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post #11 of 15 Old 06-24-2011, 06:49 PM
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I had a saddle that was semi qtrhrs bars. He grew from a 3yr old to a whooping 1100lb 5yr old. I had to go full bars. He would lay ears down and hated cinching up. A lot of difference now. He still gets an attitude occasionally but its mostly his personality now. You can tell the difference.
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-24-2011, 07:24 PM
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Thumbs up Hope this helps ya with your horse:)

That same thing always happened to me.
My horse would always act up when saddling.

My horse trainer told me before we took my horse home to talk to the horse whenever your by her or him.

If i do any fast movements near my horse or on my horse she bolts. So i did what my trainer told me. So talk to your horse and don't be quite around, because maybe your horse doesn't know what's happening and spooks. Same thing with the homeless people:) haha. Pet your horse and reassure her that the homeless guy isn't gonna hurt her.

Horses are stubborn sometimes when saddling. For some reason they like to breath out when your tightening the cinch. Then when the breath in or however you would say, when you get on and therefore the cinch isn't that tight when they breath in and the saddle slides.

Well i hoped this helped you!
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-24-2011, 08:26 PM
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I know that if they have heart issues they'll dislike being cinched - not to scare you, I'm sure it's something more minor like saddle fit.

As for bolting - like a couple of have said homeless men jumping out of the woods would scare me too! Where the frick do you go riding, lol?
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I think, from what you are telling us, that this horse has your number. And, as time goes on it will get worse. First, start doing groundwork and get her listening to you. Utilize your lunge whip but don't touch her with it. Get her moving her butt around by lunging half circles and doing change of direction. You are telling her what to do, she's not telling you. Work at this, even if over a few days, until she's pretty proficient at trotting and reversing when you ask. Now, take the time to put the pad on. If she stands quietly for a few seconds, remove it. Her reward for standing still. Continue doing this until she will stand quietly for several minutes. Put her away (huge reward). Resume next time only start with the saddle. Don't do it up, just place it on her back, same method as the pad. When you cinch her up, barely bring the cinch up then let it go so you might wish to tie a twine to it for your own ease. Do this in a slow rhythmic fashion. If not reaction, pull it barely snug then release immediately. If when you decide to mount and she starts swinging her hips, do your lungework for a couple of minutes. She won't learn from the first time. After the 2nd time she's starting to process cause and affect. She should "get it" by the third time, or maybe even a 4th. Mount up, sit there, ask nothing of her and dismount and put her away. Your patience now will pay huge dividends later.
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-25-2011, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by nicole25 View Post
I read that too when i first read the article, then when i was scrolling through and saw what you wrote did it really occur to me!! I was laughing in my office with co workers giving me funny looks. That would scare me let alone any normal horse!!

As for the saddle issue just keep working with her as long as her health is okay and the saddle does fit properly, my TB hates his bit, so what we do is he takes it we remove it he takes it we remove it, a few times before we ride so he knows that he needs to take it and we are not here to play games.
Mine can be bad about her bit too. Generally she'll clamp her mouth til you say open, and then she finally gives in and takes it. All another part of her enthusiasm for rides.

Something I do with mine and something you may want to try with a angry bit taker...Fruit roll ups around the bit work wonders. Just wrap it around the bit before a ride. It definitely gets their attention on their mouth, and they open more readily the next ride!

I dont think she truely has my number, because she had been getting better since i got her, and she's a doll in the round pen as far as listening and being responsive. And the homeless guy thing was kinda funny, honestly. She gets really nervy in the woods, but listens better and doesnt hesitate like she does on the road. She wasnt quite this bad til I put the new kid on her. And it's like we started from square one again.
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