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post #11 of 21 Old 12-02-2012, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for the advice. I haven't been to the stables where i keep the horses at lately except to pay my boarding fees. I went to the hospital again day before yesterday due to dizziness and nausea and they took a few ct scans and MRI's. I guess from the fall i popped 2 of my discs in my neck out slightly and will need to get physical therapy for my neck. Also my concussion is severe and They told me no riding for a month :( UGH!

Well im hoping my fiance will take me there today so we can do some ground work on him. i was thinking of showing my fiance some videos on one rein stop so he can work with cloud. Ill also take some pictures :) i haven't taken pictures for awhile.

also the place i board them at the guy that owns it offered me to trade cloud for a more mellow ride able horse.. honestly i don't want to he is so beautiful and just needs constant work, which i cant do due to my neck though and its hard for my fiance to come out during work days.. ANYWHO!

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post #12 of 21 Old 12-02-2012, 11:45 AM
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Turning a horse IMMEDIATELY is good, but you obviously need to be able to move the head. If you are a little late, you may find yourself galloping with a horse whose nose is at your knee. That happened to me 30+ years ago when I was visiting a ranch. Not fun. Ended up turning him by kicking his outside shoulder as hard as a could.

While you are medically off riding, try leading him on a lead rope out and about.

Something I found when leading my mare is that she resents the circles and disengaging, and gets wound up even more when I do that. However, she responds very well to backing up. If her head pops up and I suspect it might get worse, I'll stop her and back her up in a straight line. She understands that, although we once backed up fast for 50 yards over a monster I never saw.

Another thing that has helped is to IMMEDIATELY turn her head when she snaps it in a direction. If you can't turn your horse's head, you may need a more supportive saddle, a change in riding style, a stronger bit, leverage, or some mix of those. I usually include a lecture: "YOU don't look around. I do the looking around here. Watch the trail, and I'll tell you if I want you to look!" The action and the lecture let her know I'm involved and thinking and she isn't alone. It seems to help if I do it within 1/2 second. 5 seconds later, she may not respond.

Those can be practiced while walking with a lead rope. About 50% carries over when you then do it riding.

Oh - and there is NOTHING WRONG with getting a calmer horse. My mare has a lot of inner demons. We're working thru them, but it is a very slow process. In my case, no experienced rider wants to put up with her, and I won't send to to the auction, so we're working away. But I'd be lying if I said it was easy, or that some technique will make it OK, or that it can be done quickly. It all depends on the horse, and some respond much easier than others.

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."

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post #13 of 21 Old 12-02-2012, 11:52 AM
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Sounds like you need to go see a chiropractor and get that neck taken care of. Not sure where you live in NM but I used to live in Tijeras, NM and went to Dr. John Berlin. He's off of Juan Tabo in Albuequerque, easy access off of I40 and I definately recommend him.
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post #14 of 21 Old 12-02-2012, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the advice and i live in albuquerque. i will look him up :) thank you
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post #15 of 21 Old 12-02-2012, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Nmgirl View Post
Thank you for the advice and i live in albuquerque. i will look him up :) thank you
FYI, I found him after coming off a horse and throwing out my lower back and he fixed me up in a jiffy.

Thought that picture looked like it might be down on the bosque, kept my horses down there in a stable for a couple months when I first moved to NM. Loved the year around riding in NM but had to move back to Oregon.
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post #16 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 04:45 AM
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I hear what other people are saying but I think if you have only had the horse a few weeks you need to get to know each other a lot better and do some bonding and groundwork exercises so that he knows he can trust you. Horses, like people, absorb information at different rates and 'one size does not fit all' in the horse world no matter how many people tell you to just 'get on with it' or 'keep riding him through it'. You need to go with your horse. There are some really good tips which people have already posted so I won't add to those. However, the best piece of advice I got was from Police rider. Take him out on 'walks' first (you leading not riding). If you go out riding with him, do not go out alone. If at all possible, take another calm horse and rider along with you. Horses feel safer in a herd (with another horse). Only when you and he are confident in each others company should you go out on longer rides alone. And finally, always, always wear a proper riding hat. They may not be the most fashionable item in the world but they may just save you from a bad head injury or save your life. ABove all, keep loving him!
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post #17 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 07:27 AM
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Start from the beginning and do lots of groundwork. Hope you heal quickly!
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post #18 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 08:25 AM
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He gave you plenty of warning before he wheeled and bolted. That is when you should have dismounted. If something like this happens, dismount and don't fuss over him but just start walking. If he stops to gawk, pull him around in a circle to get his attention back on you and where you're going. When things go wrong don't yell. His hearing is quit sensitive and you take on a predatory demeanor which can exacerbate the situation. It is not cowardly to dismount, it is practical.
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post #20 of 21 Old 12-06-2012, 10:31 PM
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Training-wise I'd say you need to build a more solid relationship with him. He could probably use some work on his security issues, but he also needs to learn that you are the leader, and he doesn't need to take control of "scary" situations (because you have those cranes under control ;P).

Riding-wise, it might have been better to not hold back on the reins, because they will just brace on them and go for it. Race horses are sometimes trained this way (used to ride a couple of them, and when they'd pick up speed, if you'd hold back on the reins, you'd both end up bracing and it was bad news). At that point, the better option might have been to just let him go and move with him-could've avoided a fall. Pay attention to wether or not you're locking up as well, that'll cause you to fall out of motion with your horse, and can end up in a fall. Most riders have a tendency to do this, as our brains are wired for it-so it's just something to look out for.
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