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post #1 of 7 Old 10-18-2008, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Riding schedule problem

Hey guys, this week i rode nana Saturday 8 miles, tuesday 3 miles, and thursday 8 miles (i might have tuesday and thursday mixed up), now alot of that was walkin. Well yesterday (friday) I rode Nana and she appeared to be fine, but when i hopped on her she felt different. I walked her around, and just kinda did serpantines and stuff like that to get her warmed up. I also trotted her and she did GREAT --nice and easy trot--, BUT i wanted to lope her becuase i really want to work on sittin the lope; I started to lope Nana and all of a sudden she throws 2 bucks on me and i won't lie, it almost got me. The first buck popped me out of the saddle abit and but the second one got me out of my stirrups. She then started like turnin almost, like left right left right trying to get me off or somethin. The hole time i was thinkin "well crap, there goes my no fallin off goal" and "get ready to hit the ground!!!!", but i just managed to GRAB the horn and glued my hands to it!!!

After that i was kinda in shocked but i immediatly start workin her hard, i did sharp turns and really made her work. Then i took her into the round pin and loped her again, and she did fine.... I sat the lope perfectly, and she didn't buck at all.. After i loped her in the round pin for about 5 minutes, i asked the Danny (husband to the girl that owns the stables) and he said "she could be sore from all the ridin." Now that really made me feel HORRIBLE, because i had worked her so hard for buckin on me..

Question 1: Did i do the right thing? I feel horrible, because if i had known she was sore, i wouldnt of even rode her that day.

Question 2: I think i am over riding nana just abit, how do i balance the resting time with the work time?

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-18-2008, 09:28 PM
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You did the right thing becuase you HAVE to end on a good note. you can't let her get away with it. The next thing is... You will have to figure out if she is trying you, cranky (because she IS a mare) or if she's sore. It might be that she is sore because she used to be a lesson horse, which means she's probably not used to that kind of riding. Although, you gave her days off...

Did she feel like she was a little rounded in the back when you got on? You said she felt different. She may be sore. Either way, she can not be allowed to get away w/ bucking! naughty girl! As for your balance, you just have to work on sitting up straight, alot of people will lean forward and almost ball up in a fetal position when the horse acts up, that'll put you on your butt in 2 seconds.... make sure you sit back and keep her head up when she gets bucky... It could be that she's a mare and she's got a little witch in her.... It could be she's sore. So hard to tell....

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-20-2008, 02:11 PM
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she could b sore also due to her not being in shape....i agree with farmpony 100%. always end on a good note!

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-20-2008, 07:40 PM
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you did the right thing . . . ending on a good note is key

-how often was she being ridden before you got her? . . . and how hard ?

-how long have you had her? . . . do you ride her roughly the same distance every week?

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I agree with what other people said, you HAVE to end on a good note. The worst thing you could have done was get off, that sore or not would have enforced the bad behavior.

Run your hand along her back and put pressure on it, if she's shifting and flinching she probably is sore, but if not she might of just been having an off day, or something.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-28-2008, 11:21 AM
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woah...naughty Nana

I agree working her was the best thing, but I'd say find out if she was just being a brat or if she truely is sore.
Run your hands down her spine. Does she flex her back muscles? Does her head raise up? THen try it with a rubber curry comb...how is her reaction now?

I must say, that there has been many times that I have NOT ended on a right note and it made no difference. Horse's don't think the same as we do so it doesn't matter if we end on a good or bad note. It makes us, as humans, feel in charge if we do end on a good note, but it's not needed at all.

I've fallen off Sonny before because he took a too quick of turn, I did not get back on even though technically it was his fault for turning. I'll get off if he's not listening and I'm getting upset....he was perfect the following day. I've done that with alot of other horse's also....none of them were worse the next time someone rode.
Just like when the one Paint at the old stables bucked off a friend really bad. I just put him away directly...did not punish him or what not. The next day I had to ride him...and I was told to use a western saddle because that's the last thing he remembered doing and not getting corrected for it...but he was fine and he pulled nothing.
So, I just think that, to a horse, it doesn't matter if you end on a good note or a bad note....but that's jsut my insight....and wow I rambled alot lol
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-29-2008, 10:41 AM
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^^^^^ I do not agree....

If a horse learns that by getting you off means "no more work for me today" they will catch on. Its like the owner that lets the horse be pushy on them, the horse figures that it is acceptable and eventually will be on top of the owner.

Or with trailer loading. If a horse has a bad time loading and you try to get it in the trailer and it wont and you put the horse away it knows that it wont have to go into the trailer and instead can go eat grass in the pasture.

I have seen way to many people get hurt because the slowly let their horses get into bad habits, whether it be kicking, bucking, rearing, etc... The bad behavior needs to stop the moment it happens, not the next time I go work with my horse. You may not see the horse being really bad the next time you work with them but over time you will.

If you are having a hard time with something and are getting upset you should leave your horse fully tacked, go tie them up so that they cant get to food or relax, let yourself cool down and then go back to tackling the problem. You arent abusing the horse by doing this and then it gives them time to get their brain back as well. I will never put my horse away if we are ending on the wrong note. Ive had friends get bucked off and hurt before and I have jumped on their horses and worked them down for them.

My horses are not afraid of me either and will run up to the gate everytime I go to pull them out of the pasture, so it isnt like Im making them scared into doing work.

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