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    09-14-2011, 11:09 PM
Awwww, sounds like you really want to ride and this horse isn't making it easy for you. First off, I would stop feeding the oats, it's known as a "hot" food. Switch to something extruded, ask at your feedstore, they will help you out. Then start reading articles on riding, rider position, etc. Get info & instructions with help videos online. Save up your money for even a monthly lesson. Ask for a lesson for a birthday gift, etc. Sometimes, at certain barns, the owner gives lessons, in exchange for a lesson, you can clean stalls, do chores. I know in the small town where I live, there is a stable owner right now who would gladly give you lessons in exchange for weekend barn duties. I am sure she can't be the only one. Good luck!
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    09-14-2011, 11:18 PM
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Where in Texas are you? Do you know any horse people who could help you out for free?
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    09-19-2011, 12:19 AM
I like in central Texas, near Abilene. And the only person I know lives in Dallas and is very busy.
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    09-19-2011, 09:46 PM
If you already know the one rein stop, I'd stay start there. Just let her trot a few steps at a time until you ask for walk and use it if you need to to get the proper response. Mares are 8 times more stubborn that geldings, so you may have to stop her over and over until she gets the idea that every single time she tries to run off with you, she will be stopped. Only then will she give up. Just make sure you're doing it correctly and releasing the rein the split second she comes to complete stop. If you keep any tension on it, there won't be anything in it for her. Once the one rein stop becomes more effective, go back to your normal riding, but keep it nearby for an emergency brake.
    09-20-2011, 02:30 PM
How do you teah a one rein stop?
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    09-21-2011, 05:22 PM
At a standstill pull the left rein just enough that the horse brings it's head around even just a little and release the pull. Work on this in increments until she will bring her nose around far enough that you can see her entire left eye. You don't have to crank it around to your boot. This will take some time to teach so be patient. If you don't hurry it she will start bringing her head around when you barely pull on the rein. Now when you've reached that point, use put your left leg back and move her hindquarters laterally (sideways). Then do this at the walk. When you are riding, carry a riding crop. Most horses have a sense of what it can do even if you never use it and their behaviour improves.
    09-22-2011, 02:31 PM
She has done better recenlty, she's only on hay which she does fine on..but I think it helped. But the only thing is when we trot zhe puts her head waaay down?
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    09-22-2011, 09:07 PM
Hold your reins steady above the slope in her shoulder and bump her with your legs, her head will come up. Don't pull, she'll win that contest.
    09-23-2011, 02:21 PM
I did something like this yesterday before I read this, seemed to work :) even with the yummy grass, which is only growing because I accidentaly left a hose on for 8 hours >.<
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    09-23-2011, 05:45 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
Do you feed directly after riding? That could stem some of your problems too. She's anticipating getting fed when you're done riding. Sadie may be thinking "Oh, once she gets off my back, I get all this tack off me, I don't have to work, and I get a belly full of good chow!" So she's going to be rotten the entire time hoping to win and get you off her back. My mare, Dandy, was VERY barn sour when I got her. She'd walk off really slow then as soon as you turned for home, you BETTER have a good hold on those reins because otherwise she'd shoot off like a rocketship. Luckily she wasn't mean enough to buck or anything. Just get REAL dancy, trot in place, and have fun with trying to stop her and make her stand still. She'd paw the ground and prance in place. I figured out it was because when we got home from a ride: BAM!! -Tack was off and as long as she was cooled down, she had a bucket of yummy bran and grain waiting for her. Of course she wanted to be done with the ride! To break her of this, when I got home from a ride I would walk her around the yard for a bit. Then when I got off, all I would do was marginally loosen her cinch (to be just a little more comfortable), tie her up, and wait 10-20 minutes before untacking her. Then, after pulling everything off and brushing her. Wait just a minute or two more before turning her loose with her grain. That way, it was INSTANT gratification when you got back home.

It sounds more like you're riding in just an area on your property? So you'd have to go about things a little differently. Same principle though. Do you have a fence? Does she act gate sour at all? Like her behavior gets worse while passing the gate or exit away from where you are riding?

How does she respect you on the ground? Sounds like she's just bullying you around a bit because she knows that you're still a little green yourself. :) I just caught up on some later posts here though and it sounds like you guys are starting to work things out a bit. Only thing I can say is make sure your hands are real quiet (not pulling on her mouth) when she's being good. She's probably just being a brat when she starts trotting with her head low like that, but also you could be bumping her mouth (not even realizing it) when your trotting if your not real balanced yet and that's causing her to go down and try and escape from the pressure. I know my friends horses, that are extremely well schooled, would do that if I wasn't paying attention and got too "loud" with my hands. They'd pull their heads down or become a little unresponsive when I'd ask them things with my reins -it's because my hands got too busy and they're just bracing against it because they don't trust my hand. It has taken awhile, but I have been working on "quieting" my hands a lot and I have found that the horses are now more trusting and responsive to my hands. -Not saying this is your problem, just another possibility that could be adding to things and something good to think about. Best of luck and keep us updated!

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