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post #11 of 13 Old 06-24-2011, 01:17 PM
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What about instead of riding him around the outside of the ring in the same pattern you do the exact opposite? What if you do serpentines through the middle of the ring and figure 8's across the ring not from one end to the other? What about working him on the hard stuff as close to the barn as you can get and then taking him to the far end of the ring for rest, praise and walking on a loose rein? Maybe even a treat or two but only at the far end of the ring? I bet this will help alot!
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post #12 of 13 Old 06-24-2011, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Ride the Sky - I think that's really good advice and worth a shot. I don't know what his deal is with the barn because he doesn't even actually LIVE in the barn - he stays in an outdoor paddock with a shed all the time. :roll:

It was a lot better today - horse did NOT want to be collected from his paddock and wanted to play a bunch of games with me in ankle-deep mud, and I thought "Oh, no..." But he only pulled one of his tricks, and it was the race-to-the-barn and poke-away-from-it.

My teacher has told me 1,000 times that I need to be one step ahead of him, but FINALLY that part of it came together. Playing catch-up and correction was causing TONS of problems - I was always either trying to fix the pace, fix my balance, and fix the diagonal (which I came off of while fixing the pace or my balance).

All of a sudden, it clicked and I realized "OH! I can't wait for him to monkey with the pace, I need to be delivering the unambiguous signal to keep the pace steady BEFORE he speeds up or slows down". So then I would just post slower and a little more heavily before I got to the place where he wants to gun it, and I'd lay on some leg and heel before I got to the place where he wants to slow down.

It worked like magic. Suddenly we had a consistent pace (well, more consistent, at least) and he fell into line. So, it's clear: he did this because he COULD. Once I got a step ahead of him, the monkey business came to a stop. We were Trotting Fools for the next 10 minutes. (It did help a LOT that he wasn't, well, horsing around as much, a combo bad rider/bad mount day on Monday).
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post #13 of 13 Old 06-24-2011, 04:23 PM
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That's fantastic! So glad to hear that! Yes we all do have bad days! And I find my mare tried to choose the pace quite often even on her better days lol It sounds like he went oh what the heck she can read my mind wow! I bet you he'll be much more willing and might even be easier to catch now! Good for you!
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