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post #11 of 27 Old 12-14-2010, 05:11 AM
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Get him out hunting when he is ready its sooo helpful for crosscountry. How many horse and rider combos have problems with ditches out and water out cross country is shocking if they had takent eh time to out a few miles if hunting on the horse these problems wouldnt exist,

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post #12 of 27 Old 12-14-2010, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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There's lots of trails and huge metroparks near us with stream crossings, ditches, sharp hills, etc. but we'd have to have a trailer to get there.

Behind my property I've taken him back before through the trails and fields and he does excellent except on the way home, when he does a gorgeous Piaffe because I won't let him run home :roll:
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post #13 of 27 Old 12-14-2010, 11:42 AM
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There's lots of trails and huge metroparks near us with stream crossings, ditches, sharp hills, etc. but we'd have to have a trailer to get there.

Behind my property I've taken him back before through the trails and fields and he does excellent except on the way home, when he does a gorgeous Piaffe because I won't let him run home :roll:
If he's getting barn sour (sounds like) make him work all the way home. Serpentines, figure eights, circles, leg yeilds. And when he gets home, work him some more until he calms down and starts listening to you. It make take a few rides for him to realize that just because you're headed back doesn't mean he's done. :)

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post #14 of 27 Old 12-14-2010, 12:28 PM
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Equiniphile don't you live near me? :) We should go training together!!! How close are you to the Medina/Wadsworth/Copley area? I could hook you up with my (awesome!!) trainer if you don't already have one!

Another great thing to do for an up and coming Eventer (if it hasn't been said already) is lots of desensitization training...we have "scary jump night" every now and then and we'll put horse blankets draped over a vertical, cones underneath one, etc. just to get the horses used to different, strange looking things, so that when you go out on your cross country course your horse doesn't balk at the first hay bale jump he sees LOL ;)

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Equiniphile don't you live near me? :) We should go training together!!! How close are you to the Medina/Wadsworth/Copley area? I could hook you up with my (awesome!!) trainer if you don't already have one!

Another great thing to do for an up and coming Eventer (if it hasn't been said already) is lots of desensitization training...we have "scary jump night" every now and then and we'll put horse blankets draped over a vertical, cones underneath one, etc. just to get the horses used to different, strange looking things, so that when you go out on your cross country course your horse doesn't balk at the first hay bale jump he sees LOL ;)
That would be awesome!! We're in Medina township. That'd be really cool to have someone to train with! Where do you live again?
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post #16 of 27 Old 12-14-2010, 10:16 PM
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I live in Copley so right next to ya! I live right near the Montrose area and I board at Ashwood in Wadsworth right on Medina Line Rd! :)
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Great point! Desensatizing!

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post #18 of 27 Old 12-14-2010, 11:16 PM
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Lots of trail riding. It simulates XC in the sense that it poses a lot of questions that the horse has to figure out, water crossing, banks, ditches, fallen logs to jump, etc. It will improve your seat 10 fold and let your horse get used to solving problems. Oh yeah, it's fun too!

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I live in Copley so right next to ya! I live right near the Montrose area and I board at Ashwood in Wadsworth right on Medina Line Rd! :)
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We should ride together sometime, it'd be great to hack with someone on some xc courses! Just mapquested it, Ashwood's 22 minutes from here

He's a very honest jumper from the 15 minutes I've jumped him LOL. He's never refused, just goes for the jump ears pricked and excited
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post #20 of 27 Old 12-16-2010, 08:51 PM
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we should!! when the weather gets a bit warmer anyway and I get a trailer lol ;)
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