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post #1 of 9 Old 09-28-2011, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Too much energy when riding

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Well, I've got a bit of a problem. At the beginning of our rides, my horse is bounding with energy and he acts up. I correct him when he acts up but it takes me a good 30 minutes to get the energy out. I don't lunge him or anything before hand. I was wondering if lounging would be an alternative that I could use to take that "edge" off of him so that our ride is much more pleasant and I can accomplish things without having to wear him out first.

If I were to lung him, what gate should I use? Should I trot him or canter? How long should I do it so he's not tired and miserable the whole ride time, but he's not fresh so I can do what I need to do.
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-28-2011, 11:04 PM
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Longeing may help, but it will get him in better shape. Sounds to me like what he really needs are wet saddle blankets. Continue correcting him as you are doing now, but make sure you're doing it correctly. He wants to walk off? Nope, stand still, no movement at all, until he sighs and is relaxed. He wants to trot? OK, but he's going to trot circles and serpentines at the speed and motion you direct? He wants to take off? Nope. Gonna lope circles or practice stopping instead.
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-28-2011, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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that's exactly what we're working on. I just get frustrated as I am a beginner and I'm working on my softness and patience. I just want to take some of the energy out so we can work and focuse more. I don't want him to be dragging the ground with his head tired.

What do you mean wet saddle blankets?
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-28-2011, 11:15 PM
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Hard riding, long days--blankets get wet with sweat!

If you aren't confident that you're doing things right, can you have an experienced friend come along and make sure the work being done is proper (and not counterproductive)?
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-28-2011, 11:16 PM
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Like Bubba said lots of circles and zig zags. If the horse doesn't want to slow down, put her in a collected working trot or cowboy trot. It takes a lot more for her to maintain that versus an extended trot or lope.

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post #6 of 9 Old 09-28-2011, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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I feel stupid now. Lol. We had a wet blanket going today. I'm working on collecting him and slowing his trot down. We are working circles. The main thing is is that I am new to this and he pin points my weakness' and gets to me. I just want him to be somewhat loosed up, level headed and focused. I am working on "showing him who's boss" but in a good way.

He has begun to just go which ever way he chooses and I am NOT having that. I work straight lines, turns and random patterns. Which direction I choose is which way he's fighting me.

Didn't mean to ramble.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-29-2011, 09:49 AM
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Are you getting any help from an experienced rider? Horses are very quick to learn the rider's skill level and will take advantage of it.

Don't feel stupid. I sometimes wonder if I have posted a response to the wrong post!
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-29-2011, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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I am getting help from my sister. She's been riding for about 15 years. You could call them "lessons" but she just tells me what doing wrong and lets me figure it out.
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-01-2011, 09:55 PM
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Can you get your horse to move his hips laterally? If so, steer him with his bum. Think of riding in a straight line, say, south and he tries to veer west. Make him move his hips over until you are facing south again. Like those big machines with turning wheels in the back. Moving like this is more tiring for the horse as his legs are really designed for moving forward, not having an outside hind step under his belly, over and over.
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