Class is back!

This stunning 6 year old sorrel 14.1 hand mare was rescued from the feedlot in May 2006. She has been started under saddle and is available for adoption to the perfect home.

Class is back!

Postby Juliane on Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:28 am

Class did not work out with her adoptive family. While she was good under saddle for her young rider, she was obnoxious on the ground and had become very hot and anxious in her turn out paddock. She would pace back and forth when turned out and when left in her stall, she would threaten to jump out (and routinely did!). Her new owners simply couldn't figure out how to get Class to settle down, so they asked me to take her back.

Class was delivered to me at drill last night. She looks good health wise - a tad under weight, but it's mostly just anxiety weight I think. She was nervous and flighty when I unloaded her and immediately tried running me over as I led her to the trailer to tack her up. Yikes!

I tacked her up and took her into the arena where I decided to ride her in drill. Class had a whole slew of tricks up her sleeve and started throwing them my way. It took a full hour for her to settle in and really get to work, but for that hour, she bucked, she reared, she bolted, she grabbed the bit and yanked the reins from my hands. Oh my! It's a good thing she's small enough that I could man-handle her. I was never really scared during her pranks, though they did piss me off! LOL I haven't been angry with a horse in a long time.

I was pleased with how she was by the end of the night - it's clear that she just needs some major re-schooling. However, when I got home last night, I saw an email from the previous owner - they have been feeding her 2 flakes of alfalfa and 1 large scoop of wet cob morning and night. So - I think her feeding program may also have had a alot to do with her crazy behavior. When she was with me, she was always on orchard grass or timothy only and hay pellets or strategy gx for grain. I never gave her anything 'hot'.

So - my back is killing me today - one of those bucks really got me. Stinker! She will be worked with as much as possible and hopefully ready for adoption asap - though I don't think she's ready to be a kids horse. Sorry, I didn't get pictures - last night was crazy and hectic! Will get pics of her asap!

I could use help from everyone regarding the horses I have right now. I obviously have horses coming out my ears and have too many. I need help in getting some placed immediately. Zoe is very ready for a new home. Shakirah could also be placed with an experienced rider. If anyone knows anyone looking for a horse, please send them my way! :)
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Postby myhorsefaith on Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:38 pm

Classface! What a stinker!!!

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Postby maximus on Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:04 pm

Yikes! That feeding schedule would have my old mare trying to head for the hills. :lol: It sure will be interesting to see if she calms down with different feed and some reschooling.
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Postby cat_67 on Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:22 pm

I worked with Little Miss Attitude a bit tonight and yes, she has definitely regressed in a major way. We have the attention span of a gnat combined with the energy level of a freshly OTTB! (And she wasn't a lazy pony before!) So all I did tonight was longe with tack on and then I was VERY mean and made her stand and wait while I had a chat with a friend. She started out thinking she was going to bang her head into me during this exercise to show her annoyance. She learned that was not such a good idea as I am not a small child and will bang back. :D

I think she'll be fine in a week. I feel like she is freshly in rehab and coming down from the alfalfa/wet cob "crack!"
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Postby stardreams on Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:27 pm

I can't help but giggle in shockness reading this thread. Class was always so sweet! OMG she sounds like a child FLYING from a very heavy sugar fix!! I look forward to reading about her progress as she comes back down to earth from playing trampoline on the clouds :P
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Postby myhorsefaith on Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:07 am

When Class was at Red Barn I was giving her about 1.5 lbs of LMF Lo Carb Stage 1, with a vitamin and a handful or 2 of black oil sunflower seeds. She was fed orchard grass. She also got the late summer pasture- though there wasn't much to munch on by then.

Heheh I can totally picture Miss ClassFace on fire! :twisted: :roll:

Can't wait to see when she's adjusted back to her normal, safe, fun self!!
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Postby busted on Sat Mar 22, 2008 2:20 pm

If I didnt have Mr Joey, I would offer a spot for one at my barn, but they wouldnt get worked regularly. I only get out there on weekends now a days. I have been working full time from about 2pm to 11pm just so I can show them I really want a full time job at a school. So that leaves me with no time for the ponies, but extra money coming in...

I hope you are able to work something out... And that Miss Class gets her act back in gear....
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