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        10-12-2010, 02:06 AM
    Green Broke
    Keep asking for the trot. When she speeds up stop asking. First time ask for a few strides, then progress and keep asking for nore strides and more speed.
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        10-12-2010, 02:58 AM
    She is cute and your position in the saddle is good. You look like you two will be a really nice pair in time.
    I am glad to hear that you are not in any hurry to get where you want to get. So, with that attitude you'll get there sooner than if you try to rush it.
    Could be that the horse kind of gets "stuck" when she is asked to move her feet faster . She probably is still working out how to balance herself with a rider on top. We humans don't really give enough "weight" to how much balance matters to horses. As prey animals, they are extremely concerned about keeping their feet and anything that threatens their balance is worrysome. Now, of course you aren't asking the world of her, but maybe she just hasn't realized how to move freely with the weight of a human on top.
    If you ask for a trot and she seems "stuck", you might try turning her and walking off, then asking again.
    I think I would do a lot more work in the round pen having her change directions, go up and down the gaits (into canter , too).
    Will she follow the leadline pressure well? Lots of work getting her soft to the leadrope will soften her attitude also.
        10-12-2010, 09:21 AM
    Thanks for the tips, everyone. I forgot to say though (and this is very exciting for me) that when I rode yesterday, I actually did get her to trot a few times going in both directions. All I had to do was tap her with the crop a couple times and then she listened very well. I'm pretty pleased with this little mare and all she has done for me thus far. I'm also really excited to show her next year.
        10-12-2010, 09:44 AM
    Welcome to the Haflinger World!! I have a 12yo mare, and she's wonderful.

    There's an awesome Yahoo Group for Haflinger owners, come check us out! :)

    Oh, and a Haflinger is still VERY young at age 3. She won't be finished growing/maturing till between 5-6, so go slow and easy with her! I'm guessing she'll get a little larger in the next few years.
        10-12-2010, 10:16 AM
    I hope she will get a bit larger! I'm taking this super slow with her; I don't take her out of the round pen yet or anything and yesterday was the first time I rode with a saddle. I'm starting to take a liking to her and the breed..If she turns out well, I might just be forced to drag her to college with me.

    She's super smart though. She barely even bats an eye at anything when I'm riding or working with her. She's only spooked once and that was yesterday, but then she calmed down very quickly. She's definitely one of those confidence boosting horses.
        10-13-2010, 11:59 PM
    Hey everyone. I just got a new horse. 5 yo tb mare. How many days should I wait to ride her. She just got to her mrs home today. Don't want to rush her but I would like to ride eventually. How long should I wait so she can adjust?
        10-14-2010, 09:03 PM
    I rode my mare just a few hours after I got her home, but I tested her out with a sack of feed and many other ways to make sure she was okay before I rode.
        10-15-2010, 01:24 AM
    Green Broke
    I gave mine the day off to adjust. I rode them the next day.
        10-15-2010, 10:20 AM
    Thnx everyone!

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