A Great Day for Breakthroughs =D

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        01-18-2010, 02:17 AM
    A Great Day for Breakthroughs =D

    I had a great breakthrough with my somewhat-new horse, Kainne, today.
    It's been interesting for me to figure this guy out. He's a lot different than previous horses I've worked with and I've learned a lot from him already.

    Recently the weather has been getting him all excited and he's been getting a little bit full of himself on the ground..thinking that he can start telling me what to do and I've needed to be really firm with him to keep him in check. He's really the sort of horse where he's like a saint under saddle but hasn't been worked with much on the ground. He starts to get pushy and when I would reprimand him (even just the slightest response) he'd respond by throwing his head up into the air, pinning his ears, rearing, and trying to take off in the other direction..and I'd keep with it and stay consistant in firmly telling him, "No, that is not what you're doing, what you're doing right now is moving around in this circle/moving your hindquarters/backing up/etc." but I was being a bit impatient and not taking enough time to get him really respectful.
    So today after his turnout session I went to take him out (usually I just walk up to him, pet him, and he follows me back to the gate to get his halter on so I didn't have a halter with me) and he was acting this same way, trying to nip at me and shaking his head/pinning his ears, etc..so I proceeded to move his feet using only body language and gestures..he'd get all worked up and when he'd try to rear or do something dominant/defiant I'd yell NO and give him my meanest look and wave an arm towards him, then continue the command and just stuck with that, moving him all over the arena (without a halter on, it was pretty cool) and staying consistent with all of this and giving him a quick pet when he'd listen, until eventually he FINALLY dropped his head, licked and chewed, and totally settled down, changing his body language back to that calm, passive acceptance that we all know and love, and he got a huge GOOD BOY and lots of pets, and very calmly followed me back to the gate.

    I was very proud. With him it's such a balance act between very firm and very soft training. You could say my last horse, who actually had much less training on him, had a much "easier" personality. There's been a few times in the last few days when I looked at this wild thing rearing at me and running around like a crazy thing and just thought, "What am I doing with this huge, crazy Thoroughbred? Where is my harmless little pony?", but I'm so glad that I'm figuring out how to get through to him on his "naughty days"..
    He's a really great horse for me to have right now. I'm struggling with a lot of things about him, as some of you may have read in my other posts, but how would we ever learn without challenges like these?
    Plus, most of the time he's a complete angel. I just love his personality. From this post you wouldn't know it but he's a TOTAL sweetheart. I'm really loving this guy

    And I'm sorry for kind of going on here..as I've said before, I really don't have any horsey friends so I either talk to them (and they don't understand a word I say) or post here..haha
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        01-18-2010, 02:43 AM
    This is the right place to come...no need to apologize! Every horse owner can totally relate with how you are feeling. Gratz on your breakthrough! Sounds like you are really getting somewhere with your boy!!
        01-18-2010, 02:52 AM
    Green Broke
    WOW yeah I know excatly what you are going through with him, When I got my 2 year TB mare you couldnt touch her with out knowing and thinking and being 100% aware of everythingand what she was doing cause she had been ina stall 8 months with out any handling and little turnout. We have come so far and I have thoes time that you just talked about " why did I get a crazy TB" and then we havea great day and I relize it wa sthe right pick on my part. We still have our 3, almost 4 year old moments though. Lol Good luck! Keep us updated on how everything goes, by the way I love your horses name!
        01-18-2010, 03:28 AM
    Sandy2u1 - Thanks so much =D I always worry that people are going to think I'm weird or something..and just skip over my post. Probably a little silly of me..=P

    Klassic Superstar - Hehe, they sure are..different, aren't they? Haha before this guy I mostly worked with lazy-type trail horses..even pretty much untrained they were pretty calm. Definitely nothing with this much energy..and nothing that wanted to spend so much time in the air! Hahaha
    But he's just exactly what I needed to move forward..and I'm starting to just love this breed, the more I learn about them.
    And thank you about the name =D I was lucky when the horse I fell in love with just happened to have a pretty unsuitable name and my favourite name of all fit him perfectly =D haha
        01-18-2010, 03:33 AM
    Green Broke
    You should look into the TB sire Cahill Road, you would love this offspring, I am actuly looking into getting another one off his babies. You should look him up, Idk were you live but here in WA he is a great stallion! I have now owned 3 TBs, 2 green mares, and CJ was out of Cahill and was a winning racer for a while.
        01-18-2010, 03:49 AM
    Well unfortunately I definitely won't be in the market for any more horses anytime soon =( I'm right on the verge of getting ready to move out and I'm not even sure that I'll get to keep Kainne, as much as I hate to think of that..though of course I'll be trying as hard as I can!
    But I will still keep that in mind!

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