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post #1 of 25 Old 11-17-2019, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Sour and Spooky Mare! HELP!

Hello! Just joined The Horse Forum and I love it so far!! But anyways, let get started on the topic.

The first thing, I got my mare when she was 5. She is ridden western and only has her left eye, but it doesn't bother her at all (unless she doesn' have her fly mask on).

She wasn't in the best condition so I "trained" her a bit more and put her in better condition. I bought her as kid-friendly and bombproof on early june of 2018. After I got used to her, I started training her to do barrels and she's been doing GREAT!!!

Around September of 2018, I lend her out to a friend. When I came back, she was a girthy mare. In fact, I put the saddle and saddle pad and she tries to bite. When I ride her, I kick her with my heel and she pins her ears and sometimes even bucks. I asked the person and they refused to tell me what happened that day. THEY STILL DO!!

Anyways..can anyone help? I under stand that mares act a bit grumpy during spring but this all year wrong. The vet says there's nothing wrong and I even changed saddle, saddle pad, and even cinch.

Now for the 2nd question. Some kids came over to the ranch. I was practing barrels and when I was running home, they threw rocks at her and me, causing her to run to the side. So I'm like "ok she just got scared...careful kids...karmas coming..." But it got worse. I was walking and she got scared by the cars driving on the road. She reared, spun around. I got off about 5 minutes after to get off (because it was getting dark) and she starts bucking
and rearing. Anyways I told the kids some things and threw rocks at them...because if you do something to my horse I do something to you.

Keep in mind this was me riding her for the 2nd time in 2 weeks (I have a busy schedule). I'm not retraining her, but I'm doing some "beginner barrel horse" drills. I ride her 3 times a week (planning planning to ride her 4 days per week now) 6-7 hours a week.

I'm using a grazing bit but am changing that by the end of the month. I was planning on using her for the 2020 season here in a nearby arena...but I'm not sure anymore. Any suggestions on what can help? I am doing more slow work now. I was planning on ViaCalm? Opinions on that?

Anyways thank you for those who reply!! If you read to the end...Thank You!! I'm not sure how you got the patience for this. 😆😆😆

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post #2 of 25 Old 11-17-2019, 11:21 PM
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I got off about 5 minutes after to get off (because it was getting dark) and she starts buckings and rearing. Anyways I told the kids some things and thre rocks at them...because if you do something to my horse I do something to you.

Sorry, you threw rocks at kids? What, did you follow them for 5 minutes just to throw rocks at them? I hope I'm misunderstanding what you said...

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post #3 of 25 Old 11-17-2019, 11:51 PM
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Hiya Keira! If you don't mind sharing your age group and location? (country I don't mean exact address hah!) Just knowing these things helps us figure out if there is a language barrier or if we're advising a young adult/teenager that relies on parents etc can help is answer you better! Also...

How long have you owned your mare?
How long was your mare with your friend?
How many weeks/months have you had her back?
When was she last seen by a vet?
When was she last wormed?
What is her turnout situation? (how long, in a herd, alone, daily, 24/7 etc...)
What is she currently getting fed, how much and how often?

Sorry if so many questions! Can't really give too much information. As for the kids throwing rocks... and you throwing them back. Is there no way you could get any authorities involved to assist you instead? I personally wouldn't want to be engaging in a throwing war esp if my horse has one eye, never mind the rest of the danger. As tempting as it might be to get off and give those kids a wallop really put your safety and your horse first!
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post #4 of 25 Old 11-18-2019, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry. It's my fault for not looking over my post. I got off to adjust my stirrups and to see if she had any scrapes or cuts on her. After, I saw a kid reaching for a rock and got one aswell and told them if they throw one more rock I'll throw one at them...again... I DIDN'T throw rocks at them. Its MY fault and My error. Soryy for the misunderstanding.
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post #5 of 25 Old 11-18-2019, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Plus the kids were relatives..
For your questions:
1. For a 1 year and 5 months
2. She was with him for 1 day (2hrs to be exact)
4. 2 months ago
5. Wormed in June
6. 12 hrs a day with a gelding
7. 15 lbs alfalfa, 5 lbs nutrena safechoice original, 3.5 lbs purina omolene 200
I live in the U.S and is 18 yo
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post #6 of 25 Old 11-18-2019, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Im a teenager. I do have an adult watching over me

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post #7 of 25 Old 11-18-2019, 12:49 AM
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15 lbs of alfalfa...no wonder she's hot. Does she need that much because of a weight issue or something? Maybe it's just me but 15 seems like an awful lot.
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post #8 of 25 Old 11-18-2019, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Think that's alot? She used to have a weight issue and had 20 lbs. (She had no concentrates back then) When I got her she weighed 892 lbs with no topline or muscle development. Now she weighs 1197 lbs (weighed her today) and has muscle and topline development. I am slowly lowering the amount of alfalfa I give.
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I don't know that the 15 lbs is a lot considering they're supposed to eat 1.5 to 2% of their body weight in forage. My mare eats about 20 pounds of alfalfa per day, 4 pounds of soaked beet pulp, with ration balancer, MSM, flax seed, and a tiny cup of sweet feed (just trying to use that up since we added the beet pulp). Our other two mares gets the same but they also gets ulcer guard added to their mix.

My mare is probably what some would consider "hot" but the other two definitely are not.

I suggest you look up the ulcer palpating video to see if that is something, especially with the cinchy attitude. Also check saddle fit? Maybe something is hurting her.
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post #10 of 25 Old 11-18-2019, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Her saddle fits her wide...im currently using shims and getting a saddle very soon. Maybe thats it. 😆😆 Being stupid I probably never thought of that.
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