How to deal with a hot horse?
How to deal with a hot horse?
A hot horse looks like an onion. She has so many layers that need to be explored before we can get to the bottom of the problem. And, if you do not exercise caution, this “onion” can cause us to shed tears.
It takes time and skill to uncover the talent that is hiding inside this crazy clot of energy.
Hot horses are very different in size, exterior, and they release their energy in various ways. One horse can “start” from under you at the slightest pressure of the shankel, the other builds up tension, ready to explode just about. Whatever the hot horse, it can be a real threat to both itself and others. Finding a solution to a problem efficiently and quickly is the key to a happy, healthy relationship with your hot horse.
To understand where excess energy and stress come from, the first thing you need to pay attention to is the horse’s lifestyle. In the wild, horses roam the herd through territories of hundreds or thousands of acres. They graze for almost 20 hours every day, sleep when other horses are awake and watch the herd, they can run, goat and play when they want to. In domestic horses, things are usually different. We control their diet, exercise, time for games and each of the areas of their daily lives. We put strange things made of leather and fabric on their backs and insert iron into our mouths. We ask them to carry us around or carry us over obstacles.
When we take the responsibility to fully control the life of our horses and ask them to do what they usually do not do in nature, we must ensure that they remain healthy, happy and free from pain.
Pain is the very first thing to be suspected if the horse behaves too impulsively. Not knowing the language, the horses try to show everyone how they feel – for example, they break into the quarry a second after you got on the saddle.
Is your horse’s teeth OK? Are there mouth sores or spinning tops that would cause pain while putting on the frenum? Is there any pain? Is there an inflammation or a tumor somewhere on the body, does the horse react accordingly when you run a hand along its back, neck, legs? Ask yourself these important questions and contact your veterinarian and / or forge if even minor changes have occurred in the horse’s behavior.
Then look at your horse’s lifestyle. A horse that stays for a long time in the stall and is unable to play and burn excess energy will be very active, will not be able to walk, will break down to run. If the horse has an overabundance of energy, you need to give her a walk in a spacious levada more often – so she can let out “extra” steam. If you stabilize a hot horse with a more phlegmatic gaming partner, you will reduce the risk of injury.
If your horse has passed the veterinarian’s check, has access to a spacious pasture where he can be “just a horse”, but nevertheless continues to remain extremely tense and energetic in work, the next thing to pay attention to is nutrition, daily diet . Although there are a wide variety of opinions regarding the effect of the diet on horse behavior, energetic, restless or nervous horses can undoubtedly benefit from changes in nutrition.
Excess calories and simple sugars are believed to increase horse energy. Cereals with a high content of non-structural carbohydrates (or NSIs) contain more simple sugars. By using a hay-based diet and reducing the amount of grain with a high content of NSOs in a horse’s diet, it is possible to maintain the level of sugar in her blood at the proper level and, possibly, to reduce the excess energy.
Adding vital vitamins and minerals also helps balance a horse’s diet and control excess energy and tension. For example, if in your area the grass is rich in calcium, then it is good for bones, but an excess of calcium can cause some muscle diseases.
Magnesium balances calcium levels and promotes muscle relaxation. For tense horses that consume a lot of calcium-containing foods, magnesium can help balance a diet and promote relaxation.
Horses are inherently animal victims. The fact that they are at the bottom of the food chain has made them hypersensitive to the environment during evolution. This means that horses know almost everything that happens around. When something makes them nervous, they react, either including the “flight” instinct, or the “resistance” instinct. They either get scared and run away, or try to resist the aggressor by beating off, standing up on candles or using other methods of attack.
Work on the cord is aimed at inducing the horse to “turn on the brain” and relax in the body.
To overcome general nervousness…