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post #31 of 38 Old 10-29-2012, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Tracer View Post

And so, I made a decision. When I buy my horse, I am going to have a minimum of 2 months with no riding faster than a walk. .........
Great concept: ease up to your boundaries and look at 'em, lean on 'em and even (when you're ready) push on them a little but DON'T just try to blast through 'em!

...so a horse walks into a bar and the bar tender says "why the long face?"...
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post #32 of 38 Old 10-29-2012, 07:22 PM
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A technique my daughter's instructor told me which seems to work:

When you are getting tense along with your horse, audibly inhale, hold for 2-3 seconds, then audibly breathe out. Keep repeating until you are both less tense. If the horse hasn't quite hit the fan, so to speak, sing. Something slow, like Red River Valley:

Unbroke Hoss may not be the right song :

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post #33 of 38 Old 10-29-2012, 08:33 PM
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I bought my first horse when i was 27. He was everything i thought i wanted. 17.3 imported warmblood. Beautiful jumping bloodlines. However, he was a spook, he was a dirty stopper, and was ultimately ruined by his previous owner. I was devastated. Not knowing what to do, i sold him. I bought my second horse (whom is my current jumper), and he was also spooky, dangerous, reactive, and ruined by his previous owners. I decided to get off my rear and do something about it... so i found the forum, and i bought a billion books, and i hired a "natural horsemanship trainer". I cocktailed all the things i learned to finally end up with the horse he is now... i knew he was in there somewhere! It's been a little over a year, and i'm still learning. I'm still very careful. I don't ride alone, i don't ride without a helmet, and i know how far i can push him before he can become explosive. But it's taken an incredible amount of time and patience. Hang in there... cause if you can... if you do... it will be the most rewarding relationship!
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post #34 of 38 Old 11-03-2012, 04:33 PM
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what a fantastic thread. I always learn so much here!!

OP good luck.
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post #35 of 38 Old 11-04-2012, 09:32 AM
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It's amazing to me how a long, hard ride can help a horse.

Steep mountains, lots of rocks, lots of mud and 20+ miles......

I'd be willing to bet you'll have a different horse the next day.....

Ride him till he thinks he can't go another mile. Dawn till dark.
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post #36 of 38 Old 11-09-2012, 04:36 AM
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Do you have anybody to trail ride with? There is alot of good advice here. Sometimes if you find a buddy to ride with it helps too.

Horses sure can read whats going on inside the rider. Hang in there and keep singing. Only my mare enjoys my singing, can't sing a lick, if people are riding with us I spare them my voice.
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post #37 of 38 Old 11-10-2012, 07:32 PM
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I didn't read all the posts cause I got a tad lazy (sorry!), but I just wanted to say that I think lessons would be a great idea. When I'm riding my guy alone and he's being silly, I sometimes get so frustrated and focused on fixing that one problem that I forget to have fun, and other parts of my riding tend to get compromised in an effort to fix one thing. A lesson once in a while does a great deal to relax the both of us and remind me that I'm riding because I love it, and Demon being silly isn't the end of the world. Thanks to my trainer I've learned to laugh at my boy's antics and continue with our ride without letting it get me tense. Because of that we have made a great amount of progress, and although he will always be the type of horse that needs to be ridden 5-6 days a week to maintain a brain, I enjoy those rides much more than I used to.
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post #38 of 38 Old 11-13-2012, 09:51 PM
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Reading your story sounds so much like me and my recently new horse.
Ive always been an avid rider and owned horses for 15yrs - took a spill and had to live without a horse in my life for three years..
Now I am back in my passion again and going through the same thing you are!
Hang in there and you will build your confidence in time.
I do the one reign stop with my horse when needed (he spooks a lot)
And just keep him in big open area's to ride in until he gets use to me and the new area.
Just recently I went to a trainer and I'll start riding lessons all over again to gain my confidence.
Best of luck to you and your big beautiful horse.
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