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post #11 of 12 Old 03-19-2013, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
that's right, you were around for the bucking, rearing, loss of brakes, running me into fences, almost running over judges...

Proof that it's possible with most horses deemed as "problems" to mature and find their niche.
It truly is possible! Just takes patience, determination, and understanding.

All of which I can see reflected in your ride :)

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-19-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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I think taking a risk was a huge factor with her. I spent so long getting after her for speeding up, reprimanding her for everything she did that was dangerous, but in reality all I had to do was let her. It went against everything I'd ever been taught. You get after a horse like her when she's genuinely mad, you're going to get hurt. The more I started ignoring her attempt at drama, the more relaxed she became and eventually just stopped doing it altogether.

Sure, every now and then she might throw out a little buck or a crowhop, but it's not threatening. It's not huge, it's just a little attitude and it goes away. I never thought I'd trust her enough to do this. I never thought we'd be running barrels. I never thought hyping her up and letting her run would be the thing that sorted out her problems.

She was just too bored, too bound up trying to be a reiner, and needed to have fun and enjoy her job. And that improved our reining and equitation patterns as well.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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