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    04-24-2009, 11:32 AM
stopping issues

Hi I have a 20yr old TWH/Qh that I'm having trouble with. When I try to stop her from a lope she just keeps plowing through. I use a TT bit on her. The saddle fits good and she stops good with everything else. One of her hips gives her some trouble sometimes so I try not to let her get really going. She normally does it when I ride her by herself. And no its not being barn sour she just likes to run. I don't know too much about her background other than I got her about a year ago and she was not ridden for about three years before then. She's quiet and extremely easy to handle on the ground but she just gets exited when I ride her. I think its because my other horse I don't lope yet she's still young. So she doesn't get to run very often but could anyone tell me what I can do to help calm her down? Thanks
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    04-24-2009, 11:34 AM
This is in the wrong section...
Can you do the 1 rein stop with her?
    04-24-2009, 11:45 AM
Originally Posted by cowgirl4jesus94    
this is in the wrong section... sorry
Can you do the 1 rein stop with her?
no her hip makes it hard for her to turn. I don't ride her much and the vet said it would be okay as long as I didn't strain it
    04-24-2009, 06:07 PM
When she starts getting fast just put her on a circle. The consistency of it will help calm her down, and when you feel her relax you can either stop and rub her or let her canter out straight again.

You might want to consider switching her to a snaffle. Tom Thumbs are actually a harsher bit and if she is sensitive it might be making her nervous and/or hurting her.
    04-24-2009, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by ILUVTWH    
no her hip makes it hard for her to turn. I don't ride her much and the vet said it would be okay as long as I didn't strain it
Then you probably shouldn't be cantering her.

That said, try doing a "pull-release", so you're not just hauling back on her mouth. Pull back, sit deep, then release.
    04-25-2009, 03:47 AM
I agree with 'Spirithorse' and 'luvs2ride1979'.
Also when you start riding do your best to keep her calm.
Lots of circles. I find a TB I ride goes very calm when on the bit, maybe try that?
When it comes time to trot, walk a few strides then trot a few strides and then come back to walk. Count a few walk strides and start trotting again.
Constant trotting makes them go faster. :)

I ride a 19 yr old TB and she stresses all the time.
Doing all this stuff helps to calm her. :)

Good luck.
    05-01-2009, 02:02 PM
Okay I'll try that. I've tried her in a snaffle and she doesn't like it she's always throwing her head when I use one. Sorry I took so long to reply I'm only allowed on the computer once a week

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