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post #1 of 21 Old 06-12-2012, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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I guess this is just life

So I told you all about how i felt relieved over the fact we were gonna sell muss and find something quieter? well guess what, ironically now I am gonna work with Muss by myself due to the fact my trainer that muss was gonna go to hurt his shoulder 2 days before he was supposed to go and cant ride or work with horses for 12 weeks and now the other trainer i've been reccomended is going away for 6 weeks.
So guess what. Im bringing a 6 year old 16.1hh thoroughbred that is a spoilt mule i can barely control on the ground back into work either tomorrow or the next day. No lunging since everytime i lunge it ends up not workinf since i dont know how to do it right, no ground work coz i dont know how to do it. I'm just gonna get on him in the round yard(yes will be wearing a helmet and protection vest) and see how he goes. Last time I bought him back into work he was naughty but okay, ive been on worse fresh horses. Last time he was ridden he threw both me and another person(he fell over with me riding him and he bucked my mate of as he had spurs on so its not like it was intention) but anyways I'm pretty frustrated but since noone can help me and all the trainers i ring and arrange things suddenly cant do it leaves me just this choice. I've contacted another trainer who may be able to work with him but im not sure yet as hes busy. Its ironic, i tell my parents how scared I am around him, they say we'll sell him, now one person says 'hes a good horse, just needs some work and has really nice legs and conformation' and BAM now I'm suspected to work magic on him, learn how to teach him over night.
I'm trying to save up money to buy a smaller quieter horse myself but so far have 300 dollars and need more like 5000. ugh i can't do horse riding lessons on another persons horse since i got kicked outta the only pony club here and the other one is the trainer thats going away for 6 weeks.
Honestly I swear trainers are literally running kicking and screaming away from us.
Ironic thing i've noticed in the past day or so, if i lead muss around with the lead rope hes resistant. if i walk beside him, no pressure on the lead rope and say woah and put my hand up in a stop gesture he stops. i taught him that a while back but yeh he does better that way then actually pressure on his lead rope.
But yeh thisll be fun.

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post #2 of 21 Old 06-12-2012, 08:22 AM
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I don't think you'll need 5k for a nice quiet horse :)

Can you take lessons on how to do groundwork and lunge - even if you have to go elsewhere and use another horse, you can bring back what youve learned.

What about sending him away? It sounds like you're trying to get a trainer to come to you and that might be difficult for people (as it sounds like you've been experiencing).
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-12-2012, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Nah the trainers I was gonna send him to is unable to work with horses for 12 weeks now and im waiting on one trainer who may be able to fit him in but not very sure yet. Where I live theres two riding places where you dont need to own your own horse to ride- one refuses to let me there again due to my spine and the other is the lady i was gonna get to come help me but is going away in 2 days time for 6 weeks.

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post #4 of 21 Old 06-12-2012, 08:56 AM
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Alright missy, time to get ejumacated on ground work. It's very simple. Infact I got kind of into depth about it on this one thread.. let me try and find it.

Any Advice on Anything Please!

Read up, watch videos, PM people on the forum (like Cherie, tinyliny, loosie, Kayty, etc.) and ask for help. Try and get someone to film your sessions so you can review and watch them later and figure out what you could have done better.

Best of luck as you're waiting for a trainer's help.

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post #5 of 21 Old 06-12-2012, 01:44 PM
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please don't ever get on a horse you cant handle from the ground, even if you feel you have no choice. if you break something and cant ride or even walk for 8 weeks you'll wish you said no. Stick to ground work for now.
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post #6 of 21 Old 06-12-2012, 01:49 PM
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please don't ever get on a horse you cant handle from the ground, even if you feel you have no choice. if you break something and cant ride or even walk for 8 weeks you'll wish you said no. Stick to ground work for now.
I agree. Don't let ANYONE push you around and manipulate you into doing anything you don't want to do. The only one that controls you- is YOU. And you don't sound ready to get on him. Listen to yourself. You are the only one that can put yourself on that horse.
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-12-2012, 04:32 PM
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i agreee with sky on this one!!! talk to the experienced people on this forum via pm's and see what advice they can offer you. you are having some bad luck missy and HF members i bet will help you thru this you just need to ask :)

before you start anything... what type of facilities do you have to work with?? roundpen made out of the panels, a closed round pen, an arena, a field, etc...people will need to know what you are working with to give you advice.

i think if i remember correctly this is the horse that went crazy from being lunged and got loose and run threw fencing correct??

but seriously do not get on him when you know he will be naughty you will just set both you and the horse upto fail. which will not help either of you. start pm'ing ppl now lol and you will be able to figure out what to do until a trainer is available to help you.

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post #8 of 21 Old 06-18-2012, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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I cant do ground work on him thats my biggest problem.
Anyways massive updates. After the two trainers in bundy both were unable to take muss I got desperate and asked a friend who is also a trainer as he owns an appaloosa stud farm so this morning he bought his float out and helped me fight muss to get him in the float. after half an hour of trying to encourage him in and getting nowhere, we gave him a tiny bit of hay from inside the float and bam he jumped on. we got him out there and he was very eexcited and amazingly he settled down in about 5 minutes. the owner gave us a tour of all his horses and wow am ii impressed by all his horses manners so fingers crossed muss'll come back with even half the manners they have. I heard from him this afternoon and hes already lunged muss and got on him and went for a walk and trot. i've warned him that muss had a habit of going threw fences and being incredibly stubborn and he bucks with spurs and the trainer rides with spurs so fingers crossed.
Hes going to work on lunging, respect and ground for next few days and then deal with the cantering problems in a few days when muss has really settled down and hes gotten to know him and work him abit more. Or so this is how I'm taking everything. I'm quiet worried, didnt think id get this stressed by him being an hour away from me and not gonna see him until i get time to go out there so yeh fingers crossed. Also hopefully he will do some work with me and muss together and then when muss comes home i'll be riding him everyday if possible and if it doesnt work out then i'll sell him on to someone more capable. we'll just see what happens
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Just remember when you get him back you`ll have to maintain the training, keep your expectation for Muss` ground manners high and demand the respect. Good luck, hopefully it works out and you not hurt.
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On wednesday im going to spend the day at a friends property with her horses which have very good ground manners so fingers crossed i can get a bit of confidence on the ground back around them and learn a few things as the owner will possibly be lunging a few and show me a few things.
Might go for a ride on an old arab i used to ride that she owns, worse trot ever but he was a pretty dopey cute horse ^^ (only arab i like) reminds me of a camel.
My friends also offered me a position to help her do some led shows if im interested with some of her horses in 6 months time so that could open up a big door but we'll see what happens.
Then my trainers working with muss and so when he comes home i'll be workingwith him a lot like hopefully everyday.
My trainer says he'll get him walk trot cantering and backing up with no issues at all in a few weeks, depends how long it takes since each horse is different. the idea of muss cantering normally...relief.
Also i've decided i'm going to save up my money and buy a smaller older horse in the future. Something about 14.2hh, i dont care what breed except not thoroughbred, calm and quiet. i've save about a quarter of how much i'll need so far but im in no hurry to buy another horse yet right now since id rather have tonnes extra to buy tack and keep for just in case sitautions. but anyway, those are all the strange rather different openings. For once im not sitting on the couch stressing, worrying about what im doing with muss tomorrow, or the next day, whether i should sell him. I feel like somethings finally worked out finally. so we'll see how everythng pans out

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