Watch This Naughty Thoroughbred Mare Giving The Ponies A Run For Their Money!

This thoroughbred mare is giving all the naughty ponies out there a run for their money.  Why do you think she acts this way with her rider?  I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts in the comments. Share this on Facebook If you’ve ridden a horse this naughty!

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  1. Kathy

    This horse acts like she is fighting to get away from the rider’s hands. The head toss, buck, running side ways are evasive moves. My horse acted like this when I was too restrictive and tried to use too tight of running martingale. Suggestion: Work this horse in a surcingle with elastic reins to help with head set and collection before riding.More training will allow the rider to trust the horse and be able to use a softer hand.

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    • Venice

      The filming is not good , but the horse is not happy jumping just do flat work instead for awhile and just do poles later slowly … maybe he is just a dressage pony ….. pretty horse though ..

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    • Linda

      That is what I saw as well. If she is using a straight bit, she should try a snaffle bit instead. Don’t try to over-control the horse. Lighten up!!

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    • Hsdjvv

      the saddle probably doesn’t fit correct and the rider has to short of a hold on the reins

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    • Gretchen

      I think the bit is possibly wrong. When cued it seems like the horse is agitated at something. It might be a slight pull of the bit or the saddle not fitting well and when the rider leans forward to jump it pinches.

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  2. Cortney

    Though this rider has a Velcro-like seat, which is a great quality, it is important to look at what she is doing with her hands. This mare is fighting her because she is being way too heavy-handed. Imagine a piece of cold metal laid across your teeth, and having it jerked around? Has this mare had her teeth checked recently? This mare is doing the typical, “Ouch, you are hurting me, get the heck off my back” maneuver. If she is having a tug of war with her horse even at the walk, then she needs to stick to the walk and work on letting go of her horse’s mouth. Once a nice calm walk has been accomplished, move on to the trot, and so on and so forth. Jumping is such a bad idea in this case as well. The rider’s heavy hands are causing this mare to learn how to jump in a very hollow back, nervous manner. The mare is more focused on what the rider is doing to her mouth so when she is turned towards a jump, she tries to bail out. Understandably so. Quite frankly, having the caption for this video say “Have you ridden a horse this naughty?” is quite ignorant. The horse has been taught to fight with her rider.

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  3. Muddy

    I believe the girl doing rather good job stay on and I don’t blame her hands as in situation like that is really difficult to keep hands still or soft. I would say then her hands are pretty gentle and mare looks she have enough freedom in her head. I would suggest to let the mare check by Equine Vet or/and physiotherapist as there could be underlying issue. From this short video she looks more difficult at canter, in the corners, just after jumps or try refuse them. There could be lots of various reasons why she acting like that, would be nice to found out.

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  4. CLambe

    This is a pain issue – every time they as for an upward transition she negatively responds – she needs a chiro adjustment

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    • Jeri

      Couldn’t see the rider’s hands. Was it the same rider every time. Looks like the horse reacts only at a canter. Hope they ruled out a pain issue before they label it a naughty horse.

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  5. Sharon Cappony

    To me it looks as if the nose band is too tight and the mare is having trouble not having her head when she needs it . Loosen the nose band, relax the hands. Have her teeth been checked? Tossing her head and running sideways are escape moves… she can only be running from the pressure on her mouth and head would be my guess. I don’t think the horse is “naughty” at all…. I think she’s trying to communicate the only way she knows how and no one is listening !

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    • horsecyn

      Right on, she would never have had this headgear on at the track.
      She’s fighting it’s restraint on her.

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  6. anni

    check her teeth.. that’s classic of a pinched cheek.. also try a wider or rubber snaffle and forget about jumping until her flat work is acceptable.. or just do ground rails

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  7. Suzanne MG

    To start with the evasion of hands; the bit is practically mashed shut in the front molars. If this horse is 3 to 5, she may need her teeth checked and if you insist on setting the bit into her ears, then you will never have rein control just dull bars. Also, many people do not realize how much this can travel down the spine and create problems there. The rider looks like she has a good seat, however poor judgement in tack usage coupled with a possibility of being started too young do not help this situation.

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  8. Marianne

    Pain, something is wrong with its legs maybe hind end, you really see it at the very end of video where she stumbles. possibly stifle or hock. Definitely needs lameness exam.

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    • Melissa

      I agree. Her hock seems to “Pop” visibly there at the end as she is going over a ground pole.

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  9. Kellye

    Does she do this same behavior when you lope her and/or put her over jumps on the lunge line (without a rider)?

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  10. Wendy

    Let her have her face back! You don’t release her ever, how would you feel? Spend some time working on a real relationship, don’t just get on and go. Move onto a bit with tongue and bar relief, see how she feels. Maybe she is bored with ring work too, they are smart and need stimulation.

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  11. Raisa Stone

    This mare does not likely have sufficient turnout time, nor is she galloped on a daily basis. Horses were made to gallop in a straight line, for miles. Particularly TB’s. This mare needs to be galloped before having tight circles imposed on her. The flash clamping her mouth shut is further insult and frustration to her nature.

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  12. Jacig

    After a complete physical evaluation that turns out fine I would start back with ground work and gaining respect on the ground. Then have her tack evaluated, saddle fit and bit. If she behaves like this after that with different riders then perhaps she should become a broodmare before she hurts someone. Not every horse is fit mentally or physically to be a jumper, reiner, trail horse etc…find a different job for her.

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  13. Rebekah

    There could be a number of different reasons for this horse’s behavior from spookiness/unconfidence to boredom but I think it is most likely pain related. The saddle is too far forward and likely pressing down on the horse’s scapula (shoulder blades) so she can’t move her shoulders correctly and she could also have a sore back, ulcers, or teeth problems or the bit could be causing her pain in some other way. The rider certainly has good balance though, impressive she could stay on through that. I would be getting off if my horse did that though and have a thorough examination for pain and if there is no pain then play with some ground exercises until he/she was relaxed and connected.

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  14. Galacticness

    meh… teeth? it looks young – could be a loose cap… yeah riders hands could imporve but contact looks worse because of the resisting. Turning it doesn’t seem to like.. has the horse been vetted? It could be something tweaking in hind end too – stifle/hock??? Where’s your martingale????

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  15. Anonymous

    STOP TRYING TO JUMP HER …. PUT HER IN THE ROUND PEN AND START FROM THE BEGINING (AS IN FROM THE “GROUND” UP)

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  16. Hannah

    The rider should rule out pain and saddle fit. Some horses cant tolerate ill saddle fit or pain as others can. She should get out of the horses mouth also. No need to ride with that much pressure on the bit, even if you do ride English.

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  17. KElly

    i had a horse that did exactly this and he ended up having a hairline fracture of the cannon bone!

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  18. Samantha

    at first she had lost a stirrup when he became out of control. Also she is play to much in his mouth with the bit in his mouth. She needs to settle down in the seat and give less pressure with the reins, keep taunt and rest her hands on his neck applying a bit of pressure, just letting him know she is in control. Keep calm and balanced in her seat. Use her legs as pressure when turning and rein in conjunction with movements. If she knows he might act up turn him in opposite direct tight circle then approach again making sure to full control again.

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  19. equestrian57

    2 things: 1. I would lunge the horse to use up some of the friskiness, and 2. the rider needs to get out of her mouth!

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  20. Jen

    Poor, poor horse. Get rid of the flash, get rid of the bit, try leaving it’s poor mouth alone altogether, and do something far more fun for a while, and have someone check this poor animals back as well. Depressing video, and incredibly stupid to say it’s being naughty.

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  21. Rachel

    The horse seems to react when in canter. I’d definitely recommend getting its back and pelvis checked also saddle.

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  22. Shelley

    Ok an earlier video of this horse was Same yard, Same saddle, Same response, WITHOUT a rider the horse went ape sh….Hello… Chiro, Vet, Saddle all sounds like good advise to me. The back end get that checked and working first then work on the Front end. What bridle, What bit, (if any) etc etc beautiful looking horse heaps of potential. And a very competent rider.

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  23. Sandra Odell

    the rider needs to have a lighter contact on the horses mouth .The horse is trying to evade the bit look for wolf teeth but do have a softer contact

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  24. Melanie

    Slow down. Don’t let her trot. Walk for a while. Learn from the horse – she is telling you everything and you are not listening. She’s not a motorcycle. She is a loving horse. Give her to me for 30 days.

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  25. Victoria

    Pain. Swap out the bridle for bitless and see if you can rule out teeth. Diagnosing pain can be extremely difficult. Have a friend watch and take notes on what direction, speed and gait it most commonly occurs on

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