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    09-14-2011, 12:49 AM
Please help my horse and I..

Hello from Texas :) Some of you have probably read my other posts about my mare Sadie. Well we were making progress...well one step forward two steps back huh. Today I rode her, after being gone all weekend. And she did decent at first, but started acting up. She kept trotting when I didn't ask, and once I got her stopped when I asked her to go forward she would back up got sideways and just prance around like and idiot. I did half halts to keep her in a walk (started working) (have to finish)
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    09-14-2011, 12:53 AM
But as soon as I turned her around, she'd take off again at a trot. (the green grass and her hay is that direction) and so I have issueswith balance at a trot (doing better) and well I'd completley lose my position and just all over do horrible ha. I got pretty scared...because she wouldnt stop. And just yanked to get her to stop...I feel horrible...well anyway. Some advice would be nice...btw I ride western. Thanks.
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    09-14-2011, 01:12 AM
Sounds like you are just dealing with a bit of a unruly horse who knows that you are unable to command obedience. REally, the only thing that will help you is to get some lessons , prefereably on Sadie. I know you wanted specific advice. But really, you need to have a stronger seat before you can deal with some of the behaviours she may throw out. And being able to get her respect on the ground ,too, will make riding work better.

Sorry I couldn't just offer a few pieces here and there. I am just being honest in saying that you need a more experienced person to give you some help. It'll go so much nicer . And every time you have a ride with Sadie that goes really poorly, where you have her going the way she wants to go, and you almost falling and all, it is actually training her to behave this way the next time.

Hope you can find a way to get some lessons. Good luck.
    09-14-2011, 03:12 AM
I don't have a whole lot experience with training horses or fixing problems, but the best advice I can give you is to teach your horse a one -rein stop. It is an emergency break that will stop you horse when the misbehave/take off/ spook. You teach the horse to flex their neck from the ground with the idea of pressure and release-treats really help to get the horse stretched out and flexible. I tough my gelding this and it is WONDERFUL! He has a habit of running through the bit and getting a bit goofy hen we ride out alone. If you search the forum you should find detailed instructions on how to teach this, or maybe someone with more experience can give you more information/instructions.
Another thing that I use is CA's idea to make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. If my horse is really misbehavin, I will get off no matter where I am and lunge him, and back him up until he realizes he is NOT having fun. Or lots of little tight circles while on hie back...
Sorry again that my advice isnt very detailed, or based on a lot of experience. Good Luck!
    09-14-2011, 02:29 PM
Lessons arent really an much as I wish I could. Its basicly like..I either keep my horses without lessons or take lessons and sell both of my horses. Which I couldnt stand to do! I want to make this horse work out.. She really is a good girl. Im just not a super patient person and tend to get frustrated easily. My mom thinks maybe she's hungry, and I should feed her before.. Any of you agree that could be a problem? Also..she seems to act up more when I ask her turn to the left.. Maybe a tooth? I checked her mouth out to see if I could see any obvious problems and saw a purplish spot..could it be a bruise or just odd coloring? I think it may be a bruise because this guy I know thinks he is rough and tough cowboy and tried showing me some things and was hauling on her mouth. Yeah..he couldnt even get on her..she almost fell over and had to brace herself to stay upright. Needless to stay, I was pretty pissed.. But anyway lol , I have worked on the one rein stop and it seems to help but as soon as we get going is back to not listening. I have done halfhalts to keep her in a walk and it also helped. If you were wondering, I use a smooth straight egg butt snaffle no joint or anything. Anx she respong greeeat with it when turning and tucking in her nose...stopping, not so much...but id like to keep her soft and responsive to the mildest bit I could use. I don't want to haaave to use a strong bit.
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    09-14-2011, 02:49 PM
I'm sorry to say that what you are describing sounds like a recipe for complete disaster, and inexperienced person, who has a short temper, trying to train a horse, the only advice I can give you is advice you wont want to hear.

Sell the horses, get lessons, and when you have learned how to handle horses, buy another one.
    09-14-2011, 03:05 PM
Well... You are not alone... Some days I feel like I'm months back again. Horses are live creatures and have their days too. Don't be discouraged!

First of all, you can lunge her before the actual ride to take some oats off her. Although I'm not a biggest fan of lunging it helps sometime. Second, when she tries to run bring her back to walk, walk quietly and ask for transition into trot. If trot is nice - just keep going, if not - walk again and ask again. If she's prancing and trying to go sideways - leg on to go forward and give a release as long as she gives.

I'd suggest to look into lessons with the good trainer though. Good luck!
    09-14-2011, 03:07 PM
Originally Posted by LovesMyDunnBoy    
Im just not a super patient person and tend to get frustrated easily.
You have to learn patience with animals. Period. That's the only way you can progress.

Why your mom thinks she's hungry? How much do you feed her? Sweet feed makes some horses really hot BTW.
    09-14-2011, 06:49 PM
Well I usually feed after I ride..and I feed two quarts of crimped oats. And the reason I grt frustrated is because I can get hurt if she decidss to run under our carport. On the ground etc I have the patience
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    09-14-2011, 10:46 PM
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Learn yor one rein stop so she can't run off on you. If you have that solid you generally should be able to stop her. Now I would say your best bet would be a trainer however since you say that is out of the question I suggest you try and build an area that will be safer to ride in.

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