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post #1 of 4 Old 11-01-2014, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question Moody Mare

Hi,
I am now riding a pretty paint mare and I am quite happy with her. She is a school horse and I was switched to her so that I can start jumping. (the other horse I used to ride was not allowed to jump due to old age) Everyone has told me that she is rather moody and I myself have noticed this. Her ears are often pinned back and she seems to be a bit of a biter.(she has not bit me, but she has tried to nip at me and others) I was just wondering if there was a way to improve her attitude. Overall, she is a good horse just seems a little bit P.O
Thanks in advanced!

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-01-2014, 07:49 PM
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Growl back at her.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-01-2014, 07:54 PM
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Just stand your ground with this mare. Don't let her dominate you. Can you do any driving exercises before each lesson to remind her who's boss? It could help. She needs to be willing to let you lead but she may be the type you have to prove yourself with first.

I really don't get why instructors have horses that their students feel they need to fix, in their programs in the first place. :( I don't think this is the kind of hands on learning a student should have to pay for. Maybe it's not that bad... Anyway, I digress.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-01-2014, 08:21 PM
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When you walk her to cool her out or bring her in from pasture, keep the loose reins/lead ready. When she goes to nip at you, swing them up at her. Not smacking her in the face, just swishing it up to let her know you can bite too. The school mare I rode was the same way. She thought humans were all dumb little monkeys that insisted on bothering her. Once you showed her that you weren't going to take her crap, she turned into a cuddly little sweety.
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