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post #1 of 11 Old 07-01-2008, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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I need some help with a mare of mine! She is 11yrs old and exteremely sweet! The guy we bought her from bought her from a guy who hauls horses to Canada to slaughter. :( She has been very mishandled. She has come so far from what she was. But She has NO whoa!! I do not know how to come about fixing this problem with her. I've delt with this problem with 2 of my other horse. But the way I fix it just Does not work with her!! What I do is say whoa! When they finally come to a hault I make them take as many steps back as thay took forward after I said whoa and as they back I say Whoa in a stern voice. This usually works! It worked for me, my mom, and my friend! But she won't take to it! WHAT DO I DO!! Please let me know If you have any ideas!! Thanks!!
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-01-2008, 03:52 PM
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I'll give you the same response I give everyone. Start back to the basics. Excellent way to start up on a better foot and take her through all the proper training now. Will eliminate all the gaps that she might have such as the issue you have now and you can correct other issues along the way.

I teach my babies to whoa by ground driving them. It's very safe and it's a lot easier for them to learn in that setting. You can verify she has a steering wheel as well. Lots can be done with ground driving.

I love starting a horse from the start. You can build such an incredible bond when you you're able to clear things up as you go.

Good Luck.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-01-2008, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanx!! I'm going to start Parelli with her soon! Just don't know when!! lol! Thanks again for the tip!
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-01-2008, 06:39 PM
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Twister had a very iffy whoa when we got him. He just needed a refresher. What we did with him was to walk him in hand and we would randomly stop and say whoa. We wouldn't look at him or anything just stop short and "whoa" he eventually got the idea that whoa meant stop. He has been fine in the saddle ever since.

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post #5 of 11 Old 07-01-2008, 07:09 PM
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I suggest learning the one-rein stop :)

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post #6 of 11 Old 07-01-2008, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you very much everyone!! Yes she knows the one rein stop. :o We use it often!
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-01-2008, 08:13 PM
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First I want to say bless you for taking a horse bound for slaughter.
My girl didn't know whoa either when I got her. We did lots of one rein stops from the saddle and lots of ground work. I finally had to walk her into a corner over and over saying whoa she finally got it, I'm sure your girl will too.

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post #8 of 11 Old 07-01-2008, 08:56 PM
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If you plan to ride her still knowing how to do the pulley rein stop might be a good idea

I had a mare that was quite hot alllll the time. She was a reg. TB and loved to run. Her solution to everything was to take off and she was quite good at it. Quickly learned to do the stop.

I would really recommend working on the stop from the ground tho before venturing back on.

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post #9 of 11 Old 07-06-2008, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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THanks everyone for all the help!! But I finally figured her out!! LOL!!! She has a pretty good whoa now!! I really appreciate all your help!!

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post #10 of 11 Old 07-06-2008, 06:12 PM
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Everyone else pretty much covered it- yesss 1-rein stops will help you a lot.
Oh, I'm glad she's doing much better!! That's awesome to hear.

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