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        09-08-2012, 02:10 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Agreed with above. Recently I heard a tv trainer say that you cannot punish a horse, like you can punish a dog and get the result you want. You CAN, however, keep asking until you wear your horse down, then give an immediate reward, like walk one time around the arena and dismount. I know this bc I own 2 gaited (KMH's) horses who never want to walk down a trail or anywhere else. It's just in their nature to amble fast everywhere. I kept asking my 6yo gelding to walk instead, and he finally understood that I want miles at a walk at my descretion. I have also, in the past, jumped, trained English and dabbled in Dressage, so it isn't a trail rider thing I've talking about. Even bossy horses want to follow a leader.
    Just keep doing it, and you will get the result you want, but it will be on your horse's timetable, and not yours.
         
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        09-08-2012, 02:46 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Thank you so much everyone. Everything said makes sense and I will try it all. I'll let you know at the end of the week to see if we have made any progress with these ideas. If anyone thinks of anything else, feel free to share.

    Thank you again for your time and concern!
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        09-08-2012, 03:17 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Long ago I knew a horse like yours. For some reason, when his rider pushed down on his withers with her knuckles (her hands holding the reins of course) he'd quiet down. She taught him to walk with a loose rein that way.

    He didn't like to trot, but would do this tiny canter. One day my sister and I taught him to trot: I was on him, and we'd trot about 2 fence-post-lengths, and there stood my sister with carrots. We all had a lot of fun, and after that, he would trot! (To this day I don't know why we were allowed to play with this horse. He really was quite difficult.)
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        09-08-2012, 03:20 PM
      #14
    Foal
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    (To this day I don't know why we were allowed to play with this horse. He really was quite difficult.)
    Lmao I grew up riding my Momma's mare who was by no means a kid horse. I completely get what you mean!!
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        09-14-2012, 07:43 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Not sure if anyone is still following this or not, but we have had success these past few days.

    I realized that everything she was doing was simply her being arena sour, but in a different way. Yesterday we spent an hour and a half just riding bareback through the pastures and arena and I finally felt her relax. She keot trying to go in the beginning, but once she realized we were just going for a ride, I had a much more relaxed pony.

    Whenever she would randomly pick up the trot, I did do circles like suggested and they did help to calm her down so thank you for the idea!

    I had a lesson this morning with a level 4 parelli instructor in hopes to learn some insights in helping Karma, and I was able to relax her even more with the help of the instructor. We are going to be doing things a lot more different now and I am going to have a much happier and more relaxed pony.

    Thank you again everyone for your time!
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        09-15-2012, 11:38 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Same problem :(
         
        09-15-2012, 11:42 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Is it your personal horse? Where do you ride and what do you do?
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        09-15-2012, 11:45 PM
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Beling    
    Long ago I knew a horse like yours. For some reason, when his rider pushed down on his withers with her knuckles (her hands holding the reins of course) he'd quiet down. She taught him to walk with a loose rein that way.

    He didn't like to trot, but would do this tiny canter. One day my sister and I taught him to trot: I was on him, and we'd trot about 2 fence-post-lengths, and there stood my sister with carrots. We all had a lot of fun, and after that, he would trot! (To this day I don't know why we were allowed to play with this horse. He really was quite difficult.)

    My lease horse loves to have me ride with my knuckles pressed on either side of his withers. He lowers his head and walks like a tired ol' cowpony.
    I think it massages his shoulder muscles. Since horses's shoulders are not actually connected to the spine, but kind of "float" in a structure of muscles, then it must be nice to have them massaged. Also, I think horses have some kind of automatic inborn calming mechanism with being "grabbed" by the wither, don't they? Doesn't a stallion sometimes grab the mare there to quiet her when breeding? Or am I wrong on that?
         
        09-15-2012, 11:47 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Personal horse, I ride just for fun on farms and stuff, but its becoming not very fun D:
         
        09-15-2012, 11:56 PM
      #20
    Started
    I use the circle method with my horses, but first, I teach them to relax with circles. I keep the nose tipped inside, just enough inside leg to keep the bend, and just enough outside leg to make the circles smaller.

    I keep making the circles smaller until the horse stops, then let it stand for a few minutes. I do this a couple of times during every ride on my green horses. When I need yo use ot, they know what to expect, and I can feel the tension slipping away as they slow down.
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