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post #11 of 21 Old 03-24-2013, 10:55 PM
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While I haven't had the fall induced fear, I did used to cringe on trail rides anytime I heard the word canter come into the conversation. I always expected something to go wrong. Fall or not, the fear was there. Fast forward a few years, today it was me asking to canter and having a ball flying down the path in the woods. You will get there when you're ready.

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post #12 of 21 Old 04-07-2013, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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Well finally got the nerve and took Max out for a little road ride. He loved it only went for about 10 minutes to where I felt comfortable then turned around to come home. Will build on the spot and go abit further each time.

Feel sorry for Max not getting a decent ride in though. Poor little guy threw a little tantrum when I asked him to turn back home. Kinda funny all the posts I see about horses being nappy and herd bound. I get the one that wants to be out and about and doesn't care that he is alone and plays up when asked to go home!
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post #13 of 21 Old 04-07-2013, 09:01 AM
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Liligirl, I had one like that, they are rare. If he wants to scout out the trails, let him. If he's happy he'll look after you. These are called forward thinking horses. Look up how Klaus Hempfling describes this temperment, he refers to it as Pilgrim. My horse had a sense of humor. As we got to a trail he'd stop, look at me with his left eye. He was asking permission to take the trail. If I decided no, I'd feel his body lift as tho to buck. I'd tell him "oh, quit" and he'd relax and look for the next trail. He always asked first. These horses seem to be trail smart too, ie leave them alone and let them sort it out.
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post #14 of 21 Old 04-07-2013, 10:46 AM
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I, too had a horse that hated to come home-she kept going slower & slower the closer we got to home-but, if we passed it, she picked up speed & was happy. Most of my horses have loved to go, but are happy to go home also.
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Liligirl, I had one like that, they are rare. If he wants to scout out the trails, let him. If he's happy he'll look after you. These are called forward thinking horses. Look up how Klaus Hempfling describes this temperment, he refers to it as Pilgrim. My horse had a sense of humor. As we got to a trail he'd stop, look at me with his left eye. He was asking permission to take the trail. If I decided no, I'd feel his body lift as tho to buck. I'd tell him "oh, quit" and he'd relax and look for the next trail. He always asked first. These horses seem to be trail smart too, ie leave them alone and let them sort it out.
I suspect Max wants to be out off the property as I maybe treated him too much like a seasoned horse. His third ride I took him out alone on a road ride. That was him from there either trekking with other horses or road riding in company and alone. He learnt the basics while out and about.

Ask him to do circles in a paddock now and he will will try you every chance he gets!!
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Liligirl, I had one like that, they are rare. If he wants to scout out the trails, let him. If he's happy he'll look after you. These are called forward thinking horses. Look up how Klaus Hempfling describes this temperment, he refers to it as Pilgrim. My horse had a sense of humor. As we got to a trail he'd stop, look at me with his left eye. He was asking permission to take the trail. If I decided no, I'd feel his body lift as tho to buck. I'd tell him "oh, quit" and he'd relax and look for the next trail. He always asked first. These horses seem to be trail smart too, ie leave them alone and let them sort it out.
I also had a Pilgrim and I ditto what you write! They are wonderfull horses - the best friend I ever had!
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Liligirl, I had one like that, they are rare. If he wants to scout out the trails, let him. If he's happy he'll look after you. These are called forward thinking horses. Look up how Klaus Hempfling describes this temperment, he refers to it as Pilgrim. My horse had a sense of humor. As we got to a trail he'd stop, look at me with his left eye. He was asking permission to take the trail. If I decided no, I'd feel his body lift as tho to buck. I'd tell him "oh, quit" and he'd relax and look for the next trail. He always asked first. These horses seem to be trail smart too, ie leave them alone and let them sort it out.
I also had a Pilgrim and I ditto what you write! They are wonderfull horses - the best friend I ever had! To be happy they do sometimes really need the allowance to follow new tracks and it is a great journey together - they are really very brave too. Sorry I repetaed myself - I am not yet that familiar with this kind of communication :)
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Lilligirl, I would tt CHERIE about this. I took a few bad falls after I took a flighty horse to an event and he threw me when a cannon went off and broke my arm. Later, when horse shopping, I broke my own rules and got on a green horse I was looking at and he bucked as soon as I asked from a trot from a walk.
You FEARS are REAL and you need to work through them without letting your green horse hurt you AGAIN. I would learn about ground training and do this for several months. You will get a great deal of confidence getting your horse to be obedient from the ground and working on PERFECT behavior. He will see you as the leader and stop this disrespectful behavior your wrote about.

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OP, I know the feeling! I had had
My new horse for about 3 months when a lapse in judgement led me to bail: I had runkeeper going on my phone to map my trails, and stopped him to take a peek at it. He's always been a calm, unflappable horse (or do I though.) but when the neighbor's mare just on the other side of a bank "blew" he spooked and took off running for the highway. I did not have the reins in my hands, and couldn't gather them up. Finally I bailed because I figured that was a better option than getting run into the road. Luckily he and the dog decided they wanted to remain in the field instead of going into the road. I landed on my head, neck, hip, butt, everything all at once and slid for a good 15 feet.

The next time I went to ride, I stayed in our ring and was very tense. I was afraid I had lost the confidence I had had pre accident, and in a way I did. It took riding out in the fields for me to regain my confidence (I still get off and walk past the place he spooked) I am not nearly to the level I was, and I am much more aware of my surroundings, but I am again out enjoying the trails with my horse! I have also realized that riding in the company of more experienced riders helps to quell my fears, and their confidence rubs off on me. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you can find a way to overcome those demons!
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to become more un nervous of your horse, you need to do a lot of the standard ground wor and develop that horse and rider relationship and bond, learn your horse's buttons, and get your horse to trust you, so that you can trust your horse :) spend some time just watching your horse in the pasture, sitting on a bucket and reading or even just watching what the horse reacts to, and what he doesnt or how he acts towardsother horses :)

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