Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Sorry, HAF, but I have to go with FGR on this one; if Chance didn't do anything wrong with your trainer on her, then by ruling things out, there must be something that is up between you and her.
For the stopping - try turning her in a tight circle if she bolts - drop one rein and make her spin into a small circle.
If she's tossing her head and rearing - well, don't let her get out of work - punish her for being bad by making her go forwards, do lateral work... just something other than rearing. Trick is to get her working hard the moment you feel her start to act up.
Your horse should stay in a collected frame all the time - correct it immediately if she comes out of it. If she starts to get out from being bent to the right direction, correct it. Any foot she puts wrong, correct it - don't let her think for a second she has any chance of getting away with anything.
Greenies are tough to deal with, which is why it takes a very experienced hand to being them along; Chance is at a very impressionable age, so you have to be very firm in what is right and wrong.
As for the freezing up, don't worry about it - we all do that once in a while... you just have to shake it off and get ready for the next round - unfortunately with a young horse you're going to have good days and bad, but with time and training the good will soon outnumber the bad.
I would suggest sitting down for 5 minutes before each ride and imagine yourself going through a perfect ride - don't let anything go wrong in your mind, then take 5 deep breaths and go for a great ride! It's amazing what positive thinking can do!
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