise it or know how to correct it, and now it's become dangerous behaviour. This is a pretty common occurrence with new owners.

Alternatively, she may have only been quiet when you bought her because she was so starved, and on her lovely new diet has become right full of herself! This is also not unexpected with horses that have previously been weakened by their starved state. They grow a whole new personality once they've finally got some energy.

So...I'm going to throw a whole bunch of questions out there!

1) What is she rearing at?

2) How is she doing it? Does it strike you more as a fear response or an aggression response?

3) Does she paw the ground, push into your space, snatch feed, bite or do anything else disrespectful?

4) What does the other "crazy" behaviour entail? Is it more fearful or aggressive in nature, do you think? Is she over-sensitive to sounds, sudden movements? Or is it more that she's territorial/food aggressive toward people and/or other horses?

5) What is she currently being fed (with amounts please )

6) Did you get a PPE (pre-purchase veterinary examination)? And if so, did the vet spot the cancer under the tail?

7) If you didn't get a PPE, or if the vet did a poor job (i.e. not spotting the tumour) then it is also possible that she was drugged. How would you describe her behaviour when you went to see her before you bought? What did you do with her (e.g. picked up feet, led, hosed down etc)? What questions did you ask of the owners where the answers may have raised red flags?

Best of luck in answering my interrogation

A crazy girl with a crazy horse
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-25-2013, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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The man my daughter got her from rode TW's, and he said he likes his horses thin. My daughter has had her 3 weeks. She doesn't bite or kick, my daughter grew up with horses, she knows how to deal with them . her attitude seems more aggressive than fearful, she only wants to run, seems to have no other speed. As soon as you get on her, she begins rearing, but not too high. None of the kids will ride her, they're too scared. She rears, paws the ground, jumps around, throws her head, she does all of this trying to get her head, so she can run away. I think just like you, that she is doing this because she is feeling almost like her old self. I also suspect she was probably abused .

She is on MG Super Horse 12-8, an 8 gallon bucket twice a day, plus 1 1/2 cups of rice bran twice a day.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-25-2013, 06:34 AM
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Unless that is a complete feed you are feeding her too much at one time IMO.
You need to weigh the feed not measure it by the size of the bucket used to feed her.
That goes for all the horses you and daughter have now.
Also rice bran should not be given in large quantities. Only about a pound a day divided into 2 feedings.
Good luck. Shalom
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Thank you,
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-25-2013, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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OH NO!!! I'm in big trouble with my daughter. She decided to come read some of my posts and replies, and she said "You told them I was feeding Vegas an 8 gallon bucket twice a day, no wonder they think I'm feeding her too much" Maybe I said it wrong. While I was there, I helped feed. Maybe I ought to just let her do her own talking, and just talk about my own horse. Just disregard everything I say, I guess!!
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-25-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, she feeds 4 lbs twice a day, a total of 8 lbs. per day, and she started weighing it before I went down there, so there was no need to weigh when I was there.
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