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post #1 of 12 Old 04-25-2012, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hi,
I have a Standardbred Mare who is 15.2hh and is 11yo.
Me not being the most conifedent rider, she is making me quite upset after riding her.
As she yanks the reins out of my hands, and starts to trot away and is difficult to stop.
Which I make me quite scared.
I ride her in a 1 acre paddockbut have an area made to ride her in, yet she still snatches the reins out of my hands and runs off.

I am lost..
Is there anyone that can help me? Please.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-25-2012, 09:15 AM
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She knows you are afraid. She is testing you. You need to make her mind you or she is only going to get worse.

How are her ground manners? Do you work with her to make you mind then? Are you taking lessons? Do you have someone who can work with you?

Now, I am by NO means an expert and just learning myself but, how is she getting the reins from you? Do you wear gloves? Maybe you should if you aren't. That would give you more purchase on the reins if they are a bit slippery. Tighten up your grip on them and don't let her do it. I don't know if a one rein stop is used in English riding or not, but when my girl starts misbehaving I use this on her to make her concentrate on ME!

Hopefully more experienced people will respond and help you.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-25-2012, 03:43 PM
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Karlie,
I have some sympathy for your position, you appear to have ownership of a horse which has no respect for you and this can prove to be a dangerous scenario if you don't soon get some help from an experienced horse handler/rider. However the Internet is not the appropriate medium to advise you what to do in such circumstances. You need 'on the ground' help from a local professional rider/horse trainer.

Some of us might guess at what is going wrong between you and your horse but the advice given could easily be wrong in the circumstances.

Please go look for a local registered and qualified horse AND rider trainer. Ask in the local riding club as to who is the best in your area and be prepared to pay for an initial assessment of you and your horse's problemS.

As an inexperienced rider sitting in the saddle you can't see what the trainer can see watching you and your horse from the centre of the arena. That's a fact.

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post #4 of 12 Old 04-25-2012, 04:18 PM
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I agree that getting some hands on help is the way to go.

It would take a really strong pull from a horse to get the reins out of my hand! Knowing that she is going to pull them out of your hand when you get off, be ready.

Get off, then if you see her start to get really stiff in her body, you know that she is gettting ready to do this. You do it first! You give the reins a good jerk downward and tell her to "smarten up!" or "ah!" anything you wish to say, but get her attention on you. If she pulls back, snap the reins down again. And if you are able to, make her move her hindquarters over sideways.

I think that as a beginner, it's really hard to explain over the internet how to do these things, so , it would be best if you had a more experienced person to help you .
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I don't know if a one rein stop is used in English riding or not
Yes, it is.

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but when my girl starts misbehaving I use this on her to make her concentrate on ME!
That's not what we use it for. Unless your horse is running away with you a one rein stop is an inappropriate aid.
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This is the one time that I do say that it's alright to pop the horse in the mouth. I DO NOT tolerate my horse trying to take the reins from me.

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post #7 of 12 Old 04-25-2012, 04:46 PM
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Since she's trying to be the boss and get out of listening to you I suggest when she does this you pull her in to a small circle and kick her - making her go fast in s small circle. She'll soon get tired of having to work.

If you are not confident to trot then enough when she does this: with one hand grab the mane and keep the rein on that side. With the other rein jerk the rein straight up in the air and immediately release. I prefer the first method cause using this one could cause the mare to rear - and I just don't know your horse at all so I have no idea.

You could also get a very good rider to ride her and see what that rider does to fix the issue.

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Yes, it is.


That's not what we use it for. Unless your horse is running away with you a one rein stop is an inappropriate aid.

I think she means that she brings the horse back into a disengagement of the hindquarters, which is commonly used to get the horse to start thinking back to the rider.
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I think she means that she brings the horse back into a disengagement of the hindquarters, which is commonly used to get the horse to start thinking back to the rider.
There's no need to use a harsh aid like a one rein stop to get the horse's attention. If I want hind end disengagement a twist of my shoulders + inside leg into outside rein gets it done.

When my horse tries to snatch my reins I simply make my hands and abs three concrete blocks. She runs right into them and realizes I don't want that.

When I need her attention, half halts work just fine 99% of the time. The other 1% is reserved for a tap with the whip.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-25-2012, 07:17 PM
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No method we suggest here on the internet is going to get the results you want karlie. Sorry. Your horse & you need some instruction & help dealing with this problem in person, that means lessons which will be a lot of fun for you, I guarantee it!
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