Weaving (horse) - Wikipedia
A horse with his ears pricked forward is curious and paying attention. Ears moving back and forth often indicate uncertainty. Floppy ears are a. Learn about the stereotypic behavior known as weaving, how it may be prevented by plenty of exercise, changes to the horse's environment. Tails are vital communication centers for your horse, relaying messages Its knees were turned forward, its elbows backward and its limbs were tucked and preferred relationships, their tails speak of hostilities quashed.
I hear all the time about how good a horse is, how willing he is, how much he loves you, NONE of that matters.
Your horse is a horse and that is all he knows how to be. He cannot throw you or hurt you unless you put yourself in a situation where it can happen. Don't blame the horse for anything, the horse has no choice in this, you bought him, you got on him, you went too fast, you did not prepare properly, you set the horse up for failure and the horse had no choice. It sounds like you did good sacking out, but this horse bucked from fear, pain or disrespect.
I was not there so I can't say what caused it, but I can say that you caused it, you forced it and you make it happen, the horse had no choice. You and others may think the horse had a choice not to buck, and maybe he did, but he did not have a choice not to be there, he did not have a choice to tell you he was not ready, he probably did tell you he was not ready and you did not hear it or ignored it.
Horse do things out of reaction when scared or not prepared. This horse told you he was not ready for what you asked, he told you the only he knew how. He did not throw you, you fell off, you failed to stay on, you did not have control of her, you did not read the signs before she bucked, you were not paying attention, I can always give 10 reasons on how something was the persons fault and yet everyone still wants to blame the horse.
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If you get anything from my answer, you horse did nothing wrong and it was not her fault. Accept responsibility for setting up and causing this. So what do you do, you start from the ground up.
You said you had all this experience, sorry but experience means nothing if you don't use caution, pay attention and don't set the horse up for failure. Once you admit that you caused this then you can start taking steps to prevent it and to set the horse for success.
Horses like routine and habit. Do the ground work in a small area, teach the horse to be secure in this area, then do short rides in this same area, then do short rides at a walk, once the horse gets GOOD and walk and stops, then in a week or so do trots to walk, then walk to stop, the trot to stop, once the horse is good at that, then to trot to canter then back to trot, then canter to walk, then canter to stop, it all takes time to set the horse up to know what to expect, no surprises and routine.
Why do horses weave? – EQUINE Ink
You said the horse was off for 20 months, that is a life time to a horse you basically got on a new horse that was never ridden and to quote you "I decided to get her to move out. The more you ride short rides the more the horse will get better and will not be so, what you call hot. She is just confused, and still testing each person since she got your fiance off, now she knows she can, so she will try more not with every person.
Only put experienced and good riders on her in a small and enclosed arena or round pen so she will not want to run off or buck so much. Time is the key, the more you spend the better you both get.
Slow down, start over and set the horse up for success. So please forgive me if I misunderstood this. As you not falling off a horse since you were 8 years old, I guess that record is past tense now. You now want to say the only mistake was believing what someone told you. Anyone that has been around horse people for a day or a year would know, that you put your life in your hands when you believe what others tell you, as you did. As for chewing your butt you see things as you want to see them, I did not call you names or even attempt to chew you out.
- Weaving (horse)
- Equine body language (part 1): What is your horse telling you?
You still want to see this as NOT your fault, you did nothing wrong but believe someone else is to blame. Sorry my dear, wrong again, you got on a horse that was not ready or safe and wanted to be "cowgirl or cowboy up" and like many people have found out, you are not as good as you think you are and a horse will show you that anytime you think so.
There is not a horse in world that I ride that can't throw me, I know this, so I spend time and try and prevent it from happening. NO one can make you look like an idiot, but you. So go ahead and keep believing that you did not fall off and that you decided to jump or got thrown. You hit the ground and could have been killed. How you got there is not real important. Why you got there should be your concern.
And if you keep wanting to believe you did not fall off, you were thrown off, all you did was believe someone or it is my fault for telling you what you need to hear, so be it. I can not help people with egos that want to make this about them, their egos, whether they look like an idiot or who don't want to hear what they need to hear. Perhaps had someone told you this before, you would not have had to learn this lesson, I say that with reservation, since I am not sure you learned a lesson.
Horses pay for people's mistakes. Your husband's first thought was get rid of the horse. Maybe he knows you better and figures you won't get it and will "get back on" "show the horse who is boss" and get yourself killed. You also said you had professional trainers tell you the same thing I told you but nicer.
I don't think I can help your horse since he is stuck with you. So you do what you want, that has always been your option. I gave you my take on the situation from what you told me, if you don't like the answer, don't do it and don't ask the question. Your ranting response shows that you think you know it all, you will not accept that you caused this and will always find others or the horse to blame. Move to top of page From what you told me the horse is smart and is doing what horses do.
He is telling you that he does not care about getting his ass run off chasing barrels or chasing cows. You can send this horse to trainers, this problem has been caused by you and you can fix or give him to someone who wants a good horse just to ride and run and compete all the time. You call this his job, it is not his job it is you goals and your wants and you are using the horse get it. No horse wants to be ran and worked all the time.
In earlier years of horses a horse was ridden more, spent more time with, cared for by the owner, and taken care of better since the horseman's life depended on it.
Why do horses weave?
A horseman would rarely run their horse at full speed from concern of hurting the horse and preventing it from being ridden.
Now in the world of time, awards, medals and other prizes, all of which mean nothing to a horse. This horse may not like his job since it hurts, just because we can't see it or a vet can't find it, does not mean the horse is not in pain.
I walk around with pain almost everyday, but not many know about unless I tell them. The horse may be telling you the only he can. Or he may just be saying enough is enough, I do not like getting kicked, ran, spurred, having the reins pulled on, or whatever it is that has made him sour to the ring.
As I said at the start you owned the horse, you caused this behavior and only you can fix it. You can't expect your horse to change if you continue to do the same thing. By you not wanting to ride the horse, the horse gets what he wants. If the horse respected you and saw you a good fair leader then he would not buck. It sounds like you have TRIED to give the horse what you think he needs, massages, training from stranger, medical check ups, I think the horse needs someone to see the world from his eyes, see how much fun it is living his life, some who thinks like a horse and if they were a horse would they want to be used or treated like he is being treated.
Management[ edit ] Providing a large turnout area, and free-choice hay reduces stress by mimicking a horses natural environment, and therefore reduces risk of weaving behaviour. Like most vices, weaving is a very difficult habit to break, and may not disappear even after the original problem has been resolved. However, there are several ways to manage a weaver and reduce its stress: Allow a weaver to see other horses, even if he is stalled separately.
Provide a companion for the horse, if possible. Some options include goats, cats, or chickens. In a stall, an open window often helps the situation. Keep the horse occupied when stalled. For example, provide a good quality continuous hay or a toy. Allow the horse to spend more time outside of its stall. This mimics a horses natural environment and should reduce stress levels.
Hanging a mirror in a stall often helps weaving, because the horse believes there is a nearby horse. Note that the mirror should be made from stainless steel to minimize safety concerns. Consistent feeding times and quality is important, and try to find ways to increase eating time hay nets  .
Is the horse being pushy by dropping his shoulder into my space? Probably the most easily analyzed part of the horse besides the tail is his head. If he flips his nose up, he is challenging your leadership. A twirling head means aggression.
It is a release of anxiety. The big yawn — release of anxiety A horse may also bow to you. However, there are different types of bows, and not all of them are based on trust and respect.
If a horse bows to you, but his head immediately comes back up high, the respect for your leadership comes from fear. If the horse bows to you with his head going down to the ground and staying down with eyes blinking, lips licking, and ears moving, or if he bows to you and then his head comes back up level-headed, he accepts your leadership out of trust and respect.
However, if his head goes down and stays down, with his eyes open staring wide, his mouth closed tight, and his ears stiff, the horse is sullen and pouty and has most likely been pushed too hard.
A horse has 16 muscles in his ear so he can move them all over the place. A horse with his ears pricked forward is curious and paying attention. Ears moving back and forth often indicate uncertainty. Floppy ears are a sign of sleepiness or feeling sick. Pinned ears ears put back flat against the neck indicate anger or fear, which are closely related. Pinned ears are a warning sign that the horse may bite or kick and are essentially telling another horse or you!
The dominant horse on the left is telling a lower ranked horse to move out of his space. Notice the pinned ears.