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post #1 of 17 Old 01-04-2016, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Hello. I bought my first horse a few months ago. I have searched and asked around for an answer to my question but can't seem to find an answer to my specific question.
I lead my horse out to pasture in the morning and as soon as I take his halter off (rope halter always attached to rope lead) he turns and bucks, trots, and rears over to his hay (I always fill hay bag before bringing him out). He doesn't come at me though. He usually turns, takes a few strides, then does his thing. Then sometimes throughout the day he will canter around the pasture and buck and rear - sometimes I am outside fence, other times I see him from the window. It seems he is just excitable and not aggresive. He seems to be very food motivated as he usually trots right over to his hay. Any information/ advice is appreciated.

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-04-2016, 08:57 AM
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he just sounds like hes happy to be outside! some of our horses do that too right when you let them go. or even throughout the day. its almost like "yay, im free!". and he may be excited about his food there too! or guys run right over to theres too. its not something i would be too worried about, hes just being a horse(:
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post #3 of 17 Old 01-04-2016, 09:19 AM
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It could be a situation of simple exuberance, but there are a few questions people will need to have answered to give the most accurate feedback.

What is the extent of his training?

A horse who has been taught/ had ground manners enforced, knows not to act like that in the vicinity of humans. IMO, on or off lead. This is especially important around feeding time. Even though it is not directed at you, it could result in you or someone else inadvertently getting injured.

Is he alone in the pasture/paddock or does he have a companion?

Horses usually do best with a companion of some sort. Otherwise they can get rambunctious with you (their only companion) when they are trying to fulfill their need to socialize like a horse.

What is your experience handling/riding horses?

This will determine what you will be able to do on your own and how much help you might need.

How old is he?

Young horses are much more playful than the older ones, sometimes to the point they annoy their older counterparts, at which point the "adults" might discipline them.

Has he been gelded?

In most cases gelding makes a horse more compliant and easier to handle.

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post #4 of 17 Old 01-04-2016, 10:19 AM
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Hello. I bought my first horse a few months ago. I have searched and asked around for an answer to my question but can't seem to find an answer to my specific question.
I lead my horse out to pasture in the morning and as soon as I take his halter off (rope halter always attached to rope lead) he turns and bucks, trots, and rears over to his hay (I always fill hay bag before bringing him out). He doesn't come at me though. He usually turns, takes a few strides, then does his thing. Then sometimes throughout the day he will canter around the pasture and buck and rear - sometimes I am outside fence, other times I see him from the window. It seems he is just excitable and not aggresive. He seems to be very food motivated as he usually trots right over to his hay. Any information/ advice is appreciated.

Thanks
My mares are both pretty frisky when turned out, especially in the cold weather, your horse is just feeling good. Since you're a new horse owner I will offer this advice: always make sure your horse is facing you and standing still before you remove his halter.
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post #5 of 17 Old 01-04-2016, 11:27 AM
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My mares are both pretty frisky when turned out, especially in the cold weather, your horse is just feeling good. Since you're a new horse owner I will offer this advice: always make sure your horse is facing you and standing still before you remove his halter.
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I agree. As long as your horse behaves while being led out and lets you take his halter off, there is nothing to be concerned about
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post #6 of 17 Old 01-04-2016, 04:21 PM
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Sounds like your horse is just frisky and playful...but...

I would be hesitant to allow kicking (as in double back feet) anywhere near you. It might just be in play now, but you're effectively teaching the horse that it is ok to do that. But one double barrel kick can kill a person, despite the horse doing it out of play, fear, or aggression.
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post #7 of 17 Old 01-05-2016, 09:49 AM
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Mines does this all the time, completely normal, my pony goes straight in to the field has a roll then attacks the rest of the herd. They all end up galloping around the field for a few moments then get tired and stop lol.
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The foal loves to roll
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-06-2016, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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It could be a situation of simple exuberance, but there are a few questions people will need to have answered to give the most accurate feedback.

What is the extent of his training?

A horse who has been taught/ had ground manners enforced, knows not to act like that in the vicinity of humans. IMO, on or off lead. This is especially important around feeding time. Even though it is not directed at you, it could result in you or someone else inadvertently getting injured.

Is he alone in the pasture/paddock or does he have a companion?

Horses usually do best with a companion of some sort. Otherwise they can get rambunctious with you (their only companion) when they are trying to fulfill their need to socialize like a horse.

What is your experience handling/riding horses?

This will determine what you will be able to do on your own and how much help you might need.

How old is he?

Young horses are much more playful than the older ones, sometimes to the point they annoy their older counterparts, at which point the "adults" might discipline them.

Has he been gelded?

In most cases gelding makes a horse more compliant and easier to handle.
Thanks for reply. Here's a little background. I bought him with specific requests for trail riding and that he be used to loud sounds such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, etc.Also be used to dogs. He is very calm in that he doesn't spook to much at all. He had no papers when I got him. All I know is he came from KY (I bought him at a stable in NY), he's about 10 yrs old and he is a gelding. I don't know if he ever learned the longe line as he doesn't seem to want to move when I asked or he is just lazy. I do use a longe whip and I can tell he has definitely seen one before (fear) so it seems that he was mistreated in the past with one. He is beginning to learn that I am not going to hurt him with it as he respects it more now than he fears it. I may also not be assertive enough towards him on the line. In spring we will be building a round pen to do training. I am an experienced beginner rider and mainly want to use him for pleasure and trail rides. I have not ridden him here yet as I want to get the foundation of groundwork down and respect from him first. I did put saddle on and he did fine. When the trimmer comes (he is barefoot) he needs a hay bag to keep him occupied otherwise he gets a little frisky. He is in good health overall. It is also very cold here now and at the first sight of snow flurries he got really rambuncious out in pasture. I am certainly a novice compared to some but know enough to be aware of what I am doing in regards to caring for him but I am open to all help I can get. I apologize for long response and some of it may belong in another post but I am new to forum and how it works. He does okay while leading but sometimes jerks and pulls his head away. I immediately back him up and/or turn sharp so to make him think it was my idea. I was told to do this, correct me if I am wrong. Thank you again, all help is appreciated.
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-06-2016, 09:00 AM
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Instead of past abuse he was probably afraid of the whip because he hadn't seen one before, as he indicates by not knowing how to lunge. Most horses tend to spook from things they haven't seen before.

If he was & is to be a trail horse why not ride him? That's what he knows.

Do you need a round pen for a broke trail horse?
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