Horse gone wild! Help!!!
Hey everyone! I have been going nuts trying to figure out what is going on with my horse right now. I have been asking trainers that I work with and friends of mine who own horses on what I should do about this recently gone psycho horse and no one could really give me much help so I thought it was about time I came to this site to ask all of you what I should do.
Okay, so here is the deal.
I own a four year old Paint mare, who was bought for me as a birthday present (she was my first horse) when she was only four months old. I treated that horse like she was my child. She tore her leg when she was eight months old and I did not leave her side for the entire time she was injured. Literally. When I first got her, I started immediately on ground work and halter work (because her father is a really nice halter horse), so I figured she would have potential. She had a bridle in her mouth and was saddled and girthed countless amounts of times so when she was old enough to be ridden, she would already have the experience of having been tacked up. She learned to lunge, square, pivit, and back up beautifully. She was just an all around amazing little horse. The first time I got on her, she had her ears to me the whole time and was so kind and gentle. Throughout the years, we have really grown a great bond together.
Okay! So on to the problem.
On April 22nd she turned four, and like every winter, I ride and work with her her until it is about December, give her a few months of snow play time with her buddies, and then do some light ground work with her around Febuary to remind her of what she learned the past years. This has been going on since she was three. Well, last year, she did great re-adjusting. I didn't push her hard because she was still a baby (in my eyes anyway) and it only took about four-six days before she was back in the loop of things and ready to be shown again in halter classes in the summer.
This year however, did not go so well. I have come to the conclusion that my baby horse is no longer a baby and she needs to be treated more like a horse. Mind you, I NEVER hit my horse, or anything of the sort. I just felt it was time to stop coddling her when she did something wrong, and now fix the minor problems she was having instead of just letting it go because of her age. I also felt it was time to push the training longer than what I had it by a good twenty minutes a session (I was only working her for about 30 minutes at a time.)
Well, she has gone bizerk on me. I feel she isn't respecting me anymore and is trying to test me more and more now. She even bit me a few days ago which is UNHEARD of from her. When I try to lunge her, she rears straight up in the air and then comes down and comes close to me when I try to push her out to begin to lunge. When I ask her more forcefully to move out, up in the air she goes again. When riding her, she bucks and would buck repeatidly if I didn't stop her immediately after the first buck. I work with her until she finally stops bucking and can do whatever gait she was bucking at a full lap around the arena at that gait, before I end on a good note. With groundwork and halter work, she will not stand still, she tries to bite and turn her butt to me to kick me. She is really girthy and when I try to girth her, no matter how slow I go with it, she still pins her ears and tries to bite me. I am simply in shock here. I even tried to switch things up for her and do different things to keep her from getting bored. She is just being completely wacky here! This has been going on for the past month or so now and I have been working with her a lot to get her out of it (I still give her days to just hang out so I don't overwork her), but I just don't get it!!!
I have not changed her feed, and the saddle is not pinching her, and I stretch her out every time before and after I ride her. She has plenty of time to run around and act like a horse, so why is she now trying to do this to me?
Thankfully, because I know her so well, I am not afraid of her. Cautious yes. Afraid no. I know (well atleast hope) she will not get to the point where she tries to out right attack me. Then there will be a serious SERIOUS problem.
So...can anyone help me?!?!?!?!?!?!