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post #11 of 19 Old 10-19-2010, 11:04 PM
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That is a really good strategy. I am going to do that with my gelding. He was rushed in his training as a 'quick-sell' when my innocent eyes bought him. He was never even lunged or ground driven. They just slapped a saddle on him and put a bit in his mouth so that's how he learned to be ridden. So the poor boy is hard-mouthed. They would also beat him with a crop and kick him in the sides to go, an unfortunately, had me doing those same things.

I learned since then, and let me tell you, I feel horrible knowing I caused a lot of his behavior, but didn't know it at the time. I am going to start back from square one with him, he is 3 1/2 will be 4 in April. They broke him and did all this stuff right at 2.

I will definitly try those methods with him becuase he doesn't stand still at all, not even for mounting. Thanks for explaining!

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post #12 of 19 Old 10-19-2010, 11:38 PM
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wow sarah, she looks amazing.. great job.

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post #13 of 19 Old 10-19-2010, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Mypony, I think she is glad I found her too! We are getting along very well together after a very rocky first few months.

ChevyPrincess - don't beat yourself up too much, everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is that you were big enough to recognize where you were going wrong, to seek out information about how to change it and brave enough to give it a shot!

Also, you might find your horse progresses much quicker than Miss Bobbie as she was quite a nightmare when I got her - in every way imagineable. The third time I rode her she nearly took us over that arena fencing you can see in the pictures - backwards Add to that she would take off when you try to get on, couldn't be trusted to stand tied, or anywhere for that matter and would insist on leaping through the air Lipizzaner style then shooting off full pelt across the arena when asked to canter. EVERYTIME. It has been a long road but her attitude has really changed in the last month or so which is very pleasing (for both of us!)

Countmystrides - thankyou!

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post #14 of 19 Old 10-20-2010, 12:01 AM
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Wow she looks incredible, almost like a completely different horse! Great job :)

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post #15 of 19 Old 10-20-2010, 12:14 AM
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She looks amazing! You have done a wonderful job with her. She is lucky that you saw her that day.. Thanks for sharing. I love these kind of stories. Good luck to you both.
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post #16 of 19 Old 10-20-2010, 07:00 AM
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wow Sarahver I actaully think you are my hero :)
You work so well with horses and that is a truely great transformation, attitude and condition
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post #17 of 19 Old 10-20-2010, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Aw thanks guys! I really like this horse and have really enjoyed watching her transform over the last few months, it is truly rewarding. I will post some piccies of her under saddle soon too! As soon as I can con someone into taking pictures for me...

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post #18 of 19 Old 10-20-2010, 12:28 PM
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she looks really good but her front hooves have really long toes or was she just in need of a trim then

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post #19 of 19 Old 10-20-2010, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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^^Farrier cancelled his appointment - Grrr. But you are correct, her feet are long and due for a trim (I was wondering if anyone would notice actually ha ha).

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