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post #1 of 29 Old 02-23-2015, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Why did my mare buck me off for no reason?

I have had my mare since she was two days old, 3 years ago and she has always been very quiet and eventually responsive to all the ground training. When I backed her, I rode her only once and discovered she was in foal. The foal is now 7 months old and is not weaned yet. I have tried to ride her recently but she bucked me off a couple of days ago and now doesn't want to let me back on. I must admit I am quite nervous and I am not an experienced rider and she is my very first horse. Other experienced riders do not have any problems with her and say obviously I have treated her like a baby which is probably true. I live in Fiji and obviously there is no riding school to teach me some skills so can anyone offer advice as I am very disappointed in myself and my mare! Thank you in anticipation.
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post #2 of 29 Old 02-23-2015, 11:53 PM
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she isn't really trained, and having the baby, and maybe living in a herd(?) has erased what you had. I'd wait until the foal is weaned, and they are well seperated, then go back to where things are good. is there no one who can help you? is this a Fijian native horse? they are tough little horses.

I went to Fiji, many years ago, and the villagers warned me to be careful not to come between a mare and her foal. they were MEAN!
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post #3 of 29 Old 02-24-2015, 01:03 AM
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Agree with Tiny.

She didn't buck you off for no reason, there was one you just didn't see it.

After you backed her the first time you could have kept riding her even though she was in foal. It sounds like you let the training go so she could be a brood mare - did she get bred by accident?

So now it's back to square one with her, beginning on the ground and working your way back to where you were (which she has currently "forgotten").

I suggest you wait until she is without baby at her side (if you separated them that right there could have been the reason). You can get DVD series which help you to train or even watch some of Stacey Westfall's Jac series on YouTube (watch them in order to see how she progresses and prepares for the inevitable issues). She is a fabulous trainer so will get results much faster than you but if no one can help you'll need to educate yourself online as best as possible.
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post #4 of 29 Old 02-24-2015, 01:28 AM
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horses in Fiji are a lot "wilder". they tend to fend for themselves a lot. so, your experience will be different from someone who has the benefit of trainers and schools to help.

just out of curiousity, roughly where in Fiji are you? we stayed that time on the Gold Coast, about an hour or so south of Nande. (well, an hour's drive , more or less).
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If my calculations are correct she was 18 months old when she was bred & you started riding her? Then I'd say she bucked because she needs to be restarted as she's still a baby....with a baby.
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post #6 of 29 Old 02-24-2015, 06:19 AM
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If my calculations are correct she was 18 months old when she was bred & you started riding her? Then I'd say she bucked because she needs to be restarted as she's still a baby....with a baby.
And I hope you keep her properly so no more surprise foals.
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What amount of training & riding experience did this horse have before she was with foal?
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post #8 of 29 Old 02-24-2015, 09:49 AM
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What amount of training & riding experience did this horse have before she was with foal?
I think this is the issue here. It seems you were riding a very green young mare when you decided to give her maternity leave. Now her concern is the foal and NOT picking up where her training left off. There is no reason why a pregnant mare can't be ridden moderately and if you have a safe situation, a mare can be ridden with the foal at her side. Now I don't think there is much you can do until the foal is completely weaned. Without her having to think about her baby, I think she will come around quickly but it will require going back to the basics all over again.
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For the first little while, you have to ride the young green horse constantly so it really sinks in. You rode her once so a year and a half later, she has forgotten all about it. That, and she isn't worried about you, she's worried about her baby. Why isn't the baby weaned yet? You can start weaning at about 4 months.. I would wait until she is completely okay with no baby. Then, go back to groundwork. Then, just work on mounting. If she bucks you off, try again. If she bucks and you just leave, you are showing her that bucking means she gets out of work. Oh, I buck, she leaves. But, go slow! Don't just waltz out there and get on! Groundwork, then hopping at her side, one foot in the stirrup, little bit of weight, bouncing, get up on one side, and finally swing over, just do that over and over again for a couple days. And remember the first thing you do when you first get on is get off, that way, she won't think that she is just stuck with you forever. Just make sure you get off on your terms, not hers...
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post #10 of 29 Old 02-24-2015, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you

Thank you all for your replies and advice. She was 18 months old when a Stallion got loose (horses are tied with ropes in Fiji, no stables). Thanks to volunteer vets from New Zealand, the Stallions have now been gelded so no more accidents. When the foal was 5 months old, I saddled her and started ground work again. I actually rode her and she was great but didn't want to leave the foal and when she bucked me off, we were only a few hundred yards from home. I live in Nadi, on the beach at Wailoaloa, Newtown and the horses are kept in the bush and always walk on the sand, no shoes!! I have got some help this week, someone leads me on foot but she plays up when leaving the foal. Thanks to your advice, I am looking for somewhere to take the foal for a few weeks which you say would help.
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