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post #1 of 6 Old 06-02-2013, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Controling my horse!

Hi, my horse is a thoroughbred x warmblood mare (she's more thoroughbred than anything, though!) and she's going into season, so she's very stubborn and acting like she's walking on hot coals.
Anyway - I was riding in trot and she kept slipping into canter. The canter wasn't out of control, but it was really annoying. She also holds her head up high so I don't have much control. The dentists coming out to look at her teeth.
(Btw, I ride her in a grackle and martingale with a normal bit. She was tried in a rugby Pelham and found it really uncomfortable cos she's really sensitive in the mouth so I don't think a stronger bit would work)
What do you suggest I do?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-02-2013, 12:56 PM
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I suggest you get a trainer.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-02-2013, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432 View Post
I suggest you get a trainer.
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Yeah, I have a trainer (well, an instructor that sometimes rides her too)
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Do you have any video so we can see what's going on? This could be the result of many things.
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you stated an instructor that SOMETIMES rides her too.a trainer should ride more consistant than an instructor.and if it is a good trainer,they will know what makes a horse tic.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-04-2013, 11:20 PM
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My boss has 5 mares and 1 gelding. The mares do not, by golly, get to forget their manners just because they are in a heat cycle. No one gets a pass. It's our life and health we're talking about, not to mention theirs! If we get hurt, their life will change for the worse. I've been with 4 of the 6 going on four years and they don't even test me after this long, of course.

If you can't/won't find a trainer for you and the mare, hook up with some professional horsemen (gender neutral). Model what they do for manners, on the ground and astride.

Being around horses is fun. Do what you need to so it will be for you, too. :)
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