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post #11 of 13 Old 09-01-2011, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Not with Monty... He bolts when he's scared he's going to be beaten. He wasn't exactly treated that great in a previous home.

He doesn't bother in the round yard because it's too much hard work and won't get him anywhere.

He did bolt with me yesterday and my god it took me 20 minutes to calm him down... scared the life out of me, I tell you now! Although THAT bolt was my fault, jumping towards the baby is not the best idea in the world. He is so strongly attached to her, you'd think he was mamma.
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post #12 of 13 Old 09-04-2011, 06:31 AM
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Someone has suggested the breathing aspect above and it would indicate that you are getting a physiological response... Your body is panicking when you start to ride. What the breathing does is give the body a cue that it is safe and can turn off "panic mode."

There is a point of efficiency for everyone and I can't tell you yours but try to practice breathing at 5-6 breaths per minute (you can get iphone apps or probably something online to help you practice). Then if you panic you can stop your horse, breathe for a moment and continue. The response is pretty immediate if you practice.

This is the first thing a psychologist would teach you if you went to them - I am sure you will come across other roadblocks, but the initial thing is to make sure that your body is calm to at least give you a fair go.

Good luck! I really like the suggestion about groundwork and having someone else lunge you too. But I thought that might help just with the initial stages and so you understand what the breathing done. =]
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-05-2011, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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We do a lot of groundwork, he backs up off the lightest cue and all I have to do to move him sideways is point at the part I want him to move. A lot of the groundwork we do is quite Parelli-like but I don't consider it Parelli so much as just games we play. He leads with nothing. It is a good suggestion though. Re the lunging, it's a bit tricky, because the only horsey person I have daily access to is my Mum, and she broke her arm about 6 weeks ago. She's still in the cast and can't help me with that. We can free lunge him in the round yard but I can just as effectively just hop on and drive him myself.

His bolting is purely fear related, as I said a couple of homes ago he wasn't in the best place and they didn't really treat him that well. He has random "moments" but they're happening less and less often.

My doctor told me to ride more today to help keep my depression under control. I was going to set myself that task anyway to help keep my NERVES under control! I'm really tired after work and dr appointment so I won't ride today but definitely tomorrow, probably first thing, and I have a lesson Wednesday with my amazing coach.
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