Help! I bought a four year old a while ago. I’ve been riding her for months and she has been an angel. I have her in full training with a professional. She went to her first show and clinic last month with a score of almost a 70 %. We were going to try her in the FEI four year old class but before the qualifying show she started bucking and getting opinionated under saddle. We brushed it off as ulcers from her first show this season and treated her with a week of ulcer guard. She went to the show and acted terrible. She started rearing and tried to run back to the barn. She got very backed off the leg and refused to trot or turn when asked than threatened rearing. Now that we got back home she contributed to rear outside. Today, she was slightly better And was good but my trainer wouldn’t let me get on because he still felt Her backed off the leg . She is a four year old mare, so I wonder if it is a heat cycle? I am having her scanned for ovarian cysts and looking into hormones (although I have my qualms with regumate and would love to avoid!
what I know it’s not
- Being at a show - she was perfect at a show three weeks prior and got an amazing show
- Me being over faced. She was being ridden solely by the professional (to prep for fei four year olds) when this started happened. also she has never misbehaved when I ride her.
- Ulcers or leg/back lameness- she has been on ulcer guard and banimine to no success. She is extremely sound and athletic.
I worry it is medical because of her sudden change of demeanor. She went from being a sweetheart to being a little scary. She’s only 4 and it might be a phase. But has anyone had similar situations with a 4 year old friesian mare changing her personality over night? I’m very upset and miss her old personality any help is much appreciated.