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post #41 of 42 Old 03-16-2013, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
I think a german martingale would be a good tool. I still use draw reins on Ruger every now and then. I don't use tools like that in anything but snaffles to be honest.
I got our first ride of the year in on Thursday evening, and I used his snaffle with the german martingale. I didn't want to do any more than walking, because there was literally a slushy muddy layer on top of frozen icy ground, so we didn't do a whole lot, but he did pretty darn good, considering. And liked how the martingale worked with the snaffle. Crazy to think I never thought of doing that before!! ***duoh***

Was going to ride today, but 10 degrees with a cold wind is a little too cold. We planned to haul to an indoor tomorrow afternoon, but a blizzard is supposed to be coming through. If the roads are bad, we aren't going.

Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
I agree that Red is a green horse. He is sensitive. Some horses are just like that. Selena is not, Ruger is not, but I have worked with many a barrel horse that is. There is nothing wrong with a personality like that. You have to take into account what type of horse you are riding. Example, I could beat up on Selena all day and she won't panic, buck, jump, or anything. I am currently putting 30 days on a mare for a friend, and if I smacked her or pushed her around like I do Selena I'd be on my ass in the dirt in a heartbeat. For her, a simple hindquarter disengagement is devastating. For Selena, that's nothing.
Exactly what I have been trying to explain.

My old horse Beau, if you needed to yank on him for something, he had forgotten about it 5 seconds later. No biggie.

Shotgun, my 2 yr old, if I need to get after him, he's back to being a "ho-hum nothing-bothers-me" after I correct him, like nothing happened in the first place. (Strange he's so laid back, because he's super bred to run barrels too.)

But Red? It's got to be presented in a calm, no stress method. No yanking. No yelling. Etc. He can't handle it.

Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
Red is a horse who needs you to get inside his head IMO. Seeing as he is green(er), I would do a ton of small, perfect, flexed circles. Just something simple like that and demanding perfection. It doesn't have to be a huge production with him I suspect.
Exactly. I've figured out some of his quirks, but I certainly don't have him figured out all the way yet. Head game indeed.

He is a GOOD horse. He's just requiring some special handling. Makes me think of a cardboard box that says "fragile, handle with care" on it, LOL.
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post #42 of 42 Old 03-16-2013, 01:36 PM
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Yep. The more you say about Red, the more I think him and Squiggy have similar personalities.
You just gotta get into their heads, and once you're there, they're awesome horses.
When Squiggy has her ADHD moments and gets distracted by nothing, I've learned that if I do give her a little pop in the mouth or something of the like (I've even slapped her neck with my hand) it gets her attention. She's like a little kid that gets ornery or distracted and you need to give them a little scuff of the back of the head to get them to listen. LOL. Just like, "Knock knock, helloooooooooo anyone home?"
She has a little hissy and is grumpy with me for a few seconds, but she gets over it and we carry on.

I got her figured out a little. If I ride her with a running martingale and snaffle once every 5 rides, she is more consistent her frame and pretends to be a giraffe less.
I've also learned that if you exaggerate following her mouth at a trot and lope, she is more relaxed and lowers her head a bit. WOO.
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