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        01-04-2013, 08:06 PM
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    Successful baby steps today! Today I rode my percheron up on the berm ponying my pinto for the first time. Usually riding up on the berm is scary for me because it's about 10 feet across and 15 feet down a rocky slope. They see the other horses in the pastures below and some of them run along with us....so it makes me nervous. I went with one other rider and my two girls didn't flinch.

    The next goal, probably tomorrow, is to ride on the berm past the ranch next door...which usually freaks them out at times because they have horses on hot walkers and stuff below.

    There was a time when my percheron didn't want to go forward and backed a few steps...I just persisted with squeezing and giving her my verbal que noise that what she wanted to do was not correct. She is pretty much always pretty sensitive to that because she wants to please, but even so, when she argues, she is a BIG girl. (I forgot the crop) I just swallowed any insecurities of my own and persisted and did so while ponying the other horse. I am so proud! Thank you for nudging me forward with being more confident in myself!
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        01-04-2013, 08:10 PM
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    Glad to hear it!
         
        01-04-2013, 08:17 PM
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    Situations like that are exactly why I like to use long split reins on all my bridles. I don't have to worry about remembering them and horses don't figure out "Oh, she doesn't have it today so I can misbehave" LOL. They are there when I need them and out of my way when I don't.

    Whenever a horse goes to balk, I can simply slide my hand down the tail of the rein and, voilą, I have a whip in my hand. Give them a pop on the rump and go on.
         
        01-04-2013, 08:19 PM
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    I ride a horse who does this. He just wants to go back to the barn. Initially, he'd try to whirl around and bolt for the barn. When he did that, I'd immediately pull him into tight fast circles, pulling him out of the circle when he was going in the correct direction and just keep going. We did this about 4 times within 200 yards on one ride. After the 4th time, he didn't want to do any more circles, so he tried plan B: put it in a solid reverse gear and back up all the way towards the barn. At this point I'd had enough. I gave him a good squeeze with my legs, which was completely ignored. Then I gave him a good, solid, resounding whack on the behind with my crop. He immediately stopped, and shifted into first gear and walked on as if nothing had happened. He tries it again on occasion, but it only takes one smack to remind him. Recently, he only needs to see the crop out of the corner of his eye or a small tap on the rump.
         
        01-04-2013, 08:20 PM
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Situations like that are exactly why I like to use long split reins on all my bridles. I don't have to worry about remembering them and horses don't figure out "Oh, she doesn't have it today so I can misbehave" LOL. They are there when I need them and out of my way when I don't.

    Whenever a horse goes to balk, I can simply slide my hand down the tail of the rein and, voilą, I have a whip in my hand. Give them a pop on the rump and go on.
    I hear ya...I like the split reins for that too....However, I can't get myself coordinated enough to use them. Maybe I should try again.....especially since I have more rein to work with when I ride my percheron who many reins end up like barrel reins on her neck. Maybe I will dig them out and try.
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        01-04-2013, 08:42 PM
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    Originally Posted by freia    
    I ride a horse who does this. He just wants to go back to the barn. Initially, he'd try to whirl around and bolt for the barn. When he did that, I'd immediately pull him into tight fast circles, pulling him out of the circle when he was going in the correct direction and just keep going. We did this about 4 times within 200 yards on one ride. After the 4th time, he didn't want to do any more circles, so he tried plan B: put it in a solid reverse gear and back up all the way towards the barn. At this point I'd had enough. I gave him a good squeeze with my legs, which was completely ignored. Then I gave him a good, solid, resounding whack on the behind with my crop. He immediately stopped, and shifted into first gear and walked on as if nothing had happened. He tries it again on occasion, but it only takes one smack to remind him. Recently, he only needs to see the crop out of the corner of his eye or a small tap on the rump.
    Thank goodness my two horses don't do any 'quick' gymnastics...nothing that goes beyond a trot anyway. These two are perfect for me...slow. However, I can still find myself in a sticky situation.....for me anyway.....and I want to be sure and handle it correctly, since they are well behaved horses and I don't want to screw them up.

    I've also had to add the obstacle of ponying the pinto. She is only 14hh, but the percheron still will shy away from her. I am trying to teach the percheron that SHE is in charge, not the little pinto (even though she thinks she is). I've been practicing turning my percheron towards the pinto whether she is in the way and not moving or not...trying to teach the percheron that SHE can move the pinto. My thinking is that it will give my percheron more confidence as well. It's so funny to see this huge horse shy from the little horse. But, it seems, when I insist to the percheron that she can push the pinto away....she listens to me and is impressed in herself when she does it!

    So, tomorrow it will be on to more baby steps for us!
         
        01-05-2013, 01:16 AM
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    Haha, don't forget to try to relax yourself when you get into situations :P
         
        01-05-2013, 01:17 AM
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    Lol and also if you feel yourself getting upset, stop and take a couple deep breaths
         

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