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        06-17-2008, 08:43 PM
      #11
    Foal
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        06-17-2008, 09:23 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Glad you are already seeing improvement. I was going to say the same as most of the posters. I would disagree with the lunging -- more exercise will give more muscle and you'd just have to lunge longer and longer each time. You need the attention and give from her. Congrats!
         
        06-19-2008, 08:39 PM
      #13
    Trained
    With ottbs the less pressure you can have with their mouth the better. Any one of them will up the pace when you pick up the reins. Even my tb does and she never even raced lol

    Try getting into some groundwork and teaching her voice commands. Even though you can't use them in the ring they become a valuable back up when training an ottb IMO.

    Half halts, 20m circles, trot poles etc lots of work on these will help make her more supple and responsive.
         
        06-22-2008, 03:20 PM
      #14
    Foal
    In walk try squeezing your bum muscles together to slow her down.
    In trot try slowing your rising down and half halting by slowing your rising and keeping your leg there to have the energy there.
    Circles turns and doing school moveents might help!
    It sounds like she is very sensitive in the mouth and responds more to your body more than your reins.
         
        06-22-2008, 11:21 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Bring her head down.

    Ask her to bring her head down and when she does reward her..
    This helps with my gelding.. because he can get really forward.
    Work on that, long and low and when she brings her head down ask for her to round her back and work from behind more!! She'll get a good work out from it, Also if you are rising fast with her and tensing try to slow your rising down and control her gait with your seat.

    =]
         
        06-23-2008, 01:07 AM
      #16
    Showing
    I haven't read the posts already on here so my apology if this has already been said but lunging might be a good idea. It sounds like that mare is very athletic and getting rid of some of that energy might be a good idea. Keep her busy, throw some trot poles, some little raised poles. Get her working and using that energy into a good training session for the both of you.
         
        06-23-2008, 01:15 AM
      #17
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by My2Geldings
    I haven't read the posts already on here so my apology if this has already been said but lunging might be a good idea. It sounds like that mare is very athletic and getting rid of some of that energy might be a good idea. Keep her busy, throw some trot poles, some little raised poles. Get her working and using that energy into a good training session for the both of you.
    I heard lunging horses makes them more 'hyped' or something.
    I wouldn't introduce trot poles or anything it might spark her up a bit and make her more go-y and you don't want that.

    If you start quiet and relaxed and do the bringing head down there it might work for her, it does for my boy.
         
        06-23-2008, 06:22 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by *ArabianPrincess*
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by My2Geldings
    I haven't read the posts already on here so my apology if this has already been said but lunging might be a good idea. It sounds like that mare is very athletic and getting rid of some of that energy might be a good idea. Keep her busy, throw some trot poles, some little raised poles. Get her working and using that energy into a good training session for the both of you.
    I heard lunging horses makes them more 'hyped' or something.
    I wouldn't introduce trot poles or anything it might spark her up a bit and make her more go-y and you don't want that.

    If you start quiet and relaxed and do the bringing head down there it might work for her, it does for my boy.
    never have I heard that lunging horses hypes them up more. Its widely used as both a training and settling tool. Many valuable things can also be learnt from lunging type groundwork.

    I also don't believe that trot poles are going to hype them up either. When im having trouble with my wb I run him over the poles for a while. He has to concentrate and focus so he puts his head down and listens more intently. It also slows him down when he is one of those 'ive got my head up in the air and im NOT listening' type of moods. Did the same thing with my arab years ago and it only gets good results.

    To the OP - you do need to get her quiet and relaxed but I think at this stage doing it in the saddle isnt the best way. Work with her on the ground, lunging with side reins, lunging with a training type device like the pessoa, ground driving, yielding etc etc working from the ground will get you more leverage in the saddle. Its also a good way to bond with your horse. What she learns on the ground can then be transferred over to the saddle. Im not saying do only groundwork but I would make it a major part of her training regime at the moment

    Also, she is an ex-racehorse so she wont really have been broken in very well. Its nothing against her its just that breaking a horse to race is a lot different to 'finishing' a pleasure/english/western or whatever horse. Hence why I suggested going back to basics and start from the ground up :)
         
        06-23-2008, 09:37 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I agree with the former post. And this is just a tip if nothing else works... lol it sounds ridiculous, but if you make a little nose bag thingy out of pantyhose and use it when you ride it might help. I know a trainer who owns an ex-racer who's a school horse and she tried everything for him to stay calm and this random man told her to try a stocking... so she did and he's great. It sure makes him look silly, but I dunno... if you're desperate enough? Lol
         
        06-23-2008, 09:56 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    I was just going on how my horse is and some of the others I have worked with.

    Trot poles Make them more Excited, not tired.
    Lunging hypes the horses I WORKED with up.. So just doing some ground work before you ride helps A LOT.. It has with me.

    But these are my methods I don't go on what other 'trainers' use most the time.

    Let us know how you go.
         

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