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post #1 of 13 Old 09-09-2011, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Won't walk on trail

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I'll give you some background on my situation so you can help me out better.. I have a 4 y/o green broke arabian. I'd say she has about 20 rides on her (in the arena) and she's doing really well. She has A LOT of go and she doesn't like to sit still but in the arena I've been working on lots of walking! When she starts going fast I say "easy", sit a little deeper in the saddle and bring her to a stop and back her up a few steps. So she's starting to respond to "easy". But out on the trail all she wants to do is trot. On the way out I can keep her at a walk with a lot of "easy" stop and backup. But on the way home, forget it. She stops listening, braces the bit, tosses her head. It's not pretty. Any advice? Thanks in advance!
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I am no trainer by any means, but I have read a lot of things like this and they always say to make him do circles.
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Rushing home is definitely something you want to stop because it only gets worse. You can do circles, stop, backing up...absolutely anything at all to instill the thought that only you control the speed. In spite of the head tossing, etc., ride it out if you can....if you can't, dismount and make her do circles/backing from the ground until she's calm enough for you to get back on and finish the ride. When you ride, plan some extra time for this on the way back because you really don't want to be in a rush and wind up giving in.

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Work her mind and body more. If possible turn her away from the barn and do some obstacles, something other than letting her think "rushing" back home is a positive. End it on your note, not hers. After a while she will settle down, consistancy. If at all possible, change up your route home. If she still gets that way, turn her around and work her another hour, two, or three. When you take her out, make sure you have time just in case you need it. Work her mind...You lead her not her leading you.

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Work her mind and body more. If possible turn her away from the barn and do some obstacles, something other than letting her think "rushing" back home is a positive. End it on your note, not hers. After a while she will settle down, consistancy. If at all possible, change up your route home. If she still gets that way, turn her around and work her another hour, two, or three. When you take her out, make sure you have time just in case you need it. Work her mind...You lead her not her leading you.
Thanks for the replies, everyone. Considering she's extremely green and young.. How much is too much for her? She seems to be done fairly easily, like her attention span/trying span is up (30-45 minutes). Do I work through this until I am ready to quit and not her? I don't want to push her too much.
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How much is too much for her? She seems to be done fairly easily, like her attention span/trying span is up (30-45 minutes). Do I work through this until I am ready to quit and not her? I don't want to push her too much.
With so much to see and do out on the trail, attention span shouldn't be as much a problem as in the arena, and you don't want a 4 yr old to be quitting that fast (30-45 mins). I would routinely ride 2 to 2 1/2 hours when our 2 youngest mares where green broke and 3-4 years old. Do you have enough trail to be able to ride a good 2-3 miles away from home?

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Yes I do! I'll be taking her out today to work on it:)
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Another thing I read is.. Go out a few couple yards and then come back, go out a few hundred yards in another direction and come back,.. and keep doing that. Would that help at all?
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Circles and riding her up into the bridle will help her collect herself and slow down. Makes a much calmer and responsive horse too. I have been doing this same work with my mare that's all go-go-go!

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Another thing I read is.. Go out a few couple yards and then come back, go out a few hundred yards in another direction and come back,.. and keep doing that. Would that help at all?
It certainly wouldn't hurt as a training exercise. This is one of those times when it doesn't hurt to try different things and see what works best for you and your horse. As a matter of habit, we train all our mares to always walk the first 1/4 mile out (when they're fresh and want to go) and the last 1/4 mile in (when they want to rush home).

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