Advice/where from here?

Advice/where from here?

Post by kkrue.. » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00


What are we missing?  Have a 6 yr old arab/appy mare that has had excellent
training and treatment from day one.  John Lyons philosophy mostly.  Have had
good success with other horses.  This one is dangerously and unpredictably
spooky.  Bucks sometimes.  Tight rear end always.  Usually tense at the
beginning of daily round pen work.  This horse has been to a trainer every
spring for one month for the last 3 yrs.  Has been under saddle since age 3.  
This is NOT a sore back issue.  This horse will go fine for hours then suddenly
and unpredictably spook, whirl, buck and lose the rider.  This horse ran
through the BOTTOM rail of the round pen to join buddies.  We are at a loss.  
Is this horse "for experienced rider" forever?  Is it breeding?  Is it
personality?  I do not think it is fear. This animal will walk over flapping
tarps among other de-spooking exercises.  Loads into a trailer on verbal cue
only, either side.  What is the deal here?  Don't wanna get killed.
Going Nuts in Michigan
Mary

 
 
 

Advice/where from here?

Post by Craig Steven » Sun, 03 Aug 1997 04:00:00

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> What are we missing?  Have a 6 yr old arab/appy mare that has had excellent
> training and treatment from day one.  John Lyons philosophy mostly.  Have had
> good success with other horses.  This one is dangerously and unpredictably
> spooky.  Bucks sometimes.  Tight rear end always.  Usually tense at the
> beginning of daily round pen work.  This horse has been to a trainer every
> spring for one month for the last 3 yrs.  Has been under saddle since age 3.
> This is NOT a sore back issue.  This horse will go fine for hours then suddenly
> and unpredictably spook, whirl, buck and lose the rider.  This horse ran
> through the BOTTOM rail of the round pen to join buddies.  We are at a loss.
> Is this horse "for experienced rider" forever?  Is it breeding?  Is it
> personality?  I do not think it is fear. This animal will walk over flapping
> tarps among other de-spooking exercises.  Loads into a trailer on verbal cue
> only, either side.  What is the deal here?  Don't wanna get killed.
> Going Nuts in Michigan
> Mary

Hi Mary,
        If you were in my area I would invite you in for training but you are
not and so I have a few vet suggestions....... check her inside, she
could have a ***l infection which can be bothering her and check her
eyes. It is unlikely to be either of these but you should not discount
either. You should talk to the vet about the posibility of a harmone
imbalance. There is a shot which can help if this is the case and they
do implants which can provide relief.
        Just a question or two that you can answer privately... is she close
coupled and straight in the rear? Is she base narrow behind?
--
Craig P. Stevens
Director - National School of Academic Equitation
22131-31st Avenue SE, Bothell, WA 98021
(206)806-8171