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        04-16-2012, 10:52 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    I'll look into that CLaPorte.. I'm just one that refuses to resort to the bicycle chain mouth piece and a shot of tranq to be able to show my horse.. That's NOT going to happen.

    I'm not even a big fan of calming supplements..I just think that you can work around those issues.

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        04-16-2012, 10:53 PM
      #22
    Trained
    It really just sounds like if you find a bit that she is really happy/comfortable in and then take it slow and keep her comfortable, you should be able to bring her back. Not going to be a quick fix by any means, but then you know that.
         
        04-16-2012, 10:58 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NdAppy    
    It really just sounds like if you find a bit that she is really happy/comfortable in and then take it slow and keep her comfortable, you should be able to bring her back. Not going to be a quick fix by any means, but then you know that.
    Exactly, and I'm fine with that.. It's not like I'm not doing very well on Nikki and that I am in need of another horse..
         
        04-17-2012, 07:36 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    I'm sorry I can't really offer any advice, other than to just try to stay patient (as you have been) and not to give up on your sweet girl.
         
        04-17-2012, 07:54 AM
      #25
    Green Broke
    I found out the hard way when riding Duffy she had been beaten, and I had no idea. I used a dressage whip and just brushed her with it and I have no idea how I stayed on. Previous owner beat her with it.

    Small steps will get you there, I have no training advice other than using vocal praise with her to encourage her in what she's doing. It'l take time, but it takes longer to heal the scars than produce them.

    Best of luck, I'm hoping it works out for you.

    Also, I used bachs rescue remedy on a very nervous gelding once, few drops in their water- all natural. Worked a dream, might be worth looking in to!
         
        04-17-2012, 01:20 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    Yeah maybe you should sel trade give her to someone who wants this problem and find a horse that you don't have to mess with this much. Theres people out there that love fixing the broken even if its not fixing them back to what they used to be but making them a horse worth having. Trust me im one.
         
        04-17-2012, 01:30 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by greenbryerfarms    
    yeah maybe you should sel trade give her to someone who wants this problem and find a horse that you don't have to mess with this much. Theres people out there that love fixing the broken even if its not fixing them back to what they used to be but making them a horse worth having. Trust me im one.
    I understand where you're coming from, but it's not like she's my only horse. I have two other horses.. My other mare is my main horse and who I am showing this year and doing very well on... I took Lark on as a project horse and am trying to bring her back around.. I don't see it as a "problem" or Lark as a problem horse, just as an issue that will get better with work and time. She's too good of a horse in other areas to just sell or trade...If anything else I know she's an amazing trail horse and babysitter, she also has great bloodlines, is a great mom, and has produced two great foals that are now being started and beginning their careers off great. ..So it's not like she's just "another horse", if she ends up not ever running barrels again, I know that I tried with her..and I plan on breeding her in the future because she IS proven, has the bloodlines, and has already shown that she produces really good offspring..
         
        04-17-2012, 01:48 PM
      #28
    Weanling
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    That's great! I didnt know you was such a person! Im glad she's in a forever home with someone who loves her no matter what have you tryed just restarting from the begining? I read something in a magazine about a barrel horse with a bad past that got retrained to take the right barrel first and it like "reset" the horse? I don't know much about it but they made nationals 3 years in a row!
    And the horse now runs the left first.
         
        04-17-2012, 02:08 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Thanks, yeah, she's definitely got a home with me..running barrels or not.. Since November we've just been taking things slow, I've taken her to different arenas a few times but never really pushed her for her full potential.. Since the show in late March I'm just taking it easy on her, we haven't done any barrel work in three weeks now. If I do take her to the show this weekend she'll just trot the pattern or lope at the fastest, ONLY IF, she wants to.. I'm not going to do anything that makes her uncomfortable, just let her coast through it and figure it out for herself that I'm going to let her work and stay out of her way and not snatch on her and whip her..
         
        04-18-2012, 11:18 AM
      #30
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
    Thanks, yeah, she's definitely got a home with me..running barrels or not.. Since November we've just been taking things slow, I've taken her to different arenas a few times but never really pushed her for her full potential.. Since the show in late March I'm just taking it easy on her, we haven't done any barrel work in three weeks now. If I do take her to the show this weekend she'll just trot the pattern or lope at the fastest, ONLY IF, she wants to.. I'm not going to do anything that makes her uncomfortable, just let her coast through it and figure it out for herself that I'm going to let her work and stay out of her way and not snatch on her and whip her..
    let us know how she does!!
         

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