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post #1 of 5 Old 04-04-2012, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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This did not ease my riding fears at all

As you all know we got Dakota our paint back in November. We have not rode her due to abscessed feet and my shoulder surgeries have had me with limited use of arm since December. The guy we got her from lives right across the street from us and his 13 year old son has rode her before when they owned her so I didnt think him riding her yesterday was anything to worry about since she probably needed the exercise. So he got her ready and attempted to ride her our other horses went nuts and Dakota did not want to leave them so the boy took her for a walk up the road to get her out of sight. All of a sudden I see Dakota in a full run back to the house about 10 minutes after he left with her I asked him what the h*** happened and he said she reared up and ripped the reins out of his hands and took off. I don't know why she did that I don't know if she is just herd bound or what, but I know im not getting on her after that im already afraid to ride. Grrr.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-04-2012, 12:55 PM
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This comes down to excercise and training. Some horses are ok to be left out to pasture an hopped on, many are not. Many need consistent riding in order to be safe the next time. Have you tried lunging the horse before someone rides? She should probably be lunged a few times a week. Being herd bound is a problem ,but its fixable. Slowly take her further and further away. Don't work her up to the point she'll rear or bolt, but take her far enough and then work the snot out of her. And she tires take her further and continue to get the horse to pay attention to the rider. This may take some time but eventually everything will work out.

You sound liek you and the horse could use some training to help with the confidence issues.
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Not surprising at all.....it sounds like she could benefit from some refresher basic work (you mention she has been unused/worked for an extended time - was anything done with her during that time to maintain her training, even from the ground?). To take a fresh horse, who is showing obvious distress no less, and send her off with a child (regardless of previous experience) was quite dangerous.
You mention you have a fear of her and "riding fears" - I would suggest that you find yourself a good instructor who can help you build your confidence as a rider. You are definitely right in not thinking of riding her yourself in that mindset as it would be a disaster waiting to happen.
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This comes down to excercise and training. Some horses are ok to be left out to pasture an hopped on, many are not. Many need consistent riding in order to be safe the next time. Have you tried lunging the horse before someone rides? She should probably be lunged a few times a week. Being herd bound is a problem ,but its fixable. Slowly take her further and further away. Don't work her up to the point she'll rear or bolt, but take her far enough and then work the snot out of her. And she tires take her further and continue to get the horse to pay attention to the rider. This may take some time but eventually everything will work out.

You sound liek you and the horse could use some training to help with the confidence issues.
Thanks I will try that and yes I have bad confidence issues. I never use to be afraid to ride and I never had a accident, but for some reason I am terrified to ride. I even told my husband that maybe we should sell them since they never get ridden.
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Well, it definitely takes consistency and time to keep horses. Almost all horses need consistent handling to keep all the natural behaviors at bay. Sounds like your horse is a bit herd bound. You don't have to ride to keep them fresh tho. I think Letagirlshowu gave you great advice.

And I would add that you never have to continue to ride if a horse is making you feel unsafe. You can get off and work on the problem on the ground. I have done that many times because I am recovering from a really bad accident ( motorcycle) and don't always feel strong enough to handle very situation. My mare was kicking out at the canter. I didnt feel confident riding her through it, which is what most folks advised me to do. So every time she kicked out, I got off quickly and lunged her at the canter with speed and intensity. She soon stopped.

When you don't have the time or energy for riding, just work on the ground with grooming, handling,leading, sending, yielding, bending, tacking up, sacking out, and games. All thi will help keep your horse tuned in to you and gentle.
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