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post #21 of 34 Old 11-08-2010, 08:31 AM
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Sounds like you made the right choice. I don't think I'd like that either. I'd be concerned as you ask more that she would escalate. The good thing is, there are tons of horses out there. You'll find the one that fits you.
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post #22 of 34 Old 11-08-2010, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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I'd be concerned as you ask more that she would escalate.
Exactly!

Somehow, there really isn't anything left to go look at! Apparently no horses live within 200 miles of Cincinnati, Ohio. LOL

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post #23 of 34 Old 11-08-2010, 07:11 PM
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ugh i had the same problem with finding horse territory! there's not horses or farms within 15 minutes and only one or two within thirty. i used to live around hundreds of farms. so sad. :(

but she's pretty and she sounds fabulous, it's a shame she had such irritating quirks.

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post #24 of 34 Old 11-08-2010, 07:45 PM
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That's too bad! Yeah, that's a problem you don't want to get into. My mare is totally sound, fitting tack, everything. But she has started getting mad when I ask her to work (aka .. canter past the gate). We've escalated from ear-pinning to several mini bucks. She is smart enough to know that it's working, and it's not a fun problem to deal with!
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post #25 of 34 Old 11-08-2010, 11:25 PM
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Bummer! But you made a good decision, you'll find the perfect horse for you soon.
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post #26 of 34 Old 11-08-2010, 11:28 PM
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Wow she looks like such a pretty horse. How long did you have her? Sometimes it can take a while for the horse to adjust to being in new surroundings, which is why I don't really like "trials" that much...they are never long enough to really evaluate how the horse is when he adjusts. What was she like when you tried her out before you brought her home?

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post #27 of 34 Old 11-08-2010, 11:32 PM
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That's too bad! Yeah, that's a problem you don't want to get into. My mare is totally sound, fitting tack, everything. But she has started getting mad when I ask her to work (aka .. canter past the gate). We've escalated from ear-pinning to several mini bucks. She is smart enough to know that it's working, and it's not a fun problem to deal with!
Not trying to steal the thread, but do you just keep riding past the gate, or do you try to make it uncomfortable for her to "want" to be there?

My mare will 'hint' that she would rather be at the gate sometimes, as well, so I just work her a little harder while we are at the gate, and then we'll move past it once she is relaxed again, and rest at the opposite end of the gate. I will also walk her around the arena, and when we are getting toward the gate get her working again, so she associates the gate with "more work", thus changing her mind frame from wanting to be there, to not wanting to be there and leaving, or riding past it willingly.

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post #28 of 34 Old 11-09-2010, 07:18 AM
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Exactly!

Somehow, there really isn't anything left to go look at! Apparently no horses live within 200 miles of Cincinnati, Ohio. LOL

Well if your up for a road trip, there are tons in PA. You practically trip over their adds.
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post #29 of 34 Old 11-10-2010, 12:00 AM
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Not trying to steal the thread, but do you just keep riding past the gate, or do you try to make it uncomfortable for her to "want" to be there?

My mare will 'hint' that she would rather be at the gate sometimes, as well, so I just work her a little harder while we are at the gate, and then we'll move past it once she is relaxed again, and rest at the opposite end of the gate. I will also walk her around the arena, and when we are getting toward the gate get her working again, so she associates the gate with "more work", thus changing her mind frame from wanting to be there, to not wanting to be there and leaving, or riding past it willingly.

I guess I worded it poorly. It's more an issue of "I'll stop when I want to stop cantering, and if you tell me to keep going I'll get pissy because I'm bigger than you and I know it." The gate is just one of the problem areas. If she bucks (then usually stumbles .. being a fat Percheron), she breaks to a trot, and no matter how hard I ask her to pick up the canter again, she just pins her ears and trots faster. Because I fail to get another canter, she wins pretty much every round. And now she has started threatening to kick when I ask her to work harder at the trot as well, because she's realizing that she has found herself a tool.
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post #30 of 34 Old 11-10-2010, 12:43 AM
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I guess I worded it poorly. It's more an issue of "I'll stop when I want to stop cantering, and if you tell me to keep going I'll get pissy because I'm bigger than you and I know it." The gate is just one of the problem areas. If she bucks (then usually stumbles .. being a fat Percheron), she breaks to a trot, and no matter how hard I ask her to pick up the canter again, she just pins her ears and trots faster. Because I fail to get another canter, she wins pretty much every round. And now she has started threatening to kick when I ask her to work harder at the trot as well, because she's realizing that she has found herself a tool.
Haha.. ha.. haha. I imagined this in my head several times and can't stop giggling.

Also a fix might be to spin her arse around when she pins your ears at you and start doing tons of walk/trot trot/walk walk/canter trot/canter transitions till she's like "WTH is goin on here?"

I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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