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    02-17-2013, 08:21 PM
  #21
Showing
I ride out alone all the time. All my horses are fine with it because they've been doing it all their lives.

Anytime I get one that's antsy, I usually put it to work. Work will help to focus the worried mind and the proper kind of work will help to calm the hot blooded horse.
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    02-17-2013, 09:28 PM
  #22
Started
My hot-head is way better by herself.
She apparently thinks she's a racehorse when I go with other people, and having to continuously put her to work because of it isn't very enjoyable.
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    02-17-2013, 09:37 PM
  #23
Weanling
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My boy fusses, and he is relatively new to me (7 months). He'll go charging out on the roads with the most forward walk, then, bam. Plants his feet, or backs up. I walk in hand around all the areas we trail ride so it isn't as if he's never been in the area. We end up doing half circles and leg yielding and usually he'll move forward or trot on ahead. Then it repeats itself. The odd time I will hop off and lead him past a 'thing', he is fine after I remount. Til the next go-round. I never turn around when he thinks its time and always return past our home gate and go up the street or across the way before turning back to home.

Lately I've been walking him in hand much further into the trail system than he would go by himself/ourselves. Turning around at some point, remounting not at the turn around point, walk home. His walk is a power walk; he is sweating by the time we are home.

With a group, he wants to be first out, he doesn't care if he's way ahead. There are some interesting quirks with this boy. A funny thing today on our walk out into the trail (in hand) he stopped and wanted to back up. For a few moments would not go forward. I outfoxed him and marched him forward - then in a while he became quite interested in the (new) trails we were on. He is always teaching me.
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    02-17-2013, 09:52 PM
  #24
Weanling
I go out alone with my boy all the time. He's broke to the bone but every now and then he tests his limits and he'll fight me but I get on him right away. He's always an angel and listens like a pro when we got out with others so no one believes me when I say he acts like an ass from time to time.

When my gps broke we got lost and he kept fighting me to go one way to the point that he ended up losing his balance and sliding into a winter ravine, pretty much a huge ditch with steep walls to keep the trails from washing out with the snow melt. I climbed out and left him down there to get out on his own. It took him 20 minutes fighting to get himself out before he was back on level ground again. He was a dream after that.

Since my health has nosedived he's been better. On a recent trail I fell and got my leg caught in the stirrup because of a seizure. He laid down so I wasn't dangling from his back and so I could get back on him before taking us both home on his own. The way I landed messed up my knee but I could have broken my neck if he just stood there or he could have very easily taken off and killed me so I'll take it.
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    02-17-2013, 10:26 PM
  #25
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by BlooBabe    
I go out alone with my boy all the time. He's broke to the bone but every now and then he tests his limits and he'll fight me but I get on him right away. He's always an angel and listens like a pro when we got out with others so no one believes me when I say he acts like an ass from time to time.

When my gps broke we got lost and he kept fighting me to go one way to the point that he ended up losing his balance and sliding into a winter ravine, pretty much a huge ditch with steep walls to keep the trails from washing out with the snow melt. I climbed out and left him down there to get out on his own. It took him 20 minutes fighting to get himself out before he was back on level ground again. He was a dream after that.

Since my health has nosedived he's been better. On a recent trail I fell and got my leg caught in the stirrup because of a seizure. He laid down so I wasn't dangling from his back and so I could get back on him before taking us both home on his own. The way I landed messed up my knee but I could have broken my neck if he just stood there or he could have very easily taken off and killed me so I'll take it.
Wow, sorry to hear that but dang, what a good horse!!!!
     
    02-17-2013, 10:50 PM
  #26
Yearling
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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.

Are you kidding? You are gorgeous! Wish I looked as good as you do! Wow!
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    02-17-2013, 10:56 PM
  #27
Green Broke
OMG! That is the nicest thing I have heard from someone that is not my husband in a long time! Thank you!!
     
    02-17-2013, 11:05 PM
  #28
Banned
I haven't taken my guy out hacking alone yet.....I did ride him alone in the outdoor arena that isn't fenced in the middle of a huge hay field....does that count? He was pretty good. I've only had him six months and 5 of those have been winter!!!!
I can't wait until the thaw because at my new barn apparently there are miles of trails across the fields
     
    02-17-2013, 11:34 PM
  #29
Weanling
My QH prefers to go out alone, or it is always a race who's in front and he gets himself all worked up to be in the lead all the time. I don't have much chance to fix it as I ride mostly on my own anyway. When he does spook, like at the cougar a couple weeks ago, he plants all four and freezes, snorts, head high, but when I ask him to move off he walks on. Never has bolted or taken one step wrong. My young one I have been taking him away from the barn on walks on the lead since he was 8 month old. Roads, trails, everywhere. I'm hoping that once he gets some training this spring that I will be riding some trails with him this summer. On the lead he never spooks at anything, loves the trails and is always friendly with people and extremeely curious with dogs....he LOVES them. Hopefully he will be an alone hacker.
     
    02-18-2013, 02:32 AM
  #30
Yearling
I like to go out by myself a lot and go around the empty fields by my house because it's too much work to wait for anyone else if they're there and they're pretty miserable riding buddies.
Unfortunately, my horse doesn't like it so much... Partly because he thinks he's a big bad stud that needs to stay with his little herd of mares, partly because that's where the food is at, partly because I only get to ride him once a week, and mostly because he's a lazy son of a gun. (in other words, fat herd-sour pasture potato)
If I had the time to take him out more often I'm sure he'd behave himself more, but he's not too bad and I don't blame him for acting up, it's not his fault that I don't have that much time to work with him.
Usually it consists of spinning/ trying to run off back home, VERY rarely a little rear or buck. He likes to stop and back up, to refuse to go forward, but that's the best he does. Once we get farther out he settles down, sometimes he'll attempt to turn home but I just make him run in circles until he quits pulling/ turning. On some days he doesn't even try that, he's so happy to be out and about. He always listens to me well, kind of a "but I don't waaaaant tooooo" kinda deal ha ha.
If he was afraid, I would take my sweet time and be gentle, but I know that he's not so I take more of a tough approach, with more push than give. Today, for some reason, he acted up a lot more than he usually does and for a longer time, although he still snapped out of it and we had a good ride overall. Basically, when we got to the end of our road where I cross into the fields, I tried to turn him to the left down the intersecting road, and for at least ten minutes he tried to turn around and bolt home/ to the neighbor's horses, who were all lined up at the fence watching the show. Usually when he turns I just use my leg and follow with my opposite rein because he's a sensitive horse and always listens even when he's throwing a tantrum, but for some reason he was NOT listening to anything- the more I tried to stop him, the harder he pulled the other direction. I don't know how to explain it, but basically I had very little control. Eventually, after a while, I got sick of it as he wasn't letting up at all and I grabbed my reins and popped him HARD. Of course, after my gentle reminder that I'M STILL THERE all of a sudden he started listening to da hooman, ha ha... he still tried to turn and (this is the most frustrating thing for me, ha ha) "drifted" to the left, but we got up the road without incident and only had to do some cantering circles at the top of the loop around the fields, when he realized that we were changing towards the home direction/hay barn/studly's herd of mares who don't seem to return his affections. Overall, though, he's a good boy- even when he's having his little freak out sessions, he still listens pretty well to my aids and I never lose complete control (although I know that if he was terrified, I definitely would... he's a very strong horse and although he doesn't scare easily, when he does, his mind goes far away. Fortunately 99% of the time he's just a butt)
     

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