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Tabbyx

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Tabbyx says:

Excitable ex-racer!!!

Hi I have an excitable ex-racer called Whinney. I took  Whinney for a canter down the lane with my friend and she was nice and steady but when we asked them to slow down she started sidestepping and rearing the next time I asked her to go into canter she went into race mode and was uncontrolable.If my mum had'nt of parke at the end of the lane we would of gone onto the road. She also sidesteps and jumps in the air when I take her over a jump. At the moment she is fed 2 scoops of pony nuts every morning a a slice of hay a day. But is there alot of sugar in ponynuts. Could anyone recommend a daily feed for excitable temperments?

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wundahoss

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wundahoss says:

Re: Excitable ex-racer!!!

Bummer! Just replied but it disappeared!

Firstly, in regard to diet & such, in addition to what I wrote on the 'skinny TB' thread which is relevant for you, you might want to check out feedxl.com, which is a great diet/nutrition service I sub to, which happens to be free to UK residents ATM, so make the most of it!

Unless the horse has free access to a paddock of long stemmy, low sugar(as opposed to cattle fattening 'improved' pasture) grass, I'd be feeding a heap more hay than that. Pony nuts don't tend to be high sugar/grain, depending on the type, but feeding them only once daily may be exacerbating any gut probs & causing behavioural issues. A good nutritional supp that balances the rest of her diet is also a good idea.

 

It is also very worth while getting her checked out/treated for any physical problems/pain that may be causing her to be reactive. I'd want to rule out/treat any of these issues before riding her again. Of course, teeth, bit, saddle fit, etc are important parts of that too.

 

How long have you had the horse? How long has she been off the track, how old is she & what is her experience & training, aside from racing? I notice that you have only been riding for 4 years yourself, which doesn't necessarily mean you're not good enough for her or anything, but I'd be sticking to controlled, safe environments & doing some training with her(perhaps starting her with a good trainer, & then you have lessons too, if you aren't up to it), because it could just be that she's done & knows nothing but racing &/or experienced riders. Don't take her out on roads & such & don't canter her until you have a good working communication going.

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Tabbyx

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Tabbyx says:

Re: Excitable ex-racer!!!

Whinney has been checked is fine she is showing no signs of pain just sheer excitment and happiness thanks for the advise though

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