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post #11 of 15 Old 12-16-2014, 04:37 PM
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Is there someone else (perhaps a competent teenager or young adult who would love more time in the saddle but can't afford it) who could help you exercise her on days you can't get out? Not knowing any more details about the situation than you have shared, my guess would be that she simply needs more time out of the stall and in motion.

Have other aspects of her management changed too? Specifically, I'm wondering about her forage situation. Does she have hay or other forage available to her all the time? Because if she went straight from being on pasture (forage all the time) to being stalled virtually all the time w/ hay being given only 2x per day, she may have developed ulcers which would contribute to any cranky behavior.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-16-2014, 05:18 PM
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It's hard to feed a horse that's stabled most of the time and on limited exercise without it getting too fat - I also wonder if she's spending too much time without food and maybe investing in some slow feed nets would work better for her than eating everything in an hour and then nothing at all until the next haying session
If she can't go out at all then could someone not at least lunge her for you in the mornings or even give her some free time in a manege or indoor school?
I'd also suggest a good magnesium supplement
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post #13 of 15 Old 12-16-2014, 05:26 PM
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Her mood doesn't matter. And that's how you need to treat her. She does what you want, providing she knows how to fulfill your requests. Not all horses run when turned out but at least she's enjoying a roll.

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^have to disagree Saddlebag. The mood of a horse really DOES matter. Nobody likes riding a grump who may comply but swishes tail and grinds teeth at every request. If my horse is having a 'bad mood day' while I will not be a pushover and lax on obedience, I also won't keep pushing her. I will change my activity/lesson plan, cut the session short, or just groom and spend time with her and not work her at all. It does wonders for a horse's mental state, and this coming from the owner of a horse who was previously notorious for kicking, biting, grumpy, obstinate, lazy, cinchy behavior. Now she is a pleasure to be around not only for me but others as well.

Perhaps you only meant not to get upset at a horse for being grumpy, in which case I agree. But I had to say that mood really does matter.

OP, you've been just slightly berated on this thread, and I'm honestly not sure why... Anyway, have you tried liberty training? This is something you could do in the indoor arena, is great for building bond, trust, and respect with the horse, mentally engaging, and the horse is able to be freely expressive and energetic. If your horse has a favorite buddy you are allowed to work with, you could turn them out in the indoor together and give a couple swings of the whip to get them moving, they love playing and racing together (provided the two already get along very well).

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post #15 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
Her mood doesn't matter. And that's how you need to treat her. She does what you want, providing she knows how to fulfill your requests. Not all horses run when turned out but at least she's enjoying a roll.
I'm confused - all the OP has said is that her horse was grouchy, no mention of not doing what was asked. My grouchy horse had a sour expression for much of our last ride, but still remembered his manners and responded to my cues as has always been expected of him...
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