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post #11 of 21 Old 02-13-2013, 09:08 PM
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I tried to lunge my horse twice this winter, both times she freaked out the whole time. The last time I had a bruise on my forehead the shape of the clip. Ouch.

So we're waiting until the big field has better footing and that she freak out as much as she wants before we work.
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post #12 of 21 Old 02-14-2013, 03:06 PM
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My mare and I started doing lessons weekly at an indoor arena in Jan in addition to my riding lessons...she actually responded really well. She spooks occasionally on windy days, but her spooks are actually smaller than out in the pasture where we ride and she's familiar with. Trouble with us is the trailer...the arena is only 7 miles away but she's wet with sweat by the time we get there despite the cold weather. :(

Last Sat I worked her in the roundpen from the ground and she was apparently feeling frisky and doing plenty of bucking but it seemed to be more playful than anything else...
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post #13 of 21 Old 02-14-2013, 03:27 PM
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Sorry he's bein a prat!

As I have no arena of any sorts, I would force Bandit to just get on with things. I currently have fields that resemble lakes and/or giant mud puddles to ride in if I dont feel like chancing the road - I dream of sand.. and an indoor? yes puhleeze!

Tell Puck to sort himself out, that Bandit has no choice but to get rained on so he should consider himself thankful :)

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post #14 of 21 Old 02-14-2013, 03:33 PM
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Winter time is super glue season for me. I swear mid October Nasty Brats brain packs up and heads south for the winter. Refuses to come back until mid May. In the mean time I am stuck with super glue on my behind and gripping the holy carp handle on my saddle going "please don't let me die" while snow slides off the roof, sand hitting the walls and her own farts scare the living bejeesus out of her *sigh* Worse of it is... it will never change. She has been this way her entire 20 years of living. Yet I love her anyway and just laugh my way through winter getting ready to try our hand at rodeo bronc instead of eventing.

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Winter time is super glue season for me. I swear mid October Nasty Brats brain packs up and heads south for the winter. Refuses to come back until mid May. In the mean time I am stuck with super glue on my behind and gripping the holy carp handle on my saddle going "please don't let me die" while snow slides off the roof, sand hitting the walls and her own farts scare the living bejeesus out of her *sigh* Worse of it is... it will never change. She has been this way her entire 20 years of living. Yet I love her anyway and just laugh my way through winter getting ready to try our hand at rodeo bronc instead of eventing.
Bahaha the fart part is so true for my mare.
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post #16 of 21 Old 02-15-2013, 05:17 PM
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Have you tried upping his magnesium during the winter, and lunging him before riding? Just athought. Also changing gaits (transitions) every few strides to get his attention focused on him not the birds!

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post #17 of 21 Old 02-15-2013, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Ha! Love the super glue analogy. I finally got a mostly sane horse today. Didn't hurt that it was 45 degrees out instead of 20. It took a little work to get his attention, and I had to be very loud with my aids every time we passed monster hiding spots, but I ended up getting a fantastic trot, decent canter, and some grid work out of him. We're doing a clinic on Sunday. It's supposed to be windy and 20 degrees, so I'm thinking full seat breeches with synthetic saddle!

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #18 of 21 Old 02-15-2013, 10:14 PM
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Can you take him in the arena and not work him~ just let him chill and listen. Reward the lick/chews.
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Can you take him in the arena and not work him~ just let him chill and listen. Reward the lick/chews.
It's just an under saddle, "I'm going to act like a psycho and spook at everything in sight until you call my bluff and put my butt to work while risking your life in the process" sort of thing. He's actually fine on the longe and walks around next to me like a big puppy dog.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #20 of 21 Old 02-15-2013, 10:54 PM
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My Arab lost his mind this winter, too, I promise it's not just you =] During the summer, I can not ride him for a week and hop on bareback and he'll still be lazy as can be. Now I can't go 2 days without riding him, or I have to lunge him for 10 minutes to get all his bucks out; he won't buck with me on him, but the more fired up he is, the more he spooks at his own shadow!
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