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    11-23-2011, 05:13 AM
  #1
Green Broke
Fidgeting in a halt??

Okay guys ;D

Help time.

Duffy has come on in leaps and bounds, but like I've said before I'm new to this youngster business, only ever having ridden school masters before.

She stands on the ground, when I mount etc, no problems.
However, I have noticed a funny little quirk of hers! On a long rein if I'm taking her excercise sheet off or taking my jacket off she stands no problems.

If I am riding walk/trot and ask for halt, she halts beautifully. I keep my lower leg on, and give slightly with reins. Still contact, but my trainer says give them as reward. She will stand for around 3-4 seconds before she starts fidgeting. But not body or feet. Oh no. Head. She turns and nibbles my boots ( I once accidently kicked because I didn't reliase and felt teeth, not too hard, and it only stopped her for a little bit), she'll wipe her nose along the side of the school, sneeze, watch what everyone else is doing, sigh... I'm like get a grip Duffy haha!

Any tips? I know she's young, and concetration, but I like my leather boots ;D
     
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    11-23-2011, 06:41 AM
  #2
Banned
Why is she doing it? It could be because she wants to 'go, go, go'. It could be a negative thing and because of frustration especially if she's blowing out through the nostrils. It could be a little test. Too hard to say the route cause of it because we can't see what's going on and what you are actually doing.
Either way if you don't like it, just keep your hands still until she feels pressure on the side of her mouth when she turns/moves her head to the side.
     
    11-23-2011, 07:17 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Hey confiscus, I did think about is she doing it through ARGH or not, but she's quite relaxed.. I would say its almost inquisitive, and its as though she enjoys doing it ;D

I would prefer her to stand still as when I do get round to comepting her next year, I don't think me halting on X and the horse slobbering on my nice shiny boots is in the test haha!

I could see if I can film it? This weekend is a bit awkward mind you as I have family visiting.

She isn't so much 'go go go' either, she enjoys her work, and she isn't pushed overly hard, but she'd much rather be eating!

It may be a test, it makes my friends die of laughter... even though it was funny the first time, and I have tried to correct it with leg pressure, sitting even deeper, and keeping my hands still or taking up a bit more contact, she just appears to ignore the lot!
     
    11-23-2011, 10:54 AM
  #4
Banned
Walk...halt 5 seconds...walk halt 10 seconds... walk halt 5-10 seconds ..walk halt 15 seconds. Then forget about it. 10-20 minutes repeat.
Wallaby likes this.
     
    11-23-2011, 10:59 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Tried this, if anything she got worse with the fidgeting. I try and incorporate halt, rein back, halt, walk on. Totting a 20/10m circle and one I reach the track again, halting. She halts beautifully, its just this persistent fidget she seems to do, I honestly have no idea why, or if she has been allowed to do it and is now teting me.. if she is, maybe I need to crack down on it more?

Its like she can count too.. three seconds brill, anything over that, and we have the girraffe hors trying to see how long her neck stretches ;D
     
    11-23-2011, 11:16 AM
  #6
Banned
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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
Tried this, if anything she got worse with the fidgeting. I try and incorporate halt, rein back, halt, walk on. Totting a 20/10m circle and one I reach the track again, halting. She halts beautifully, its just this persistent fidget she seems to do, I honestly have no idea why, or if she has been allowed to do it and is now teting me.. if she is, maybe I need to crack down on it more?

Its like she can count too.. three seconds brill, anything over that, and we have the girraffe hors trying to see how long her neck stretches ;D
You have to be patient. I had a horse just like this. Did what I advised you to do and yes it would get worse...in the beginning. I allowed one step forward but no more. Only ever asked 3 times max. Then did something else that had nothing to do with halts. Came back to it about a half hour later. It was in every ride for 3 weeks. By the third week the expectation was there and the acceptance also.

From there I asked here and there with no regularity and the halt was there for pretty much as long as I wanted it.
     
    11-23-2011, 11:52 AM
  #7
Banned
Spyder - I like your signature! Good answer in your quote. I might have to steal that for future reference...
     
    11-24-2011, 09:32 PM
  #8
Weanling
Spyrder, does the method you described also work for horses who fidget with the bit at the halt?
     
    11-24-2011, 10:24 PM
  #9
Banned
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Originally Posted by Lonannuniel    
spyrder, does the method you described also work for horses who fidget with the bit at the halt?
It should.

The point being that you recognize their anxiety but do not give in to it completely. There is an "out" but also a consequence after.
     
    11-25-2011, 12:00 AM
  #10
Foal
Ok, she has to understand that you giving her the reins is a reward. If she starts doing whatever you don't want her to do, pick up the reins. As soon as she stops fidgiting, drop them again. And so on. Don't forget that during the test, yes you put the reins in one hand, but you still have a contact. Does she move around when you have a light contact? If not, you should be ok.
     

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