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  • Horse gets wound up when rider gets angry
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    06-20-2008, 02:39 AM
I understand

I know how you feel, my horse Quest can be a wonderful ride one day and a pain the next sometimes. I get upset with him when he knows how to do something and just plan says No I don,t want to.And of course he seem to always make sure there is someone watching or so it seems, I have learn to just come to a stop and back him a few steps and stand a few sec and then ask him again, sometimes it takes more than once of this to get him lined out but I never leave it at NO I don.t want to, I always tell him I HAVE ALL DAY and we can do this till we get it right. Delbert,,,, is a whole diffent story He is very hard headed, and we have some real go rounds at times but I never allow him to run over me and I always stop when he does it right and pat and love him alittle , YOU ARE NOT ALONE in this one. Good luck. Grayhorse
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    06-20-2008, 12:03 PM
Greyhorse said it perfectly. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I have been frustrated and called my horses a few names...ALPO being one of them. Lol If you can't get done what you set out to do that day...change what you planned on doing. End on a good note. Horses are a special gift and priveledge that we have and its best to always keep that in mind. EVEN if that means blowing off the goal for that day.
    06-20-2008, 01:09 PM
I agree that everyone has their days. When I fell off Jubilee a couple weeks ago, I was mad at her. I didn't yell or anything, it was kind of just a quiet anger. I got right back on though, I was gentle but firm and made her behave. But afterwards, I was still mad. Like I brought her into the barn and brushed her and stuff, but I didn't kiss her or pet her, or talk to her because I was angry, lol. I kind of give her the silent treatment and inwardly stew. I just needed time to cool off. A couple hours later, I was back to my old self, talking in a baby voice to her and telling her she was so cute, Lol. Don't give up. You love your horse and I'm sure he loves you. Just keep going!
    06-21-2008, 12:51 AM
Hows it going?

I was just wondering how it was going? I hope well. I know dealing with horses can be so confusen as we love then so and yet we are wanting them to do well and if it does not work out it can be ... well we can lose sleep over it, or at least I do. I hope things are going better . Hang in there . You take to heart what the ladies say here . They know a thing or two .. let me know how you are. Grayhorse
    06-21-2008, 07:40 AM
I know exactly what you mean, because a similar thing happened to me the other day. My horse (who is usually really laid back) started kicking out when I went to put her back boots on, not standng still while I got, then she was completely ignoring in the arena, and I could feel myself getting more and more wound up, so I got off and led her back to the yard, because I just wasn't in the mood and it wasn't fair on her, then she started being naughty while I lead her (trying to cut across me in trot and setting her neck against me) and I did lose my rag with her Afterwards, I felt devestated at how I had handled the situation, because that isn't how I work with horses, I believe in being quiet and patient (Intelligent Horsemanship), the Monty Roberts techniques. When you feel angry or frustrated at him, just close your eyes, clear your mind and take deep breaths, maybe think of a happy memory with your horse, and if you don't feel like riding, don't.

I felt so angry at myself, because I knew it was my fault, she could sense how I was feeling and she was just reacting from that, so when I had untacked her, I gave her a big hug and I told her I was sorry, maybe that sounds a bit crazy, but I think she knew, because she was lovely after that :) So don't give up, we all have bad days and good days. We all make mistakes, but you learn from them and move on

Hope this helps x x x
    06-22-2008, 10:03 PM
Tips -

Get off the horse and have a good think about what you are doing.
Breath in breath out slow and steady... Don't get back on the horse until you think you are ready to be civil with him/her so to speak.

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