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In winter, many horses seem to have excess energy. With the summer paddocks closed, they may also get less movement in their stalls or winter enclosures. When we then take them out to the arena, we may be faced with a level of energy that is difficult to handle. Other horses, on the other hand, have grown such a dense winter coat and have switched to energy conserving winter mode, that they don’t want to move an inch away from the hay pile.
In both cases, we may be facing a dilemma. We would like to give the horse some exercise but may not be able to handle them. One is too energetic to let him loose safely or handle him and the other just doesn’t accept the invitation.