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post #1 of 5 Old 10-27-2010, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hacked my pony alone for the first time in ages today !!

I am very impressed at how well my pony behaved herself today. She is not good to hack alone, infact we have had many disasters doing it before, so I lost confidence and stopped.

I am not sure why exactly she is so nervous hacking alone but if there is no horse/human by her side she winds up and explodes like a bomb, but today I went out just for five minutes down the road.

She did get very nervous but I found that talking a lot to her and patting her a lot, just to let her know I was there helped and she wasn't so bad, once we got back I gave her an apple and treated her for a bit :)

I just thought I would make a thread on it because I am proud of her haha.

Anyone got any similar stories? x
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-27-2010, 07:52 PM
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Awww, congrats! A lot of my fellow horse friends balk at me for "talking my horses down" but I believe in it for sure!

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-27-2010, 08:30 PM
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Isn't it nice to be proud of even small accomplishments? That's a good way to look at things.
I do hack out alone a fair amount, but I don't have to go on a road. We have lots of trails nearby. So, I commend you on your bravery.
One thing that I discovered with my Appy (I ride two appy's, but one is more volitile than the other. He's the one in my avatar.)
Anyway, Mac would do this spinning thing when we came upon something in the trail that he wasn't sure about. I think it was really bad for a while becasue he was getting grain that made him jumpy. ONly hay now.
Anyway, he would see something, kind of suck himself downward (like gettting ready to spring) and then he would stop, bounce off of is front feet and spin out form under me so fast I would be picking my landing spot on the way down.
At first, in my effort to NOT transmit any feeling of nervousness, when I felt him getting worried, I would DO NOTHING. I would try not to change in any way how I was riding. Good, in theory, but what happened was that I had LEFT him. he was at a place where he was afraid and not sure what to do and I was leaving him in a vacuum where in HE had to make the decision as to how to deal with the scary thing. Naturally, he decided to save his own life and he spun out of there.
What I discoveredx is that I need to be very aware of when he needs me to be there and help him make the decision that it's ok to not run away. there's just a moment where he isn't sure and if I step in and pick up ONE rein and put ONE leg on, it kind of fills that vacuum with something and relieves him from needing to make a decision. Mostly he will listen and drop the idea of running away. Sometimes he needs to stop and llisten or thing about it, and I let him. But I will NOT let him spin and turn away from the scary thing. Neither will I force him to sniff it. I wait until he is ready to move forward.
Things have gotten so much better. I just have to remember that sometimes doing nothing is not the right thing.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-27-2010, 08:41 PM
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Congrats Jenny. Each little victory adds up.

TinyLily, that is what I do with Walka. I won't force him to go up to the scary thing, but he can't turn away from it. If it's behind him, all the more reason to bolt. If it's in front of him, he eventually realizes it's not something to fear. Plus, I do tell him in a no nonsense voice , "you're okay".

Working fine so far. He is leading most rides, and will also stay in back if that's where I choose to be. Progress feels so good!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!".
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-27-2010, 10:08 PM
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Good on ya, mate! It is so nice to have a horse that will both lead and follow.
Mac is all around so good, that this little spinning issue is not the worst in the world. IT's me who still worries aabout it. Four times dumped is quite enough!
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