I recently leased a horse. This isnít my first lease, but my other lease experience was partial leasing where all I did was ride, I didnít pay for vet bills, tack was provided, and the horse stayed on the owners property. And he was a pretty laid back horse, other than he liked to be in the lead at all times, and only ever took off with me once or twice.
But that was 5 years ago... and this new horse is a real piece of work! His owner told me he was bottom of the totem pole, laid back, and lazy. And this held true when I got on him at her property. But when he was moved to my boarding facility he became a total jerk!
Heís top of the totem pole, pushy, and very hot. I rode him for the first time since moving him today and thought he was going to throw me... as soon as I got on him, he took off before I could even get my balance or stirrups and ran half way through the barn before I could get him stopped. He tries to bite me and other horses, and has turned his butt to me a few times while being brushed as if heís going to kick me. Iím just shocked at how big of a change he has made. I hardly had to pull on him at all when I rode him the first time.
And the only thing I can think of that has changed other than his location is his feed. Heís on Purina Omelene 200. I was told by the people at tractor supply to give him a 3 quart scoop in the morning and evening. And he gets all his hay and grazes while heís in the pasture all day. Could this be the cause of his major attitude change?
I will be hiring a trainer to teach me how to do the ground work and get his respect and work on his manners. But He was just SO GOOD the first time and is a nightmare now. Sorry for the long post but any help would be appreciated.
Feed can absolutely affect how a horse is going to go, thats why people feed their horses a big majority of the time. I wouldn't call it changing their attitude but rather changing how well they are feeling. It's very comparable to humans in that depending on what you had to eat, you'll feel a certain way. Sometimes adding supplements like iron or B12 is a good idea to boost up your energy levels. No different in horses. Supplements and feed can affect that as well.