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        07-15-2010, 10:33 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    I Have Problems!

    I just got Tango out after a week lay-off (because of soreness) and she is worse than ever before. I know, I know she was in the field for a week and is probably just full of it, but...I don't know. We really didn't have a good ride. In the end, yes, I did get her to a relaxed walk, and we were able to follow a measured walk home, but...I mean, at the start, as soon as I was seated on her, she tried to walk off, which she just doesn't do, and then refused to back up, and then tried to trot without my cue. I really hope it was just spirits, and not my bad influence.

    Having said all that, I know I have some pretty major problems. Well, for one, I need to be bolder and more dominant in the saddle. I've improved loads from even a few months ago, but I'm still very quiet in the saddle, because she seems to be very responsive to legs. I feel like I definitely am not being the leader in this situation, and she's not really listening or caring what I'm saying because I'm not being dominant enough. And also, probably the worst habit I could ever develop is whenever we're out just riding along, my brain gets so bored that it drifts inward and focuses entirely on the horse. So that means I ride based on her mood, trying to get her relaxed; every flick of her ears, her body language etc, and obviously I get nothing done, because it inflates her ego and makes her bored and a brat because she doesn't have anything productive to do. And obviously, being so focused on her and trying to get her relaxed at the same time is just not going to work. She's the kind of horse that you basically need to disregard and then she realizes she's got no choice but to settle down because acting up doesn't get her anywhere. We're one and the same in that we both need to have a mental challenge, or we both go bonkers. Every time I notice myself doing this, I give myself a kick and start looking up and out and planning patterns or something to do, and normally she'll settle down, but that's just the trouble: a lot of times I don't even notice myself doing it, so I can't stop.

    Any tips or suggestions? Mostly for the focusing on Tango I just need to notice more, but how can I be more "in-command" while I'm on her back?
         
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        07-15-2010, 11:34 AM
      #2
    Green Broke
    My mare is like that (she used to harness race) You kinda just need to say I don't give a **** about your mood! Were doing this!.. Doing circles, side stepping, serpents are always good for strengthening muscles as well as backing up, you could also try trotting poles or just find sticks or big objects to go over and around.
    If she is kinda hyper try lunging her. Ground work will keep her mind interested and she might be a little nicer if you do some before a ride! :)
         
        07-15-2010, 11:35 AM
      #3
    Green Broke
    And maybe a good gallop would settle her down too :)
         
        07-15-2010, 12:29 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Sorry I don't have any advice I just wanted to say good luck. From what I have read you have already overcame so much. You can do it!!!
         
        07-15-2010, 02:19 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dizzynurse    
    sorry I don't have any advice I just wanted to say good luck. From what I have read you have already overcame so much. You can do it!!!
    Thanks =)

    And Ray Macdonald, thanks for your advice. I guess I just need to man up and stop caring so much about her mood. And previously I did take her for a long gallop. She settled down, but that was before she had a week off. Now I should do it again, but I don't know if I should be putting stress on the leg so soon.
         
        07-15-2010, 02:27 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    I use to ride a mare who was a lot like this. I was in her mouth CONSTANTLY, trying to get her to slow down. Eventually we both just got mad at each other and made no progress.


    Do you have a round pen, paddock or field? What I did was give her what she wanted until she didn't want it anymore. Tango wants to trot? Since you love her so much, why not put her into a good canter or extended trot? Every time she takes a step trotting, push her into a canter. Soon she'll realize it's a lot less work to just walk quietly.
         
        07-15-2010, 02:31 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
    I use to ride a mare who was a lot like this. I was in her mouth CONSTANTLY, trying to get her to slow down. Eventually we both just got mad at each other and made no progress.


    Do you have a round pen, paddock or field? What I did was give her what she wanted until she didn't want it anymore. Tango wants to trot? Since you love her so much, why not put her into a good canter or extended trot? Every time she takes a step trotting, push her into a canter. Soon she'll realize it's a lot less work to just walk quietly.
    Hmm...to me, Tango doesn't seem like the horse that it would work on. She has SO much energy, she is never tired. Even when she is tired, she's still eager to run the second you ask her. If I were to do that we'd be out there literally from dawn to dusk. A gallop works better in the energy-burning department, but again, not sure I should.
         
        07-15-2010, 04:33 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    Teach her to focus on you. Teach her that she should be waiting and waiting for what you want, and she doesn't get to choose what you are going to do. My advice is transitions. Horses LOVE when people throw in crazy transitions. Walk, canter, trot, canter, walk, trot, walk, trot, canter, walk, canter, trot, etc etc etc. This will make her entirely focused on you, and with you in control and changing things up all of the time, you can become more comfortable and stronger in the saddle. Good luck!
         
        07-16-2010, 11:54 AM
      #9
    Green Broke
    All very good advice but yeah I might hold of on the gallop for a little while, I'd say walk and trot (transitions are good as said before^) then after a week then maybe try galloping.
         
        07-16-2010, 12:03 PM
      #10
    Started
    On hot horses, I always do TONS of transitions to get them to listen to me. The hotter the horse, the more transitions. You can also try directional changes, circles, ect. This works on energetic and distracted horses, because the transitions aren't for tiring them out, but for keeping their mind on you. Its sort of like saying, "HEY, LISTEN TO ME."

    Soon your horse will be looking to you to know when to transition, and you'll have their full attention. Simply do transitions until she seems to be tuned into you.
         

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