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    04-13-2009, 04:14 AM
Ok that helps. Thanks. I tried that but I kept getting it tangled and it didn't really affect her :/.
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    04-13-2009, 10:51 AM
Lunging and ground work are important!
    04-13-2009, 11:20 AM
Do you know how to do a one rein stop? If you don't that's the first thing you need to work on. When she starts going faster than you want her to go or that you have cued her to do, one rein stop her. It sounds like she is just testing you and she has won so far.
How much training have you had in riding? Maybe you need to get on her back and spend a few days in the round pen or arena just walking around cones or in circles. Get your confidence in yourself and your horse in order. When she wants to turn for the gate, choke down on the reins so she has to keep going forward. If she starts going faster, one rein stop her and make her continue in the direction you want to to.
It sounds like she is just a bit barn sour and is seeing how far you will let her push you around.
Have you thought about taking some lessons with her?
    04-13-2009, 01:44 PM
Try lunging her for atleast 10 min. Even though you don't have a round pen, try lunging her on a 20 meter circle at the end of the arena. Best of luck!
    04-13-2009, 05:17 PM
Originally Posted by OnlySamwise    
Ok that helps. Thanks. I tried that but I kept getting it tangled and it didn't really affect her :/.
It might take some practice, but you'll get it. :]

I also agree with Vida, that she might just be testing you. The one rein stop is great tool. She may just need to be reminded that you're boss - always.

But groundwork is important too, so keep at it.
    04-15-2009, 06:41 AM
Ya I have heard of that one rein stop. I'll do that next time. Well by the time I got off I had her at a walk and we were doing turns so I was doing what I wanted not what she wanted. Ya I think she is testing me too.
Almost a year. It would be easier if there was a round pen but there's only an arena but I'll try that. Ya I think she is too.
No I haven't but the people at the barn (when they see me having trouble they) tell me what I should do.

I did lunge her today (I was borrowing someone's lunge whip). When I first started (I did go at the end of the arena away from the barn) and when she'd head to the side of the circle closest to the barn she'd start to gallop straight but I pulled her back so she couldn't and would have to turn to keep going in a circle. She did that a few times around at a gallop, then a few at a canter, then she'd stay in a trot but still try to go that way. Because I had to keep her from running toward the barn I had to drop the whip multiple times to grab the rope with both hands. So when I'd pick it up she'd kinda freak at it and go running and pulling away from me like she was scared of it. But then after a while she'd slow to a walk and I kept cracking the whip behind her but she'd just keep walking like she didn't care and act like "I know your not going to hit me" attitude. So at first she was scared of it but then she wasn't. Do you think she was just messing with me pretending she was scared of the whip and used it as an excuse to pull away and give me a hard time? Or do you think she just got used to it? I wish they had a round pen so I could focus on her gaits and commands cause today she was just going through different gaits kinda like a wild lunging (but not really wild just really messy).
    04-15-2009, 01:25 PM
I think you may be dealing with her just testing you. As far as her being freaky about the whip, and then not caring at all you might want to try this. Depending on if she was ever lunged before, some people don't use a whip (my trainer doesn't really use a whip to much). Next time you're lunging her and she's just walking around not responding, drop the whip and reach towards the ground with your free hand. Sometimes my trainers lesson horses won't go for the whip, but if you bend over and touch your toe they speed right up. Even my horses do it, and they've never really been taught that. Try to talk to her and soothe her when she's acting up and just be consistant. Eventually she'll figure out that galloping and fighting isn't going to get her out of it. Also, if she is being barn sour (which it sounds like) try feeding her like a bucket of grain and such AWAY from the barn. Like in the end of the arena where you work her. Let her know she can still have fun and be safe away from her stall. Do you ever let her loose in the arena by herself? Just so she can run around and kick up her heals and be a horse? Another thing about the whip, instead of cracking it and asking her to go faster than the walk. Just have her walk around and don't ask for anymore at first. All your teaching her right now is to be non-responsive to the whip. Praise her big time whenever she's going good for you, even if it's just walking around. When she's not freaking out or being a spaz love her up! I'm sure you guys will work it out! Keep us updated on her progess!!!
    04-16-2009, 05:55 AM
Ya I'm pretty sure she's just testing me now. We talked to a lady at the barn and she says Hoku knows the whip but she's just being stubborn. Ok I'll try that. Never heard of it but sounds like it might work. Ok I'll try that grain thing too :). I let her loose in there only while I'm there but I always put her back when I leave (I might start leaving her out there though. People always leave their horses in the arena or in the other two areas. I'll put her in one of them sometime. (I haven't yet cause there are always already horses in there and I don't feel it's right to steal their area when they had it first)). The only problem is when I put her in there she only stays to the side closest to the barn so I'll try to put her in one of the farther two. Ok I never thought of that. I'll do that :).

I lunged her again today and she never gave me a hard time. She just kept going around very well. I just couldn't get her faster than a trot and once she got down to a walk I couldn't get her going faster again. So I'll try what you said. Also when someone's using the arena I just walk her around outside (of the arena) and do commands like whoa and stuff but I also say turn when we turn around. So when I was lunging her I'd stop her and say turn and she'd just turn right around :). She doesn't really like to go clockwise so she kept stopping and looking at me as if she was asking me if she could go the other way now. She was being very good :). I like that she stopped and asked instead of just doing it :) :).
    04-16-2009, 12:59 PM
I'll make this short
Horses need to see the whip as an extension of your hand. If you "pet" your horse with the whip as well as drive/direct them with it they won't be scared of it. Give her some feel good rubs with it.
    04-20-2009, 02:33 AM
She's not scared of it. I think she might have just been messing with me at the beginning cause she's definitely not afraid of it.

I haven't been lunging her for the past few days but I've been putting her in the back pasture and getting her running. So she's getting her exercise. She's really enjoying getting to stretch her legs and run :).

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