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post #1 of 15 Old 12-15-2014, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Daily routine?

Hi! Basically my horse is in now she's clipped and the fields are muddy. She has started to get really grumpy and hates being ridden. I'm also really careful when I ride to make it an enjoyable time for her. I think she's like this because she has too much energy. I don't get up to the yard 'till very late so she doesn't get much exersize. In the week it's litarlly giving her some time free in the indoor but she just rolls and does no work.

I'd really like to know some good routines (I can't go to the yard in the morning) so she has enough exersize in the week.

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Assuming you have already ruled out body pain and ill-fitting tack as the source of grouchiness, some horses never get used to being stalled all day, and will just be grouchy until they get turnout time. When you pull her out of the stall to ride, give her time to stretch those unused muscles before asking her to get down to your focused, serious riding work.

If my boy has been stalled for a few days of bad weather, I'll walk him up and down the barn aisle for a minute before making him stand tied for tacking, then let him get out any pent up energy on the lunge line before I hop on. He won't exercise himself if I turnout in the covered arena, either, so I have to make sure he's moving those muscles. Even if I don't have time to ride, I do my best to at least pull him out of his stall for a handwalk every day he is stalled.
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Energy is a lame excuse for her behavior. I suggest that you learn to ground school. Retraining on the ground will be much safer for YOU. Put up with NO bad behavior leading out, and NO bad behavior in the arena. She is too well trained to buck on the lunge!!! If you let her do so, you are training her to do so. In fact, bc you have not taken leadership, you have been training her that it's ok to be "grumpy" on your rides. She SHOULD be looking forward to them!
Here's an example of poor training. Family is at our local Monday night special pizza place. Family close by has an ~9mo little girl. Every time she wants something she screams at the top of her lungs. Grandparents are laughing nervously. I would have left the restaurant with any of my 3 daughters if they did this. =/ EVEN, if it meant everybody else got to eat the meal and I sat with the child in the car.
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Either on the ground or under saddle, you could setup an obstacle course to challenge her mind, get her attention, and do something interesting for both of you.

It would take some energy though - a makeshift bridge to cross, small jumps, poles lined up like a maze that you can back through, or stepping on all types of objects, going through a shower curtain, have her forefeet step on a piece of cardboard and leg yield around in a circle.

I like doing something trail like at the end of arena work because the horse and I both get bored going around in circles in the indoor in the winter.
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Assuming you have already ruled out body pain and ill-fitting tack as the source of grouchiness, some horses never get used to being stalled all day, and will just be grouchy until they get turnout time. When you pull her out of the stall to ride, give her time to stretch those unused muscles before asking her to get down to your focused, serious riding work.

If my boy has been stalled for a few days of bad weather, I'll walk him up and down the barn aisle for a minute before making him stand tied for tacking, then let him get out any pent up energy on the lunge line before I hop on. He won't exercise himself if I turnout in the covered arena, either, so I have to make sure he's moving those muscles. Even if I don't have time to ride, I do my best to at least pull him out of his stall for a handwalk every day he is stalled.
Thanks so much I tried this and she is getting better.
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Either on the ground or under saddle, you could setup an obstacle course to challenge her mind, get her attention, and do something interesting for both of you.

It would take some energy though - a makeshift bridge to cross, small jumps, poles lined up like a maze that you can back through, or stepping on all types of objects, going through a shower curtain, have her forefeet step on a piece of cardboard and leg yield around in a circle.

I like doing something trail like at the end of arena work because the horse and I both get bored going around in circles in the indoor in the winter.
Thanks I'll try this.
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YOU are the thinking member of this team. So...plan a schooling lesson that you KNOW that she can do, but put lots of transitions and ask her to do something new every few minutes. Horses will submit after being faced with order after order after order after order after order. Stop every few minutes and praise her, so that she knows you are please. After you have accomplished your lesson, immediately dismount and make a big fuss over her.

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Wait... you wont turn her out because shes clipped and its muddy? Why not just put some good rugs on her and let her get out? In Canada there are clipped horses that live outside all winter, they just get heavily rugged.

Shes cranky because being in isn't natural, and shes not getting enough exercise. She needs to have turn out time.
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While I agree with NBEventer about tossing on a rug and turning her out being a best case scenario, perhaps that's not an option for the OP? Many boarding facilities don't allow horses turned out when it's super muddy because they will really tear up the ground.
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