Looking find out about horse moods as teenagers
my mare is only 3..will be following comments 😊
Ride them through it 😂Just check them over with the dentist, osteo and physio to make sure it's not pain. If it isn't pain they will grow out of it
I had the same problem as Connor, my mare became really sensitive and unpredictable, around 6 years old.
My trainer had to help me, and it got better. But before that, I spent a few very difficult months...
I read this article that might help you: https://www.manitobacooperator.ca/2011/04/21/teenagers-including-horses-need-careful-handling/
Like Lily said before, it can start around 5 years old, for my horse it was when he reached his 6th year. He became really hard to work, would be very excited, always rushes...
In order to work properly, I had to lunge him before every training.
Luckily, it didn't last, he became more serene at 7 years old and now that he's 8, he's absolutely perfect!
Around 5 years old, horses become stronger with their adult morphology, and when they realize it, you can face some difficult moments 😉
It can last until they are 8 years old, but it really depends on each horse.
Some horses start their 'crisis' at 8 years old whereas some will never do it.
It depends on the lifestyle of the horse, his breaking, his education,...
To deal with it, I don't think you should change all your habits, it's better to have the same routine, to work just like you would do if he wasn't acting crazy sometime.
Hope it helps 🙂