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        12-28-2011, 12:08 PM
      #11
    Showing
    A horse will test you as long as you let them. Once they figure out they can get away with it, they will continue to up the ante.

    I have a lot of dead to rights broke horses, but even they will try on occasion to get away with going to the gate or refusing to work with a rider that they think they can slip one by. Jana is notorious for it, I also love her for it, she presents a challenge in a safe way to beginner students. Once they get assertive, she's like, "Oh, okay, you can be boss now."

    For me, any rude or "testing" type behavior is dealt with swiftly. I have a very low tolerance for disrespectful horses. I'll ask once, if they don't respond, then they get told.
         
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        12-28-2011, 12:41 PM
      #12
    mls
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
    A horse will test you as long as you let them. Once they figure out they can get away with it, they will continue to up the ante.
    Yep. They may change what they are doing to test you but they will continue as long as they are allowed.

    OP - have you seen the owner ride this horse? Or anyone else? What are those results? Also - are you accidentially telling the horse to spin? Leg contact?
         
        12-28-2011, 09:50 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I've watches the owner get on the horse and all of a sudden she does exactly what the owner wants her to do same with the other person.We would be trotting and all of a sudden she will just stop and stand there and no amount of kicking or saying go will make her move forward I keep her on the rail so she would try to turn around and go the other way I kept leg pressure on to keep her to go the way I wanted.i was using a crop and making progress but then the owner decided she's old and cranky and its not fair to expect her to listen all of a sudden and told me to not use a crop also she had me using loose reins wich would work until she decide she was done or didn't want to go in the direction we were going in
         
        12-28-2011, 10:28 PM
      #14
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    Originally Posted by skittlesfirehawk    
    i was using a crop and making progress but then the owner decided she's old and cranky and its not fair to expect her to listen all of a sudden and told me to not use a crop also she had me using loose reins.........
    This is a major red flag. The owner is sabotaging you, either on purpose or without realizing what he is doing.

    Either way, I'd probably have a conversation with the owner about the fact that his interference is setting your progress back and that if he or she can't stay out of your riding, you'll just have to find another horse.

    It's not like you are abusing the horse or anything even remotely close.
         

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