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post #11 of 13 Old 09-10-2011, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by citycowgirl View Post
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.
If the horse has enough energy to do the wrong thing, they still have enough to do the right thing. As soon as they do do the right thing, stop and end on a good note.
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post #12 of 13 Old 09-10-2011, 10:38 PM
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I spent some time working with one horse who had a problem with rushing home.
What worked with her was to turn her away from the barn every time she picked up a trot. If she walked quietly, we moved towards home. If she trotted, we moved away from home.
It only took one session with several back-and-forths to have her walking calmly home.

The key to this method is patience. It's very possible that you'll end up a lot farther out than you intended, if you keep having to move farther from the barn before they get the message.
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-10-2011, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies! I think using all your help I should be able to get her problem taken care of. :)
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