Spooky silly baby - your votes please??!

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My rising 5 year old has been with me for 2.5 months now - he started off as the best-behaved most amazing youngster I have ever known; very calm, mostly unspooky, and a real trier. He's still gorgeous but has definitely figured out how to spook, he is now fitter, full of spring grass and I think is trying it on to see what he can get away with! Rode last night and had a few impressive swoops across the school every time the wind blew...

I'm not especially bothered - I haven't come off, he doesn't scare me and he still settles to work eventually.

But my question is, given that in the last week or so he has been quite hard work, do I give him a couple of weeks in the field or push on through and keep working him?

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I've had the same thing with my 5 year old, I cut all his hard feed out and swapped his haylage to hay and he's a different horse now - I'm actually thinking of re-introducing some hard feed again
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You said the answer in your question, spring grass etc. This time of year horses become a lot more alert in there characters. They are feeling good and this can reflect in sharper reactions (spooking). It's like what widget_99 said take a look at what he's being fed & try and cut back on hard feed/ or anything heating.
 

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I was quite relieved to read this post of my just 5 year old has been behaving like a complete yob recently - either trying to rush off, spooking, bucking, etc - having been an angelic four year old.

He has recently been switched over to being out at night and only in for a few hours during the day and is already behaving better. Good luck with yours.
 

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Thanks for the replies, glad it isn't just me! I have just cut his food and am hoping to switch them over to being out at night this weekend - hopefully I will get rid of his psycho side! If that fails, does anyone want a small grey lunatic?

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He has recently been switched over to being out at night and only in for a few hours during the day and is already behaving better.

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My boy went out for the first time all night last night and I've had a text this morning when he came in from the YO to say he's very sleepy
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yup my mums in much better out 24hours, its hard work having to look after yourself, you never know what might come along!
 

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Well exactly! I can't blame him for being terrified of the horse-eating rabbits, and the bluebells that are well-known for biting you in the leg, not to mention the fact that your own shadow keep CHASING YOU EVERYWHERE.....AARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!
 

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*whispers I have a welsh who is 16 and still terrified*

1) lambs that travel round like gangs of hoodys are def to be avoided.

2) weeds/any plants that have changed since he last saw them ie, got bigger, grown flowers, mum cut them down in the field etc etc.

3)BIRDS I am sure he has seen the film too many times

4)the bench which has been there for the last 4 years

5) unattended bicycles mopeds etc that weren't there last time he was out

6)pushchairs/electric scooters. terrifying unless said small person is likely to stop and offer you something or to stroke your nose then they are fine!

7) spots of sunlight in the indoor school

8) bins (that are there every thursday however he will happily follow the bin/recycling lorry round on its route- will also follow the tractor and hedge trimmer, obviously getting its own back on those scary plants)



we thankfully have no rabbits. and he loves his own reflection so mirrors are fine. and take him away from home anywhere and he is 100x better and rarely looks at anything!! Its called character apparently.- am sure there are more!
 

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*whispers I have a welsh who is 16 and still terrified*

1) lambs that travel round like gangs of hoodys are def to be avoided.

2) weeds/any plants that have changed since he last saw them ie, got bigger, grown flowers, mum cut them down in the field etc etc.

3)BIRDS I am sure he has seen the film too many times

4)the bench which has been there for the last 4 years

5) unattended bicycles mopeds etc that weren't there last time he was out

6)pushchairs/electric scooters. terrifying unless said small person is likely to stop and offer you something or to stroke your nose then they are fine!

7) spots of sunlight in the indoor school

8) bins (that are there every thursday however he will happily follow the bin/recycling lorry round on its route- will also follow the tractor and hedge trimmer, obviously getting its own back on those scary plants)



we thankfully have no rabbits. and he loves his own reflection so mirrors are fine. and take him away from home anywhere and he is 100x better and rarely looks at anything!! Its called character apparently.- am sure there are more!

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he he LOVE IT !!! I have a 14yo like this
 

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glad to hear I am not alone! he makes up for it though. Is 100% trustworthy with any small people or novices, just think they like to keep things interesting for you, who'd ever think I would just want a relaxing ride. Nice and windy here today so well looking forward to a hack later!
 
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