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    02-16-2013, 07:35 PM
  #11
Trained
It took me years and baby steps to do it, but I can get my horse out alone without too much fuss depending on the season and his mood on that given day. If he's in a confident mood, we brave the trails in the woods. He's not too great with wildlife. He's getting better with the wild turkeys, but deer, not so much. When he gets sticky, I sit there and keep him pointed in the direction I want to go until he realizes that I am more stubborn than him and we're on our way. For bigger spooks, deer and other wildlife, it's usually a combo spook/spin/bolt attempt. One rein stop has saved my butt a zillion times. We have the move down so well, he can only spook and get half way through the spin before I've shut him down.

On days that he's more "up", we stay in the nearby fields where he can still see the barn. Once we've been running around for awhile and his brain has switched over to fun mode, we usually do a short loop into the woods to build on his confidence. I always tell him he's a big brave stud on the way home and he becomes very proud of himself and blows out a nice relaxing "I'm a good boy, I did it mom".

My only gripe is, this is a lather/rinse/repeat process. Every spring we start anew as if he's never seen so much as a squirrel. By September he's blowing through the woods like the destroyer. Hacking out alone is...um fun...yeah that's it...fun.
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    02-17-2013, 04:58 PM
  #12
Foal
My young boy hacks out fine by himself, my only frustration is that he wants to stop and look at everything! Then he gets so interested in all the new things he will throw a minor tantrum when I turn him around to come home /sigh. I think the other horses forgot to tell him the correct times to throw tantrums!
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    02-17-2013, 05:57 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Well, we went today. My mare and I alone and she did awesome!!! She is new to the ranch so is always looking around at first but that I can handle. I did not get the fight out the driveway that I thought I would get. Was awesome!!! She took care of me today! Just what I needed! Such a good girl! Here we are and please excuse the horrible mess of a woman I seem to have become this winter, lol.

     
    02-17-2013, 06:12 PM
  #14
Trained
I trail ride alone, I do have some extensive, extreme trails just down the road. Sometimes, one of my horses (Scotty) can get all stupid but we work through it and carry on. He wants to flat out gallop up big hills and that is my fault because I used to do that with him, now when he sees a hill, he needs a reminder that I decide when or if we run. Mostly both horses are pretty good, they don't care about leaving the barn or their buddy, they like to go.
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    02-17-2013, 06:58 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Anything I ride will go out alone. But I admit to having made a silly amount of money re-schooling spoiled horses whose owners encouraged the buddy-sourness that I hear complained of. More power to them. It's a relatively easy fix and I also work with the owners to (hopefully) keep the problem from cropping up again. Then... it's their choice.
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    02-17-2013, 07:21 PM
  #16
Foal
Boots how do you re-school them?
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    02-17-2013, 07:23 PM
  #17
Trained
My girl is definitely more alert when we go out alone, but we have so much fun. I always let someone know that we are going and have my mobile on me just in case.
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    02-17-2013, 07:38 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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Boots how do you re-school them?
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I take them away from the rest and when they start to dance around or whinny their heads off I push them into circles. Big circles. At a working trot or a lope. Some will even attempt to rear, and I get very forceful (strong legs, growley voice) to get them moving forward.

I'm not adverse to making a horse sweat. I think we could all use more time doing that.

Horses seem to quickly learn that it is just fine to go out alone. Then I start backing off the pressure that I will give. If they start to act like it's just awful, I cue again like before.
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    02-17-2013, 07:39 PM
  #19
Weanling
My current gelding is fine, as is the hubby's. My som's young pony is antsy when being led out alone, so i'll have to work on that more.

My last gelding was best with a dog along. He always had a ear on them and almost seemed to use them to flush out wildlife ahead, lol.
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    02-17-2013, 08:16 PM
  #20
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My current gelding is fine, as is the hubby's. My som's young pony is antsy when being led out alone, so i'll have to work on that more.
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My last gelding was best with a dog along. He always had a ear on them and almost seemed to use them to flush out wildlife ahead, lol.
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thank you for mentioning the dog thing. Im going to try that with my mare
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