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post #1 of 7 Old 05-10-2015, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Odd Behavior

I went to go see/ride my horse today. I did my normal routine went and grabbed her from the field (she seemed normal), walked her to the outdoor arena and then she started acting horrible throwing her head around, not wanting to move...really acting strange (she is normally really calm and laid back). I've never seen her act this way it was like she was a whole different horse. I even tried disciplining her and still no help...I don't know what would cause this, she was recently put out in the pasture...or i was thinking maybe it was her menstrual cycle...But she acted fine at first, but then once she really started acting up...I put her back in the field and then right after I put her back in the field she bucked a little ( which she's never done), and then took of running everywhere like a mad man...shes kinda lazy so I've never seen her run that much for no reason....All opinions are welcomed, I would just like some answers.
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How long have had your mare?
How long has it been since you last road her?
What did you do on the last ride ride?

I suspect she is getting arena sour but as you did mention, "I did my normal routine..." Can you tell us what her "normal routine" is?
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Sounds to me that the culprit behind her temper tantrum is Spring ;) when they can eat fresh grass again and are put in larger pastures, most horses feel happy and crazy, they just want to run around and prance! And I'm guessing your mare just wanted to much rather do that in the pasture with her pals, rather than doing arena work with you.

If this is the case, try doing smething different with her in the arena for a change. Maybe groundwork with lots of mind-stimulating exercises, include some treats to ;) Make going to the arena a fun thing. But, if she starts behaving bad about it, don't just give in and take her back to the pasture! She will learn that if she resists, she'll get what she wants.. so she'll continue doing that every time you want to work her there. (And it can become dangerous at some point!) You need to be firm and tell her that she IS coming to the arena with you, no matter what.
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I agree with Kyro, she wanted to stay out, why work when you can eat good spring grass?

Unfortunately she won.

You say that you tried disciplining her - what did you do to make her realise that you were not falling for her tricks?
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Thank you for the opinions and advice. I came to the conclusion it's spring..any other time she's an excellent horse, just a little excited right now.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-12-2015, 10:45 AM
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When she misbehaves, don't give her what she wants, make her work. Every time you reward her for bad behavior by putting her back where she wants to be, you solidify it in her mind as the thing to do. If you work her (things like making her disengage her hindquarters left and right, over and over, making her back up with speed, keeping her out of your space, etc.), she'll quickly learn that misbehaving means work and she probably shouldn't do it anymore. Like Clinton Anderson and many other trainers say "Make the wrong thing difficult and the right thing easy."

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The Spring Sillies hit Nic and Chip too. My normally obedient geldings would NOT be caught for the farrier. It was kick! buck! race around! rear! play with each other! look at us and spook! run!

We kept at it, moving them around the three acre pasture until finally they gave up. Embarassing for me, and I'm sure those horses laughed.

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