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post #11 of 16 Old 04-20-2012, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Moei View Post
I have been working on patterning him and working up to the speed for 6months, i usually just lope the pattern at home and at shows usually a slow gallop or fast canter. i have gotten him to the point where he does give to the bit and will drop his head when asked. The only time he "spazz's" or loses focus is at shows and he will still listen but almost seems to forget what he's doing and totally gets off track, we don't normally have this problem at home it's only at shows, when he runs at home he never does that which confuses me?
sounds like to me there's too much going on at the show that he is interested in and acts that way. no tie down the only reason i use mine is bc at the end of the run he picks his head up ( arab ) and i kept getting hit in the face and mine is on really loose. i don't use it any other time. just keep taking him teach him to listen to you pay attention to you the tie down is most likely going to cause more issues then the one you have. and could really tick off your horse. hell get there just work thru it.

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post #12 of 16 Old 04-20-2012, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432 View Post
I think he's associated being at a show with being able to run. Maybe haul him to a few shows and just trot the pattern? I know that can be a pain because you want to show off what you can do but I think it could really be beneficial to him to go slow at a few shows.
this will also make him listen to you. he thinks hes going to get to run and your telling him no. this is a great idea in my opinion

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post #13 of 16 Old 04-20-2012, 12:22 PM
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I only used my tie-down for balance issues. As for the "spazzing" definately take to shows, but don't let him run, AT ALL. A lot of times, I would ask if I could "enter" the class, but not be included for times or anything. Sometimes I didn't even have to pay for the class. But that way, the horse would get used to being on deck, then in the hole which can also cause a lot of anticipation. My friends horse (when she first got it) would absolutely flip out when it was on deck, but the second they were in the hole, this horse would go into this ultra focused mind set.

I worked with a horse that I even backed the entire pattern with. That lasted twice before he got the point.

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post #14 of 16 Old 04-20-2012, 01:09 PM
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Use a tie down judiciously. I only used one on my QH, "Ro Go Bar" (1982-2009, RIP) at CW battles bc he would listen to aids but would throw his head. I was concerned that his head would hit my DH in the face. Never used a tie-down on him for general riding.
Every piece of equipment has it's place, but a tie-down is no substitute for re-training.
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post #15 of 16 Old 04-23-2012, 04:15 PM
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Maybe do a few weeks of just collection work. Walking and slow trotting and teaching him to break at the poll more.(:

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post #16 of 16 Old 05-02-2012, 07:39 AM
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I completely agree with all this advice. One thing I learned over the years with my mare is that you have to go to the problem, not wait for the problem to come to you. Because if you do, it will happen when you least expect it or want it and you may get hurt. Sounds like your horse needs to learn to control his emotions and WANT to be calm. How can he learn this if you don't practice it? I would recommend raising your energy at home. (Not while running your pattern!) But when you do, and he gets a little amped up, keep doing circles and working on softening his face and disengaging his hip. Then when he wants to relax, let him. Let it be his idea to find that comfort zone. Let that be his release. Just my opinion. I say it because I used to have a similar problem with my mare when she was young, now she's super calm and pays attention. Hope this makes sense and helps you out!!
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