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    12-29-2012, 04:15 PM
horse becoming unresponsive after one day of riding

I ride my loan horse on saturday out on a hack and its a really fun ride :) she'll canter when she's asked and stop when she's asked. She's jump over the little log things and she enjoys it as much as me! On sunday when I take her out, she doesn't canter when asked and if she does, it takes more that a squeeze and a 'canter on' and its quite a slow one compared to our 'saturday canters'. She's fine in trot its just canter I struggle with. We do go to the same place every time but I could go somewhere different when our sunny sunny england weather improves as the other bridle path is too muddy to trot or canter up and I feel its a waste to walk for 45 minutes up to a big field, canter, then walk back for 45 minutes :L we have an areana but its a bit water logged at the moment so can't use that. I can't reallyyy go the opersite way as we go down the bridle path, turn around and go back the way we came, turning off half way. Today she was unresponsive as well as I rode on thursday so I was doing halt walk and trot excersizes down the bridlepath but I was wondering if there's anything else I can do to get her a bit more responsive? Thanks
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    12-29-2012, 04:29 PM
So its only on the Sunday rides that she gets like this? Could she be tired from all the work on the Saturday? What's her fitness level like? Also she could get bored of the same routine? I try not to expect to do the same as I did the day before - especially after a big ride.
Also don't underestimate the walk. 45 mins of walking can be beneficial to her and yourself. There are so many exercises you can do to improve the walk and quality of her suppleness etc.
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    12-29-2012, 04:39 PM
Well, she wņs like that t”day and I rode on thursday. I used to think that she was just tired but now I'm not so sure as she's had a days rest. Her fitness level I'm not so sure.... I know that she quite happily gallops and jumps about a foot at the moment without problam or panting, though I'm 99% sure she used to do showjumping and cross country. I ride her for around an hour twice a week every week since november when I started sharing her but I don't know what her work was before that? So I don't know. And its an hour and a half of walking. I actually really want to but as I'm 13 and I haven't had her long, my mum comes with me and she's quite against the idea at the moment. We do about 20 minutes of walking before we get onto the bridle paths, sometimes longer and then another 15 minutes inbetween canters + trots.
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    12-29-2012, 04:53 PM
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How old is this horse?

Try this:

On Sat. Walk only. On Sunday ask for canters and see if she is equally as reluctant to move on.
    12-29-2012, 04:54 PM
She's 13 and I will!
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    12-29-2012, 05:04 PM
Green Broke
Do you ride at a different time of day on Sunday than you do on Saturday? I know my horses have certain times of day that they are more sluggish or more resistant to learning.
    12-29-2012, 05:13 PM
Yeh, give or take 20 minutes
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    12-30-2012, 06:05 AM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
how old is this horse?

Try this:

On Sat. Walk only. On Sunday ask for canters and see if she is equally as reluctant to move on.
I didn't ride last saturday and on sunday she went like the wind!! Literally. She went sososo fast!! I don't know if that prooves anything?
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