My mare has always been temperamental but on friday the farrier was due and while waiting for him to arrive I tried to do some circle (lunging) with her - Now there are alot of variables to this - It was very early compared to normal, foggy and down the opposite end of our new field than the end she grazes. She had been acting normal - quite calm and then I asked her to circle and she turned in and reared! then I tried the other directiona nd she bucked so I gave her some line and she galloped around me all tucked up and then turned and reared at me again! This is not normal - She often threatens but has NEVER taken her feet off the floor before, have had her four years sept just gone - Could this behaviour be related to hormones?
Kim it sounds to me as if your mare is just testing you to see if the same rules apply in her new surroundings. She also may have known something was up because it sounds like you had changed your normal routien. When you say she tucked up, do you mean she tucked her tail in ready to buck? I might suggest to you what you suggested to me in another post, maybe she is sore? also another thing that may be causing it is if there is a lot of green feed she may just be feeling good and that was her way of 'playing' with you. As long as she is not sore i would just keep working her through it. If she goes to turn in push her out imidiatley and if she bucks just keep lunging her till she starts to behave herself. Hope that helps
Yeah it was to buck - I gave her enough line to mess around with until she sorted herself out but it was really the rearing that bothered me. It is possible she was sore - she has navicular and was only recently diagnosed - she was due for new shoes so it wouldnt surprise me which is why I didnt carry on with her that day - The trouble is the vets say exercise is good for her but she cant have any pain releif because shes pregnant so we do have to be really carefull. Its just that she has never ever reared and I wouldnt have expected it of her for any reason... I play with her in the field some days for company as we are now on our own there, it tends to get her a bit excited and sometimes she forgets how much smaller I am but Im pretty sure she didnt mean fun this day : ) Thanks for your response Emma, much appreciated
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