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Well, i got my first horse just over two weeks ago, shes a 14.3hh welsh D mare, and shes great, a little fizzy but really fun and such a sweetie!
She lives out over the summer, and since i've moved her to my yard, shes been out in the field constantly apart from a few hours a day when i bring her in to ride, groom etc. She gets to nibble from a haynet while shes in and theres plenty of lush grass in her field. However, i hacked her out yesterday, and shes normally forward going on hacks, but she was VERY spooky for the first time, and even reared a few times when she got 'scared' and did some mini rear hops when i wouldnt let her canter when she wanted.
She didnt scare me, but i dont want her to behave like this cos i wont be able to enjoy hacking, and i dont want her to get into bad habits.
Shes also put on a bit of weight since i've got her, I think shes having too much lush grass, and its giving her too much energy that she isnt using, which is making her a bit silly. Im not the most experienced, but does this sound about right, or do you think it could be somthing else?
Any advise would be great!!!
Wanna have an amazing, non-stressful summer on my beautiful pony :)
just thought i'd show a pic of her, cos i think shes stunning!! HAvnt got any of me riding her just yet, but will put some up soon!


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this is her last owner on her!
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sorry if the pics come up twice, just wanted to make sure they did show!!
 

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she is very pretty, but she looks pretty heavy to me. Yes she has too much energy and yes she probably needs to be cut back on whatever food she is getting (even if its just the grass and hay) I know some don't condone it but I do find lunging will help get some energy out, especially if you can't ride her every day. You might want to ride her in the arena for a few weeks then take her on trail. She is very nice though.
 

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thank you, yeah, well at the moment, i ride her 5 days a week doing a bit of everything, and give her two days off in the field, but i think i will try lungeing, thank you for the idea!
And yeah, i thought i'd keep her in the arena until shes a bit calmer and then try her outside.
I was thinking about perhaphs getting a grazing muzzle sort of thing so she cant eat as much grass while shes turned out, and soaking her hay before she gets it so theres less calories in it?
 

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you might need to do a muzzle, I believe soaking the hay takes some of the sugar out of it. I am not an expert on that. Wow if you are riding her 5 days a week that is awesome, but she ought be a better girl. Lunging can be a way to let her understand your commands better etc. Are you hacking her alone? She may be very nervous to be in a new place on her own. I am currently trying out Mare Magic a supplement to calm mares, seems to be working but going to wait a bit longer before I declare it incredible. Is really cheap and just raspberry leaves so worth a try.....

She is so adorable. Get pics of you riding when you can.
 

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I would advice soaking her hay, too. They did that at my old stable. I also agree that a muzzle would work. Maybe you could re-seed the grass and chose a type that is not as rich.... but that would take time, and money, and you could not let her out to pasture for about two years. You'd need to keep her somewhere else.

Do you lunge her often? Before you ride? Try doing that. Any round-pen works. Maybe you could hot-walk her. Groundwork works wonders.

Beautiful horse! I love her color!!!
 

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thank you so much, thats really helpful!
Yeah i definately think i'll have to invest in a grazing muzzle, will be worth it if it helps, and i think she needs to loose a bit of weight aswell as its getting hard to feel her ribs!
Yeah im just finishing college for the summer so ive got loads of time to spend up there with her, and can ride pretty much most days which is great, hopefully she'll get better but as its only been two weeks since i got her im not expecting any quick results!
Im hacking her out in company, with a very wise laid back pony, and the first few times i took her out she didnt bat an eyelid at anything, i really dont think shes the spooky type i think its all the excess energy which is making her question things and hopefully that will be sorted out soon :)
And i got given a no more moods feed supplement for moody/energetic horses but have yet to feed it to her because shes not getting (and certainly doesnt need) any hard feed but will take the advise on what you suggested when winter comes!


And thank you, she really is a stunner, i'm very lucky and i certainly will post some pics as soon as i work out how to get them from my camera onto the computer!
 

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It could be the grass, or just excitement on finally being out. Saddle fit can also be an issue. If her saddle is uncomfortable, it can cause spookiness and naughty behavior.
 

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My guys have energy issues (but theyre on grain). Gazing muscles will probable be the answer to you weight issue with her, and perhaps her energy. I like lunging and playing "games" with my guys before even taking them on a walk. I love Welshes, absolutely stunning mare.
 

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To get rid of some of the energy she has, try lunging her before you ride her. Not just lunging for 2-3 minutes do it for 5 and not just walking and trotting, canter too. It really helps.
 

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if shes spooking then walk her around everything. if your in a canter and shes going crazy take her down a step. i think youll find that that will work a little.
 

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We have a welsh D - they are great - and he is fizzy all the time , might be a welsh thing. I would soak his hay , our vet has told us that it removes some of the sugar.
I would also either get a grazing muzzell or restrict how much grass she gets - if you don't you have a good chance of her getting laminitc, there is also a chance of grass protein overload which can lead to protein lumps or urticaria.
 

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thank you guys for all your advice!
I will definately start soaking her hay and am off to get a grazing muzzle today to stop her eating as much grass!
And yeah, nutty saddler, I think it is a welsh thing, every welshie i know has had lots and lots of energy but thats what makes them so fun!
But definately want to take precautions to stop her from getting laminitus or any other problems!
thank you for all the help :)
 
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