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spottie77

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spottie77 says:

Spring grass = crazy horse?

Hi,

I have a three year old who most of the time is a little gem but I have noticied this time of year when the spring grass starts to come out he starts to act up quite a bit and he gets a bit of a temper on him.  Last night I tied him up to groom him off and he was doing mini rears and then tried to go for another horse for no reason whatsoever.  He was throwing his head around and getting in a right state and even turned his bum on me and threatened to kick with his ears flat back to his head.  Its so strange as the rest of the year he is pretty laid back and he is a firm favourite on the yard at being so friendly but April comes along and he turns into a demon!

He was like this last year too at this time of year!

Can spring grass really do this or is it just the time of year?  I appreciate he is young so he will have mood swings like any teenager!!  I do show him boundries and he is out with a mixed age range in his field of 10 geldings so its not as if they don't show him not to act up he has a few marks to prove when he has over stepped the mark!

I think also he is trying to push himself up the ranks as he is quite low in the pecking order in the field of geldings that he shares with so I think that is part of it.

Any one got any opinions about this? 

 

 

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

Re: Spring grass = crazy horse?

yes i think spring is in the air and it really effects some horses, my guys both get a bit fiesty and forward to ride and do show off a bit more in the field! however, personally i think this is no excuse for the bad behaviour youve described, you need to make sure he knows it's not ok to be aggresive to you.

all the horses in my herd seem to act a bit differently come the start of april, they are all a bit more energetic off the sugar!  bt should calm down in a few weeks hopefully!

my horses are my medicine, without them im even more crazy!

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spottie77

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spottie77 says:

Re: Spring grass = crazy horse?

I do show him that I won't have this kind of behaviour and I just left him there tied up until he had calmed down and instead of just putting him into his stable after his outburst I walked him around the yard making him halt and then walk forward, halt again until he was doing as I said and remembering his manners I then allowed him into his stable when he was doing as he was told and then he was totally fine and back to his cute self!

He isn't normally like this just seems to be the month of April!!

Not sure what else I can do?

 

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Rosebudd

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Rosebudd says:

Re: Spring grass = crazy horse?

 only thing i can really think of is, is he getting high levels of heating cereals as well as lush spring grass? as this might be making him more temperamental.. maybe cutting hard feed may reduce sugars? 

 

Also I would be inclined to feed Magnesium Oxide .. its pretty much what all calmers are made with but its a lot cheaper and economical.. we had a visitor at work who feeds just a teaspoon a day and she said its helped with her silly young horse.. and also her tubby shetlands its helped them to lose weight.. 

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spottie77

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spottie77 says:

Re: Spring grass = crazy horse?

I give him a tiny feed of low heating mix with a handful of alfa a low calorie as he does get hot. He is a good doer being part bred new forest and is in fact a tiny bit on the heavy side!! 

I will definately try the Magensium Oxide thanks for the tip!

 

 

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Rosebudd

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Rosebudd says:

Re: Spring grass = crazy horse?

:)

 

how do u find him on the alfa a ? i had my mare on the alfa a molasses free (dengie) and i swear it made her crazy,, haha :) xx  

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spottie77

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spottie77 says:

Re: Spring grass = crazy horse?

haha he has pretty much always had it and has been fine until April creeps up on me! Maybe I should try something else!

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Spring grass = crazy horse?

This explains why all the mares tonight were having a gallop round the field and trying to double barrel each other, plus the geldings have been moved alot closer, and it was me thinking it was something to do with the kids on holiday. Once all the horses at another yard I was on the horses started playing up until I found out someone was giving them a mars bar no no no, once stopped all calmed down and the person concerned thought I was being funny with them, reminded them I had to have a mars bar when my blood sugar goes too low or coma, those things so much sugar.

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Spring grass = crazy horse?

Hi, I would'nt think that a handfull of Alfa a would do too much but it is very high in protein and if you also have good grazing your horse will probably be getting enough already from the grass. I sometimes feed Tenor Alfa A during the Winter when there is no grass and it does'nt make him hyper but then all horses are different, I don't feed it during the grazing season though as he needs to watch his weight !

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