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    05-21-2012, 08:41 AM
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I had a bad fall a few years ago and still trying to get my confidence back in horse and I could wait when a friend of mine asked me to ride her horse for her she is lovely to bring in and groom she could quite easily stand there all day! When your ridding her she has her days but lately she don't listen when your in the saddle if she don't want to do something she wont. She will stand at a gate and I try getting her to turn and go down the field she will just do a massive loop and go to where she was standing! Even when I tap her with the whip I just don't know what to do!? Anyone have any idea's? I ride by myself most of the time.
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    05-21-2012, 08:44 AM
She stands at the gate when you're on her??
    05-21-2012, 08:49 AM
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How much experience did you have prior to your fall? Knowing what tools you do/dont have in your toolbox, so to speak, will help in knowing what suggestions you will be able to pit into action. How are you ching her for forward and turning? Does your friend ever ride the horse and, if so, how does the horse respond to her or any other person who might ride? As you say you are trying to recover confidence it may be as simple as you sending a non-authoritative energy to the horse.
    05-21-2012, 09:07 AM
Yeah when im on her now matter what I do she just turns around to stand looking over the gate, prior to my fall I had been ridding for about 5 years was so confident but when I had the fall got dragged down the field and broke my wrist it took me about 7 months to get back in the saddle, im still very confident around her, I've only see my friend ride once but she has someone walk with her. The horse was out on loan and they had problems with the loaner. Im using my inside leg and abit of rein.
    05-21-2012, 09:13 AM
Do you feel confident enough to ask her to turn around and be ready for her to throw a fit?

Or backing her up?

Honestly because your friend (the owner) is having someone lead her on the horse.. I don't feel this horse is trained and you are going to end up in a bad situation. Is there a riding instructor you could take lessons with?
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    05-21-2012, 09:17 AM
Yeahh I turn her around and she fine but goes back to the same spot, I've tried backing her up but she doesn't, she is lovely when she is having a good day goes smoothly and has 3 lovely paces.
    05-21-2012, 09:26 AM
Well I'd keep making her circle, do figure eights in front of the gate, any lateral work you know.. work hard at the gate and then when she listens to your leg and goes away, take a break.

Teach her

Gate = more work
Away from gate = less work, and breaks.

She just sounds like she's taking advantage of you.
    05-21-2012, 09:38 AM
Okay thenn ill try it when I go riding and ill let you know how I get on thankyou so much for your help
    05-21-2012, 09:42 AM
You're welcome, I hope you succeed!

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