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post #11 of 13 Old 12-28-2011, 11:45 PM
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Alright. Here's my crazy theory... This is just a thought, not really a solid suggestion or anything.
Is she a really sensitive horse? I have no idea how to explain what I'm trying to say, haha, but I'll try- my gelding is really sensitive, and needs a very gentle hand when reprimanded. He just does NOT do well with the usual training methods, because he has a very sensitive mind, if that makes ANY sense at all, haha.
I'm thinking, and this may be pretty far-fetched, that your mare is like my gelding, and the trainer was a little rough on the bit, which instead of teaching her, it made her indignant towards the bit.
I don't think I explained this well at all, but I hope I might have...
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Alright. Here's my crazy theory... This is just a thought, not really a solid suggestion or anything.
Is she a really sensitive horse? I have no idea how to explain what I'm trying to say, haha, but I'll try- my gelding is really sensitive, and needs a very gentle hand when reprimanded. He just does NOT do well with the usual training methods, because he has a very sensitive mind, if that makes ANY sense at all, haha.
I'm thinking, and this may be pretty far-fetched, that your mare is like my gelding, and the trainer was a little rough on the bit, which instead of teaching her, it made her indignant towards the bit.
I don't think I explained this well at all, but I hope I might have...
no get exactly what you're saying! My other mare is exactly like that and requires very light tension on her mouth. But as for the mare in question NOPE on the sensitivity. She listens when I get firm, but she isn't easily frightened or revved up by certain things. Now one thing I do know is that her canter IS sensitive. She doesn't give a easy paced canter but a full on run for your money canter. I do not kick her/ apply any leg except leg cues or use spurs because just a simple kiss will get her going. She really gets under herself, but that's what I got her for! As far as the trainer, I am the only one she's had besides the man I bought her from, but he just sat on her, made her walk, accept the bit and saddle and well... that's it.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-29-2011, 11:56 AM
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My mare is slightly different: because I "know" that the original trainer used poor techniques in starting her. When we are out riding, if I allow her to canter, I know she would like to run off. Generally, we get along very well and I have negotiated a kind of truce based on trust and I feel that we get along pretty well, most of the time. She has crow hopped and bucked a time or two, and I have just ridden through it without incident. (It would take quite and effort to unseat me because I am 6'3" and 225#s, combined with a constant attention to my seat/riding position and I believe she is basically too lazy to really try too hard) Most of the time, we just get along very well. Walk & trot are really nice, but she's pushing to break into a canter that she'll stretch into a full out gallop if allowed. There's my problem because I get scared at that speed. I don't have a lot of experience at speed so a canter or gallop has been un-nerving for me. I'll need to work up there to garner more experience but control is an issue.

I have tried the various bits being discussed around here, but my mare would throw her head and get unruly about wearing a bit. That's why I switched to a bosal. (My wife calls it my "kite string") She has dropped her head and become more quiet and I have managed to maintain about the same amount of control including stopping power. I normally ride with a very light hand or finger tips and she will respond to leg cues very smoothly. I rode this last weekend after not having ridden for almost a year and she hit every cue perfectly. I did have a little trouble stopping her, but I attributed that to general excitement after not having ridden for so long.

I could be wrong about all this and that is why I'm here. To learn and see what we can improve on, as a team, my mare and me.
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