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post #1 of 4 Old 09-14-2009, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Advice Needed 4 New member!

Hi! - New member here in need of some advice! I have a 5 year old Irish Draught x Welsh Cob gelding who I have owned since a foal. We've worked really hard all summer to get him hacking out alone as he's still pretty green sometimes, especially with vehicles larger than a normal car.

He's been doing really well but he's still very wary of traffic - we've been taking him out with an old TB mare who's bombproof to give him confidence and that has helped, but yesterday they were both frightened by a large tractor and trailer. We managed to stay on and get home in one piece but obviously I'm feeling a bit deflated today!

Has anyone got any experience with Irish Draughts? - I keep being told they don't mature until their around 9 years old so I know he's only young and I'm hoping that with age and experience he'll settle down a bit. I keep seeing all these horses hacking out happily, not taking any notice of traffic whatsoever and I'm desperate to get him to that stage!

Other than the traffic thing he's been brilliant with everything really but we really do need to overcome this hurdle!! Any help would be VERY appreciated! Thanks folks! xx
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-14-2009, 07:56 AM
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Is there a possibility that you are causing him to be wary.
In my experiance, many times the rider is telling their horse that there is something to be scared of by tensing up when they see a large veichle or scary object.
If you feel yourself getting tense in the saddle - try to relax .

When you were out the other day, did the other horse get frightened first - and make your boy frightened as a result.
Keep him going out with a lead and try to keep relaxed when there is traffic around, focus on breathing slowly as this will relax you and transmit to your boy that there is nothing to worry about. Keep your hands and legs relaxed - don't change the way you ride. If you tense your arms and legs in preperation for him to be silly - you are the one who is telling him that there is something to be silly about - not the traffic

It's got nothing to do with him being an Irish Draft - I've ridden a 4-5 yr old out myself , Samson had a huge problem in that he had never been away from his mums side - but once he got over the initial shock of her not being there he was brave and bold in most situations and only once gave me cause for concern ( he had a cow phobia , one day we met a herd and he was not pleased ! )

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-14-2009, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your comments pal, I think you've probably hit the nail on the head with that one as I do feel I could be the problem with tensing up etc. Will try your suggestion of breathing slowly - thanks for that x
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-28-2009, 03:58 PM
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Hi there

My ID mare had a phase of being wary about lorries (when a horsebox nearly ran into us!) we just had to take it a slowly again be careful who we hacked out with and like nutty saddler said keep relaxed (although i know its not easy when you`ve had a bad experience) my mares come through it now and has gone back to hacking with confidence. How is your boy bred?
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