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post #1 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question New to forum. Some questions?

Hi.(: I am new to the horse forum! I have 2 barrel horses(:
1. Scratch - a 4 year old Solid foundation bred paint. She has been doing barrels for 4 months now and I put all the training on her!
2. Scratch - a 11 year old FL cracker horse/Paint! She a past history of abuse and neglect and I have owned her for almost 2 Years now! She is getting better and better.
So my first question is , I was thinking about using a tiedown on scratch (4 year old) just for slow work off the pattern. I'm not really a big fan of tie downs and I normally don't use them unless needed. She breaks at her poll just not all the time. Opinions on this?
Second Queston . Are there any good drills for horses who anticipate?
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 04:41 PM
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Hi and welcome to the forum!

I wouldn't put a tie down on her, a tiedown is more of an aid than a training device. Once a horse gets used to it they start to rely on it. I would work more on training and getting her to give what you want before trying any kind of aid.

I started a really good thread you can check out for drills and exercises, a lot of other users have added other really good ideas too.. For a horse that anticipates your next moves..Change it up, don't stick with one thing over and over again. If she is anticipating your turn, go to the barrel and turn away from it, go by it..Just keep changing things up and make her think the whole time. Keep her listening to you.

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post #3 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thank you! That was very informative! I don't know much on tie downs since I never really use them! Thanks for replying (:
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 05:02 PM
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No problem! You're welcome. I use a tiedown when running but not every time I ride at home, I don't want any of my horses to have to rely on it. Tiedowns are a really nifty tool for a finished horse but I would just work on training with your young horse, most of the time those little issues can be fixed pretty easy.

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post #5 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks (:
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 06:59 PM
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...kind of off topic, but both of your horse's names are Scratch? Sorry, just wanted to verify lol They both sound like they're really pretty though!! Welcome to the Forum!

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post #7 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Lol sorry *Blushes*
Scratch & Tequila(:
I might of been thinking of scratch when I wrote tequilas thing lol
And thank you!(:
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 07:31 PM
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lol you're welcome! It's happened before at my house before... a few names were changed, but everyone has their own name now. Lol

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post #9 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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