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post #11 of 42 Old 04-29-2009, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for your advice. I'm totally heart-broken. I went out to ride her today and she absolutely wouldn't have it. She got very antsy when I mounted her, moving around and spinning. I finally got her to stand still and mounted. Then she walked on only for a little bit (maybe 30 feet) and started to buck. She has NEVER bucked! She has gotten a little worse each time I have ridden her - but her owner said she did well in a lesson with a 10 year old on her back. Which makes me wonder if she's getting used to a smaller person on her back and doesn't want a big adult on her anymore. Or maybe she's hurt somewhere. She wouldn't lunge either, kept charging me and changing direction. I've been riding her for MONTHS without this sort of problem, but since she's moved to the new barn, she's gotten worse every week for me. I just emailed her owner and told her about today. I told her if she's fine in lessons with children, then I'll accept the fact that it's just me and I'm too big. But WHO will I ride now? I liked riding her =(
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post #12 of 42 Old 04-29-2009, 08:33 PM
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You are a bit big on her, but I don't see it as a major issue. I don't think you're a giant on her or hurting her, I mean. I think you should be fine. :)

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post #13 of 42 Old 04-29-2009, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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well, her owner emailed me back and said she was only ridden once by the 10 year old and that she was naughty then. She said since she's switched barns, she's switched feed because some of her horses were 'ribby'. Disney has never been 'ribby' so she thinks maybe it's too much for her. She said maybe she's 'hot' from the extra sweet feed. Do you think that could make a horse act like that?
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post #14 of 42 Old 04-29-2009, 08:59 PM
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Definately. Too much sweet feed will make a horse hyper especially if they are not in a place where they can burn off the extra energy or being ridden enough to do so. I would cut her back on that and see what happens : }

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post #15 of 42 Old 04-29-2009, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ok well that's what her owner said she'd do. I know I was BAD today by giving up and putting her back, but I didn't want either of us to get HURT!
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post #16 of 42 Old 04-29-2009, 09:21 PM
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You should be fine you look a little big but, i probable look even funnier im 5`1 and i ride horses that are 16-17 hands when there fully grown.
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post #17 of 42 Old 04-30-2009, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Ok I know this probably belong in the 'training' section, but I'd have to add all the back story, so I'm just going to ask it here. Since the last time she was being naughty and not lunging and bucked when I was riding her...what should I do? If it's just because she's had too much feed, should I just try to ride it out? She's never been a 'hyper' horse so I'm not sure how to handle it. There is another horse we've been working with that was completely out of control the first time we took her out. So the second time we just turned her out in the arena by herself and let her go crazy for a little bit. Then she settled down and was easily handle-able.
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post #18 of 42 Old 04-30-2009, 01:33 PM
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We always try to end any horse session on a positive note. If she is dangerous to be on her back, go ahead and just do some ground exercises until you get a good response then put her up. You don't want her to think if she is being a stinker she gets out of work.
By the way Vida is 14.3 and I am a fat broad at 5'8. I know I look huge on her but we don't get too strenuous and we take lots of breaks.

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post #19 of 42 Old 04-30-2009, 07:38 PM
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Like everyone said, you're maybe a tad too big, but you seem happy together. Your horse is probably sturdier than you think, and definitely smaller than 15hh, lol. I am 5'7 and 130 or so on a 15.1 mare. Just do what is comfortable. If you just ride to ride, then don't worry. If you start doing strenuous cross country or jumping, you might not want to stay on her.

As for her acting up, definitely end on a good note. I'm awful pig-headed and I will fight any horse as long as necessary. If she won't move forward, make her move forward and then praise and be done. Typically when horses buck, I ignore it because I've never been on a horse that had a big enough to unseat me, but your comfort zone and her buck may be different. But remember, if her head is up, she can't buck enough to make it feel like anything more than a canter stride.

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post #20 of 42 Old 04-30-2009, 08:08 PM
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I'm 5'9 and ride a 13.3 hand haflinger. We don't show, so I don't care how we "look" but rather more concerned with how comfy my pony is. He handles me just fine and will out-go the bigger guys.

However, haflingers are super smart and will test. They can also get high strung on sugary feeds.

However, another issue with haflingers is proper saddle fit. They are very hard to get fit correctly due to their short, wide, but very flat back they usually have. Could it be a saddle fit issue?

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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