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    07-18-2011, 10:31 PM
Green Broke

I am so very frusterated at my horse and our riding! I love my horse but I suck at riding her.It's a constant battle unless we are on trails..we are happy if we are on trails but in the arena she refuses to work. I don't want a new horse and have no intentions on selling her. I just don't UNDERSTAND.

Does anyone else have any issue similar to this? What is your pet peeve when it comes to your horses? Mine has the WORSE work ethic on the planet.
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    07-18-2011, 10:35 PM
Originally Posted by Gidget    
I am so very frusterated at my horse and our riding! I love my horse but I suck at riding her.It's a constant battle unless we are on trails..we are happy if we are on trails but in the arena she refuses to work. I don't want a new horse and have no intentions on selling her. I just don't UNDERSTAND.

Does anyone else have any issue similar to this? What is your pet peeve when it comes to your horses? Mine has the WORSE work ethic on the planet.
Subbing to comment on more detail later. About a year ago I was having so many problems with Jake that I almost retired him (He was wayyyyy to dangerous to sell at the time) and stopped riding for good. I have a huge long story that I will post tonight. Lol I'll try to shorten it though. ;)
    07-18-2011, 11:03 PM
Green Broke
I had a horse in for training much like that, also a mare. She was great on trails but hated arenas. She saw no point in them as she wasn't going anywhere, in her mind. Her owner was frustrated as well.
In her case I found that she really wasn't all that well trained, broke yes but not trained.
I started her over with baby step training, taught her what a bit was for, how to use herself, that kind of stuff. She now likes arenas & her trail riding has also improved.
    07-18-2011, 11:34 PM
Green Broke
Currently I cannot pay a trainer =/ I have to pay a vet bill and it's a big one! But after that I imagine I can do so. I try and come up with excuses saying" oh,poor Gidget was an ex gamer and she was only taught to run and do the patterns so it's okay"...OF COURSE IT ISN'T OKAY! Yea,I feel bad for her as she has had sucky training apparently but I don't know how to fix it and it just frustrates the crap out of me. She doesn't collect,she cuts corners,doesn't flex and bend,pins her ears back majority of the time but other times she has them up and moving back and forth I notice. She also is unbalanced as she does cross fire and my trainer mentioned it's a balance issue which makes since.....This pony is a project and she does give mares a BAD name. I wouldn't call her dangerous but I only let select riders ride her.
    07-19-2011, 12:10 AM
I don't remember how old G is, but it might be that you just have to settle for a trail horse. I used to ride a thbd who hated arena work, but was insanely good on trails. Nothing loved more than a good gallop down a straight trail and his ability to jump logs was awesome. I did miss doing dressage on him, so I just sucked it up and paid to use lesson horses. Those lesson horses were nutcases in the woods. Scared of everything.

You really can't have it all.
    07-19-2011, 12:20 AM
Green Broke
I guess that's true. Gidget is 9 yrs. She is an angel on the trails but I would still like her to learn how to "survive" in the arena without trying to take me everywhere that I DON'T want to go :P I'm going to go trail riding this week so it will be nice for her. I want to become a great rider even though my horse is a hellian. When I ride out in the pasture she is great but it seems that arenas really bother her. Still I want to learn how to control her in arena and maybe have her in a month of training eventually just to see if it is possible for to do dressage or jumping. Tomorrow I have a lesson on her but I am going to ask if I can hit the trails first so we can just relax.
    07-19-2011, 12:34 AM
That is how my APHA Rem is, he is in training now and one day we can do a trotting side pass across the dressage arena, then the next day he acts like he can't side pass at all. But these are the horses, that when they work, they work! I wouldnt sell my Rem, even though I can work up a sweat trotting around for 5 minutes, I think its good for us riders, the farther along we get the better it is, lessons have really helped our bond and we are getting better each time, hopefully your lesson can help you guys out :)
Maybe setting up some jumps can help, we used to be all over the arena but he really likes jumping, it makes him happy, he focuses and thus he is much nicer to ride. Plus jumping is fun!
    07-19-2011, 12:39 AM
Okay, now for my story. =o I'll try and make it short.

A year ago I finally was able to financially support my horse (he lived with my dad about 800 miles away....divorced parents) and brought him down. Long story short, my horse is the opposite of yours. He is a monster out on trails. He is horribly barn sour, randomly gets hyped up (he doesn't spook but will build up energy until he explodes) and I imagine I tense/have tensed up when I'm in a more dangerous situation (on the road/around cars/next to rough terrain/cliffs) and he swings himself into what ever I'm telling him to stay away from.

Now all of that is normal and expect, what I didn't expect was for him to get worse overtime. I thought more trail riding and he would eventually calm down. Well it just got worse, he started rearing and leaping vertically into the air. He would jump into anything or anyone. He tackled several horses (with riders), caused eye trauma from launching into a fence, would jump into the river crossing. I could not keep this horses front feet on the ground, he would canter in place, and rear every two steps. Once this started his arena work went to crap. He wouldn't canter consistently. If he had any bit pressure he would throw himself into the bit, slide to a stop and do several mini rears. I was at my mental limit, trainers were baffled, and vets found no pain. He fought everything I did, my soft mouthed horse spent 70% of every ride pulling as hard as he could against the bit, giving himself cuts and I had severe rope burn on both my hands.

Then he fell once while rearing, I managed to jump off easily. But was giving up on me, once he fell it took me about 10 minutes to convince him to get back up. A week later he had done this 3 times. At the end of the week he threw himself over backwards with no warning, was very very lucky and escaped being landed on by inches.

It was then that I wanted to give up, I had good reasons to. He was a danger to himself and anyone around him. Honestly, I don't know why I considered to keep riding but I did.

I gave him two weeks off, moreover myself two weeks off. Then restarted him, worked on ground work then moved to riding in a halter. Now he hasn't reared out of frustration/on trail in 4 months. He is doing lovely in the arena as well. Jake and I are probably horrible for each other, we know how to piss each other off and bicker between us. =) But in the end we somehow get the job done.

Its hard and it takes time, try playing games in the arena instead of working. Try working on teaching things slowly instead of just going in circles, work on leg cues, turns on the hind and fore....and so on. Keep it light and fun.
    07-19-2011, 12:42 AM
Green Broke
We have a strong bond...just not in the saddle..not yet anyways. I just wish someone other than me will tell me that yes,she can do this!....I'm starting to have more doubts though as we weave in and out...i feel like I'm on a carnival ride with her. Just sitting there while she takes me for a ride. I worked up a sweat while doing half seat and posting trot. I constantly have to have my leg tapping her to keep her going and to stay on the rail....Is Rem far away with a trainer or is it where you can see him daily?
    07-19-2011, 12:49 AM
Rem is about a half hour away, long country roads. . .I can see him whenever I want, and I have weekly riding lessons with him. He isnt going to be home for another month :( but we are getting better. First day we literally stood there for 10 minutes becuase he wouldnt listen to my leg commands, they kind of have to learn how you ride and give them the commands, now we are jumping! But he can be really fustrating, I don't even go ride him if I feel cranky etc. Because I don't want to get suck on him not doing his job -_-

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