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    05-28-2011, 05:50 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Conditioning is the same as conditioning a human athlete. It's building the right muscles and stamina.
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    05-28-2011, 05:54 PM
  #12
Trained
Getting him in shape.

Just like you wouldn't spend a few months on the couch playing video games then go run a marathon, your horse needs to be physically fit to be able to run.

Starting slowly, you get him his muscles, tendons/ligaments, bones, and mind in shape so that he can use his body to it's best potential.
     
    05-28-2011, 06:30 PM
  #13
Trained
This is kinda like asking how you make a pro wrestler love gymnastics.

It's just whether or not the horse likes it or not.
     
    05-28-2011, 06:50 PM
  #14
Super Moderator
How can I get you to love doing mathematics, if you don't?
How can I get you to love digging ditches, if you don't?

Horses are no different from us. They may love one thing and not another. Getting a random horse assuming you can teach it to love something is chancy. You should look for a horse that has shown an aptitude for what you want to do, not the other way around.

For instance.....a client of mine went out and bought a beautiful grey TB in the hope it would become an event horse. Trouble was, he hated doing dressage. He loved jumping but got all cranky doing the dressage needed to show in events. Yes, I could have MADE the horse do it and he would have complied. But, he would never have the joy it takes to do it well. So, why waste my time making a horse unhappy?

I took him fox hunting one time, and I felt the horse come ALIVE! He was awesome in the field. I told the owner that he should either keep him as a field hunter only or sell him to someone at the hunt. We sold him to one of the whippers-in and he became one of the best horses in the hunt. And he was SO happy with his life.

Moral of the story? You can force a horse to do almost anything. But, unless their heart is in their work, they will never be happy and rarely be successful. Find something that your horse likes. If you don't like it, get him to someone who does.
     
    05-29-2011, 04:15 AM
  #15
Foal
Another thing that might be be useful if you horse feels like he's feeling bored, or said something like your horse will run one day but not the next. See if you can keep it interesting for him. He might be bored with it. Reward him if he does a good pattern, and then try something else easy, or fun :)
He might enjoy himself more.
     
    05-30-2011, 12:03 AM
  #16
Foal
All I can say is.... To get ny horses to really run you need to have someone go riding with you on a fast horse. Hold your horse back and have the other person take off! Wait till you can't see em then let your horse have its head and tell him to go. They are herd animals so they don't like being separated. Then after you get him to run for a week or two, reintroduce him to the pattern.:)
     
    05-30-2011, 01:43 AM
  #17
Foal
My Buttercup is just plain laaazy. Can run, just doesn't want to work.
     
    05-30-2011, 05:43 AM
  #18
Started
Is your horse a finished barrel horse? Meaning has he been trained and hauled enough to know what he's doing? How much experience do you have? If you have a finished horse, but lack experience yourself, he may be trying to take care of you. If he's not finished, and you don't have much experience, I would suggest finding a trainer or a finished horse. It's entirely possible that speed events are not what this horse is made for. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
PS A video might help give us some perspective, especially with the trotting turn thing.
     
    06-24-2011, 05:08 AM
  #19
Weanling
finding his balance and engaging the rear end

I totally agree with the posters that say you need to find something that your horse loves to do and let him excel at something that he shows an aptitude for. SPOT ON!

From what you described the first thing I'm thinking is it's a balance issue and possibly compounded by the horse not working from the hind end, or should I say without having his hind end muscles "engaged". To teach a horse to collect himself I normally lounge them in side reigns. That teaches them to bend and engage the hindquarters without the added burden of a rider. Horses especially in timed events really need to find their OWN balance before they can accept your weight and also they need to learn to BEND and Engage the hindquarters.
This is the same for ALL performance horses whether in English or western tack.
Good luck and let us know how it goes :)
     
    06-24-2011, 05:55 AM
  #20
Yearling
I have the same kinda problem. :S My boy loves running around in his paddock, bucking, rearing, fast as gallop etc.
But...He wont canter under saddle! We will be trying this weekend if our farrier comes to do the horses hooves, he's keen to try!
     

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