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    01-13-2012, 08:57 PM
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Weanling
How much turn out time does she get?
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    01-14-2012, 12:42 AM
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I pay for one lesson a week but I also get several free ride days, because I work there on Saturdays. She gets very little turn out time as far as I know and she isn't ridden much, which is why I think lunging would help a little. I know it would make her more fit, but if I were to lunge her it wouldn't be to 'get rid of the crazy' or tire her out, it would be to give her some much-needed exercise so that she does not have to release all of her energy the moment someone gets on her back. But regardless, I have no control over that, so my opinion on the matter won't make much of a difference. :/

Eolith -- Yes, that may be partially it, and in that case it's a matter of time and patience (and you're right, not lunging). But at the same time she doesn't get a lot of exercise so I have a feeling it might be a mix of both.

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    01-14-2012, 08:43 AM
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Weanling
Turn out time can work miracles. We had a horse once that came from my trainer's friend's farm and she was convinced the horse was no good and crazy. We let him be turned out all night and he was the most pleasent horse to work with after that. Maybe just casually bring it up to your trainer?
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    01-14-2012, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by emeraldstar642    
I pay for one lesson a week but I also get several free ride days, because I work there on Saturdays. She gets very little turn out time as far as I know and she isn't ridden much, which is why I think lunging would help a little. I know it would make her more fit, but if I were to lunge her it wouldn't be to 'get rid of the crazy' or tire her out, it would be to give her some much-needed exercise so that she does not have to release all of her energy the moment someone gets on her back. But regardless, I have no control over that, so my opinion on the matter won't make much of a difference. :/

Eolith -- Yes, that may be partially it, and in that case it's a matter of time and patience (and you're right, not lunging). But at the same time she doesn't get a lot of exercise so I have a feeling it might be a mix of both.

Thanks for the replies, everyone! Keep 'em coming

Well I think it's really good saddle time, as long as you know how to ride these kind of horses.

I think lunging her for exercise and talking about turning about her out with your trainer are wonderful ideas.
     
    01-17-2012, 06:55 PM
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Turn out time can work miracles. We had a horse once that came from my trainer's friend's farm and she was convinced the horse was no good and crazy. We let him be turned out all night and he was the most pleasent horse to work with after that. Maybe just casually bring it up to your trainer?
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That horse needs to be a horse. Get it out of the box and let it relax mentally.

I bet you a solid week of turnout for as long as possible (24/7 would be ideal) and it will become more manageble.
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