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post #21 of 31 Old 04-08-2013, 10:42 AM
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When Nick gets like this he usually needs a "free" day. A day without training and structure - we ride around the ring and have fun, or go for a trail ride, etc. It does seem to help with him - not sure how your girl is though :)
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post #22 of 31 Old 04-08-2013, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Today was a good day. It was HOT and I really didn't feel like working and I don't think she did either. We went on a 30 minute walking hack and then went back to the arena. I thought that if I wasn't going to make her work, then I should at least work. I crossed my stirrups over and did no stirrup work at walk/trot/canter. I asked for bend in the ribcage, but not much else. She did give me a few steps of relaxation in her poll and jaw, so that was nice. I found out that the constant bumping of the stirrup on her shoulder acually kept it in line with out me working super hard! So the shoulder wasn't too bad today either.

I was brainstorming today during school and found a fun activity to keep her shoulder connected- sort of a compromise. Sunny likes to go fast and I want to control the shoulders- mix them together and you get..... BARREL RACING! I can set up jump standards in the pattern and I have a friend that used to ride western. If it doesn't end up working out, then at least we tried something different.

Also, I realized that when I ride alone I end up feeling super happy with the ride or really frustrated. I'm trying to get my mom to ride more, so maybe if I keep riding with other people, that will take the frustration down. I guess if I keep having a conversation with someone while I ride, it keeps me from focusing on the bad stuff.

She gets tomorrow off and hopefully Wednesday will be a good day too

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post #23 of 31 Old 04-08-2013, 06:07 PM
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She's 4. I'm assuming coming 5 this year?

I'm going to warn you - 5 and 6 are pretty awful. Keep pushing, keep riding, give her lots of brain breaks. This is totally normal.
It's good to find things that keep her mind engaged (trail rides, etc) and her body worked. You might also want to set up trail/bombproofing courses. Try side passing over scary objects, backing through poles, having tarps, pool noodles going through a hanging bead screen, etc.. etc..

It does get better, in a few years. Lol.

Have fun and good luck!
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post #24 of 31 Old 04-08-2013, 06:30 PM
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Ah the joys of young horses!! They can be both the most rewarding and frustrating thing in the world.
I've got a 21/2 year old coming up and all I can say is that I'm glad I've got my older horse (who is also good at frustrating me like crazy - "Speeg you are training advanced, you CAN bloody leg yield!!!!") to keep me somewhat sane and feeling that I can a really ride.

Like Anebel said, that 5th and 6th year are real doozies. They've hit their 'teenage' years and tend to flex their muscles and test the boundaries.
I'm not sure how old you are - but think of yourself as your parents, and your horse as your teenage self. Might make you feel did your parents a little ;)
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post #25 of 31 Old 04-08-2013, 06:39 PM
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She's 4. I'm assuming coming 5 this year?

I'm going to warn you - 5 and 6 are pretty awful. Keep pushing, keep riding, give her lots of brain breaks. This is totally normal.
It's good to find things that keep her mind engaged (trail rides, etc) and her body worked. You might also want to set up trail/bombproofing courses. Try side passing over scary objects, backing through poles, having tarps, pool noodles going through a hanging bead screen, etc.. etc..

It does get better, in a few years. Lol.

Have fun and good luck!
I agree. I got my mare when she was a four year old. Many people seem to be under the impression that a horse is grown and finished at four. I have news for them......

Even though they can have a great start at four, most will continue to test you, and test their place in the herd, basically they are still forming their adult personality. No matter how well-started most four year olds are, in inexperienced hands, they can start regressing pretty quickly.

When I read the original thread starter, I thought a similar thing....that the mare was still young and has a lot of growing, and growing pains, to still get through. Patience with her should be well rewarded in a couple of years.
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post #26 of 31 Old 04-08-2013, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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I'm 15, she will be 5 on May 1st (so she is basically 5 now...) She's my first greenie and I never knew how much I had to improve until I got her :) There's a big difference between sitting on an upper level horse and doing dressage horse and trying to do something that looks like dressage with Sunny. I've improved so much over the few months I've had her, but for a few weeks I thought I had made a terrible decision :)

Wonderful- the next 2 years will be fun then... Maybe I will actually become a patient person or decide show jumping would just be more fun... Lets hope by the time I get to college she will be back to her normal self

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post #27 of 31 Old 04-10-2013, 07:43 AM
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she is only 4, maybe you are expecting too much to soon. 15 yr old trained horses have their moments.

Try not to have so much expectations of what she should be doing right, there is no rush
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post #28 of 31 Old 04-10-2013, 07:48 AM
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do you do groundwork?
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post #29 of 31 Old 04-10-2013, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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What do you mean by groundwork? I can't get her to collect in hand or any of that "at liberty" stuff, but she yields when I ask her to move. She backs up, moves butt and shoulders, follows quietly etc. She had yesterday off and today we have a dressage lesson. Fingers crossed for a good ride.

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post #30 of 31 Old 04-10-2013, 05:44 PM
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well try groundwork stuff with her, longe her and look from the ground why her shoulder drops, alot of stuff you can do in saddle you can do on ground
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