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post #1 of 11 Old 11-01-2013, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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What are your thought on riding with a stud?

I have a friend who has an extremely well mannered stud that she trail rides with..ive rode with her with one of my mares on a few different occasions and all has gone good. The last ride we went on my step daughter and her friend went with us. The step daughters friend rode one of my mares.. On the trail ride the horse my daughters friend was riding was being pushy wanting to get up front with the stud and the little gal was struggling handling her..I was behind them giving advice when the mare she was riding started backing up and bumped us. when she did that she started kicking, we avoided the first bit but in trying to get away we got kicked. I took a full on shot to the side of my shin ..fortunately it is not broke but at the time I was pretty sure it was...rrrg. anyway my mare did great at keeping it together..my friend, on her stud, and me rode off the mtn so I could get in to the hospital. the kids followed with no more issues...

My question is this, is this something that was caused because of the presence of the stud? my mares are pastured together and other then the occasional pasture fighting i've never had a problem with them..we have rode together lots prior and bumped into each other, crowded getting up the hill and what not with out any issue. I know that the young lady not controlling my other mare plays in for sure but it concerns me that she kicked while being rode...should I be concerned with her or would you say this was more a combo of issues and not so much a reflection of poor behavior on the mares part.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-01-2013, 03:22 PM
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Was the mare possibly in heat? I have never ridden my mare with a stud around, but I know if she was in heat (maybe even if she wasn't) I would have a hard time controlling her.

If it was me, I would count it as a being caused by the stud's presents, making your mare act up, and try her again in a similar situation minus the stud. It could be that she was just having a bad day or that she's developing bad behavior, but you won't know unless you test her without the stud around. Is she usually good with kids riding her?
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-01-2013, 03:28 PM
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Don't forget, mares have hormones too! It sounds like the stud was being a solid citizen, unless I read it wrong. It's the mare that was have a problem. I'd say don't bring that mare next time!!
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-01-2013, 03:38 PM
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This is going to sound strange but I have had worse trouble with geldings around studs then with mares for the most part. For example my current gelding is absolutely terrified around them. He gets really upset and a little out of control. I think he was gelded late is part of it. With mares I have noticed they tend to prance and dance and show off and get more pushy.

In your case it soundd like there was just too much going on and the commotion caused the wreck.
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tessamay, ya she is usually the one we put beginners on and she just follows without a problem...this is the first time ive had her around the stud. my friend rode her mare last time we were all together and had no problems. same horses minus the stud...

thanx everyone I was thinking the same thing but always good to have more opinions

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They could all be fine together with experienced riders. My guess is the rider of the mare didn't know what to do or the mare would not have been allowed to back up and kick. With inexperienced riders is when you need to not ride with the stud, although no fault of his own..
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-01-2013, 04:28 PM
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The mare was likely acting that way because of the stud's presence. However, I don't think the blame should be placed on the stud.

Where I live there used to be a stallion and the mares would throw themselves at him, they were obsessed with him sometimes, they'd squeal and kick out at each other and just be, well mares. People only focus on controlling a stallion when they think of a horse's hormones, but mares have them too. Ideally a horse should listen to a rider regardless of anything else, and that obviously wasn't the case. The rider didn't have control and the horse didn't respect her. To an extent a training issue, but also just a tough set of circumstances.

If it's something you regularly do I'd start taking the mare out with a rider who can control her until she learns her boundaries.
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Sounds more like a mare problem to me than a stud. The inexperienced rider probably didn't help any. I've ridden with my boss and her stud before with my mare and both minded their Ps and Qs. My girl when in heat tried to back up to him once and after we had a conversation she stopped that for good. Now I can ride her around a stud even when she's in heat and have her not even flick an eye at him, just plods along like an old nag. :)
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-01-2013, 04:34 PM
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Try it again, with a more experienced rider on that mare, and put Vicks in her nose. I normally put Vicks in my stallion's nose if I think there are going to be in heat mares around but maybe, SHE needed the Vicks.

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post #10 of 11 Old 11-01-2013, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Saskia, no the stud is an absolute gentle man....I just wasn't sure if riding the mare around the stud was a good idea...after reading the responses though I agree, lack of control of the mare in question, who was acting out of character around the stud, was the issue.

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