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  • My horse is acting really tired and cranky could she be burned out from training?

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    12-17-2009, 09:35 PM
Green Broke
Come down here, we will have a party, and then all will be well. :)

No, in all seriousness, just go out and gallop. When I don't want to ride, or lose the incentive to do "work" I get on Blue with her halter, put my hair down and just run. Or I get on Geof and really get him going in a Steeplechase gallop. It usually helps me go, hey, even though it's off season, I can still have fun! Maybe try a gymkahana? Running barrels? You can sometimes do this in an english saddle.
Also, looking at my ribbons and pics from shows, I think, look at what I've done, let's see how much more I can do!
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    12-17-2009, 09:59 PM
I feel like that after I long show season. I usually just ride bareback & mess about with the horses for a couple weeks until I think up some new goals that really motivate me. Then I will start working or taking lessons again.
    12-18-2009, 12:57 AM
When I start feeling burnt out - I get on a pony and go for a burl. I find just riding a pony who will go all day, not worrying about my position, or the horses position - Just riding - Really re-invigorates me.
    12-18-2009, 02:23 AM
I quite often get burnt out and find it hard to have the motivation to ride my young comp horse as he requires SO much effort and we have alot riding on him so it has to be perfect. I ride for a living so after working with 6 young horses (some of them breakers) I then have to deal with my boy and my other pony who I'm breaking in.
The best thing to do is have a week away from them - go up and feed them, change rugs, muck out etc and leave!! You'll be surprised how quickly they realise what they are missing out on and start being super friendly LOL. If I'm still unmotivated I just lunge them - I never ride if I'm tired, I get cranky and its not fair on them.
Another thing I do is write on my calendar in the tack shed all my shows etc coming up - tends to motivate me to get ready!!
    12-18-2009, 03:24 PM
Green Broke
^REally, when I'm cranky, it helps to ride! Lol it calms me!
    12-18-2009, 04:23 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for the great suggestions, guys.

I'm going out to ride in a minute so I don't have much time to type but...

Gillian- I am getting ready to post Uma on a couple of sites and spread the word out here. I need to get her sold sooner rather than later to make sure that she will be gone by college. I might know someone who will want to ride her until she is sold. She's very hard to ride, I'm not going to lie. But she's a great XC and SJ horse. She just doesn't like repetative flat work.

Well, off to ride. Blah
    12-18-2009, 04:28 PM
Green Broke
How high in eventing could she go?
    12-18-2009, 06:35 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
How high in eventing could she go?
I don't really know. I've had top trainers tell me she could to Intermediate or above. She's a phenominal jumper and has unlimited potential in that department. Buck Davidson's words when he first saw her jump were "****!" haha. It's her dressage that's the hard part. If someone could get really comfortable with her then they could get by in dressage. Her best score was a 39. It's just really hard for her.

She would make a great showjumper too. But she really really REALLY loves cross country. She's done up to Training regularly and some Prelim jumps.
    12-18-2009, 07:52 PM
Green Broke
Cause both Anno and Spencer sold their ponies and are shopping around.
    12-18-2009, 08:22 PM
Good luck on the burnout. I ignored my horse for a while when I got burned out. I don't compete so he was ok in a pasture for a while. When I played with him more again he had missed me. I felt so bad for ignoring him, but he had gotten a little piss and vinager back which made me realize I needed to go work him more. Try to make it a little less competition for yourself every once in a while. It's good for the horses too. Take a nice little trail ride, or just run. Wither one can help make you adn your horse feel better.

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