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post #11 of 18 Old 11-16-2012, 02:38 AM
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Oh man I wish you had a video of that!

That's what I did with my mare, I ride western but when I started to switch over to english I began by loping her in the round pen, because naturally she is very forward and it takes a lot of work to get her even to canter rather than gallop, and since I knew it would be easier to relax if there was less room and I didn't have to worry about steering!
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post #12 of 18 Old 11-16-2012, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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I will try to get new videos of his trot on Saturday or next week.

While he won't be jumping for a while, I am going to bring some standards into the arena so he can get used to riding around them and between them (either with no poles at all or a trot pole). My other TB (who is now retired) was 9 years old when I got him and had anxiety issues with poles and fences. He always got super "looky" at standards and poles, and while he did improve tons over fences, he never got over that 100%. I want the new guy to be comfortable working around standards, etc. so we don't run into some of the same issues.

He also just started working on a lunge line and is quickly picking up on voice commands!
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post #13 of 18 Old 11-16-2012, 02:47 AM
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that's definitely the way to go, let them know there's nothing to be afraid of and let him get comfortable before you ask him to do something new!
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Oh man I wish you had a video of that!

That's what I did with my mare, I ride western but when I started to switch over to english I began by loping her in the round pen, because naturally she is very forward and it takes a lot of work to get her even to canter rather than gallop, and since I knew it would be easier to relax if there was less room and I didn't have to worry about steering!
I know, me too! It probably would have been hilarious to watch! The barn owner saw the whole thing and complimented me on staying on. Haha! The galloping part wasn't the bad part... it was the fact we were in an arena and he was going very fast then needed to keep turning to avoid crashing into the fence!-- Those are the times I was visualizing myself face planting into the fence, but thankfully it didn't happen. He wasn't a good boy for taking off, BUT he was a good boy for not doing dirty stops and flinging me over his head. ;)
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We worked in the smaller arena today and it is clear he is still unwinding from his little gallop incident. His trot was initially fast, but he settled down so we tried a right lead canter just one lap around. He did well until I asked him to trot and he wanted to run. We went back to a trot and spent the rest of the ride working on going slow and on transitions. I found myself slowly whispering "one...two... one... two..." for almost the rest of the ride, trying to keep my posting extremely slow in order to slow him down. It was hard to keep him busy in the smaller arena, as changing direction at the trot was a little tight for him (due to going a little fast and not wanting to listen/bend), and there was no room for figure-8s, etc. I think that boredom added to his speed and lack of attention... sooo, tomorrow we will go back in the larger arena and work on the trot.... circles, figure-8s, serpentines, diagonals, etc. so he can work and focus. We won't canter, so should be fine with the extra space. I am thinking we should go back to the trot for a while longer before we attempt to canter again anyways, since he is still so worked up over it.
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post #16 of 18 Old 11-17-2012, 05:47 AM
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Very nice You are doing a lovely job just remeber he looks very immature and is still such a baby that some time off to unwind may do him a lot of good and let him grow, don't be in a hurry to jump much yet.
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Very nice You are doing a lovely job just remeber he looks very immature and is still such a baby that some time off to unwind may do him a lot of good and let him grow, don't be in a hurry to jump much yet.
Thanks. Nope, definitely not jumping anytime soon. He needs to be good at the trot and canter, as well as trot/canter poles, before we start over fences.
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post #18 of 18 Old 11-21-2012, 01:31 AM
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aw I like him. Looks just like the mare I owned last year.
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