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    04-22-2010, 10:51 PM
New horse lease, need help!

I just started full-leasing this horse that Ive known for a long time, but have only ridden about a dozen times. Shes gorgeous, she has tons of personality, shes an excellent jumper, and now shes practically mine. Im ecstatic. But I remember a year ago, I was so frustrated with her whenever I work with her, and I still sometimes have problems. I want to get the most out of my life with Concept, so Id like some advice.
First of all, Concept often runs away and refuses to be caught when shes out in the pasture. She even does this with her owner of 6 years, although they dont get along with each other at all (which is why I have the opportunity to lease Concept), so Im thinking that might be part of it. What can I do to make her want to walk up to me in the field?
Shes a pretty green horse, and shes very forward when Im riding her. I love that I dont have to nag her constantly to keep her going, but I want her to listen to me when I say Okay, were going to stop now. And not interpret it as We can stop anytime in the next six laps of the arena.. And dont tell me that Im not being firm enough; no matter how much I pull, even with a pulley rein, she just sticks her nose in the air and defies my wishes a lot of the time. She has such a beautiful trot, I want to enjoy it and work on my own position while she moves out freely, but I cant because after a few minutes of trotting, no matter how many different figures and exercises we do, she gets bored and tries to make things exciting by going faster (or at least thats my interpretation of what shes doing).
When we canter, she tries to run away with me when shes excited, and she sometimes isnt very balanced. My trainer is working on the balance issue with us, and its coming along nicely, but Id like some more insight on how to slow her down and keep her at a nice, comfortable pace that we can both keep up. This especially goes for when we jump, because she gets really excited and wants to make really sharp turns, fly around the course, and sometimes takes off too early.
If anyone has any advice, Id love to hear what you think I should do with Concept. I love her to pieces, but I definitely understand that we both need a lot of work!
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    04-22-2010, 10:55 PM
When she won't stop try and do a double up circle (usually around 10m) by taking your inside hand and putting it by your leg. Have you ever thought of possible troting over poles? If you make them curve she'll have to think a little bit more of where her legs are which could slow her down.
    04-22-2010, 11:24 PM
As for catching a run-away, my new guy was like that to the point his previous owner had him haltered 24/7 (I know this because the halter has rubbed him raw in three spots and the couple of times I saw her catch him he ran). It helped to keep him in a paddock. Then I did some ground work so that when I went into his area, he'd run, so I'd make him walk, trot how 'I' wanted him to go until he learned to stand, then I'd go up, give him lots of rubs around the wither and head, then repeat the process a coupe times. Then when he'd stand still and not run away I'd halter him and we'd go about our work. It took about a week of this so that he'd stand still while I caught him. Then I started bringing a carrot or stalk of celery to his gate and call him. It only took him once after that to come when called.

As for the halt, or lack thereof. Personally, I wouldn't be even trotting a horse with no halt, let alone cantering. I need some stop and manners! So what I'd suggest would be ground work so that he learns the voice command 'whoa- or what-have-you. That way you have an extra aid so to speak. Mounted, I'd then go onto walk, halt transitions. If he doesn't halt when you ask with your seat and voice, ask briefly with the reins. Still no whoa? Make a brick wall. Still problems? Circle, ask again. When he sort of gets it, make it sharp. I do this by asking and backing up a few steps then making him stand there until I ask him to walk on. Then I go through the whole process of walk to trot, and so on. It's worked for me.
    04-22-2010, 11:25 PM
Green Broke
My friend has a very high strung arabian gelding whom has a few of these problems.
For the slowing down she does LOTS of circles to keep him paying attention and not all at the same spot mix it up when she gets going to fast circle her untill she realizes that she needs to pay attention.
For the taking off do the same as the first circles they help alot
For the stoping do one rein stops lots of them work on flexing side to side and at the poll.
    04-23-2010, 07:34 PM
Thanks for the advice! Very useful, all of you.

BarrelRacingArabian, well if it worked for her Arab, maybe it'll work for my Arab!! Everything is harder with an Arab, hey? So it's good to get advice from someone who knows about Arabs with the same problem as Concept :)

Writer23, your advice about catching a runner in the field sounds REALLY good, I'm going to start that right away!
    04-23-2010, 09:20 PM
Green Broke
Haha oh yeah where I rode we had alot of arabs with speed problems and circles helped alot also random haults helped too

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