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post #1 of 9 Old 02-22-2016, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Running around like crazy

This was the first nice weekend we have had in a while! It was a gorgeous 65 degree Saturday in February!!! That is very rare for us Pennsylvania people! anyway, there is a big creek that runs through our pasture and I am still learning a bit about my horse, so I stuck her on a lead and walked her to the water to see how she felt about it, and she walked to the water's edge with me, no problem and we stood there for about ten minutes.

She started doing a bit of a dance, so I let her off the lead and she stuck around for another couple minutes and out of no where turned around on her hind legs, and took off as fast as she could, the other horses followed, to the edge of the pasture.

I whistled and she took off back towards me again, with the others. stood with me for a bit and then beat feet again to the open field part of the pasture bucking, rearing and carrying on...

To be honest, I loved it... I love to see horses run like that... though this was the first time I ever saw it in person, it was amazing just to see how powerful and spirited she was...

what caused this??!! haha is it normal? was it "spring fever?" do they enjoy the nice weather as much as we do??
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-22-2016, 11:45 AM
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Definitely sounds like a case of spring fever. :) My boy is completely bonkers right now as well.

I guess your mare just grew impatient from all that standing and setting her loose ignited a spark under her tail, so to say. I might have done a little bit of calming groundwork (read - calm flexions rather than longeing her!) to return her attention to me at first in a similar situation.

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post #3 of 9 Old 02-22-2016, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Definitely sounds like a case of spring fever. :) My boy is completely bonkers right now as well.

I guess your mare just grew impatient from all that standing and setting her loose ignited a spark under her tail, so to say. I might have done a little bit of calming groundwork (read - calm flexions rather than longeing her!) to return her attention to me at first in a similar situation.
Figured(:

She dang near ran me over when I whistled for her! It was nice to see her so excited though!(:

Thank you though, I'll look into that(:
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-22-2016, 11:53 AM
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I agree! Spring fever! Here in NB were at fifteen degrees and the horses are loving it. My usually lazy boy is friskier than ever, and one of the other geldings is near insane with the running and the rearing and the bucking.
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-22-2016, 12:16 PM
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Yes, sounds like Spring fever. Like Saranda, the only thing I would have done differently is not release the horse until it was focused on me and obedient. Then it could have a good romp with the others.
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-22-2016, 03:18 PM
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don't let her run up on you so close. shoo her off big and strong if she's running too close to you. it's very dangerous and disrespectful. other than that, if she wants to run with her buddies, that's fine. it is amazing to watch how strong and athletic horses REALLY are, not that you'd like to actually ride that!
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-22-2016, 03:56 PM
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Pretty normal for horses to run around.

Saturday we had a very, very nice day here in North Dakota as well. We called the horses home to mess around with them and my Red let out a few good rodeo bucks as they were running home.

When the weather is nice, they feel good and like to "play". I've had horses my entire life (almost 30 years) and I'll never tire of watching it.

If they get too close and/or are heading toward me, I shoosh them away from me. You don't want to get hit by a flying hoof while they are playing. They know to stay out of my bubble.

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haha is it normal? was it "spring fever?" do they enjoy the nice weather as much as we do??
Yes

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post #9 of 9 Old 02-22-2016, 09:33 PM
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Sounds like the mare was standing nicely before during and after unsnapping the lead, then decided to go for a sprint lol.

"Pretty normal for horses to run around"

Arg. So tired of the people who FREAK if a horse is running. To the point of panic... Leave the poor thing alone already, that's what they DO! Why do people not realize this???/Rant
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