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        09-06-2012, 05:46 AM
      #1901
    Super Moderator
    I was just reading through the annimal communicators thread. A quick thought - maybe it's just me, but I really feel that any horse (or other animal) owner learns also this kind of communication with their animal if only they keep their heart open and allow themselves to believe. For instance, I often explain something that I do with Snickers by "He said that...", even if it is not apparent by his body language. An example - he was being unruly in the lead line and refusing to canter, so...I took off his halter. Because he said that he is a bit stiff that day and the rope is too short for him to canter comfortably. As soon as I did that, he picked up a canter, but not to run away - he just started cantering around me with a "See, I told ya!" look in his face. And I think that all of us can do that, because trust between a horse and a human has to come from all sides - we also have to trust our instincts to learn how to speak with them. And not only by movement.

    You may add this to your "bat-crazy" folder, but hey, I'm always been fey and proud of it. :)
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        09-06-2012, 05:56 AM
      #1902
    Green Broke
    Rosie has decided she wants to be my best friend now, she follows me everywhere (even leaving her food) and neighs to me when I come and go. I think she's a little lonely because she's never really been in a paddock alone before, but she has three horses just over the fence so I think she'll be fine.

    I'm looking at another house tomorrow - sounds incredibly promising. Its a little granny flat with kitchen/bathroom and stuff, so no more flatmates! Hopefully it works out but I'm not going to be too optimistic.

    First day of work today and it was good.
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        09-06-2012, 06:00 AM
      #1903
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    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    It is wonderful indeed, and it builds not only trust, but also liking to each other and the ability to have fun, with no obligations to fulfil this or that training goal. I am also learning to feel this way when we are actually training, because it helps Snickers to loosen up and have good times even when we are doing hard work. If I perceive it as hard work myself, Snickers then immediately finds it...boring. :)
    Yep! And as soon as Brock finds something boring, he becomes BIG trouble, very sullen and stubborn and backward. So when riding I try and make it fun for him, give him little puzzles, or just ask him for his really big trot. I think he was always difficult to get trotting partially because his trot is so big and springy people tended to pull him back into an on-the-forehand slow, flat trot (no thanks!). It's such a pity because his natural trot is really showy with a snappy action, and he loves showing off. He's only lazy and nappy (and likely to buck) when he's not having fun, so I just let him trot how he likes without interfering (it's super-easy to sit or rise to, it just feels very big and fast, and maybe some people don't like that but I love the feeling of power and lightness that he has when he does it). After that, he's easy as anything to ride for the rest of the session and his ears go from pinned back to pricked forward, his back lifts, whole head carriage is proud, he responds to what I ask him to do and he's a completely different horse.
         
        09-06-2012, 06:05 AM
      #1904
    Super Moderator
    Snickers is the same in this! He was taught as a youngster to trot sloooow and low, with no hind-leg power at all, so, as he has now discovered how awesome is to burst out in that wide and powerful trot, it is something I can offer to him as a way to have fun and wind out some excess mental tension after a harder exercise or something he finds boring. :)
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        09-06-2012, 06:14 AM
      #1905
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    Yep! As much as I love TBs, after years of riding them almost exclusively, I've decided I'm not particularly keen on their trot (love their gallop though LOL). I like a big action - height + forward, with lots of snap and power. So as soon as I discovered Brock actually moved like that I was so happy!
         
        09-06-2012, 06:15 AM
      #1906
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    Saskia, that's awesome news about Rosie! Things seem to be really improving with her - perhaps it was the fact she didn't like the other place where she was agisted either?

    Hope the granny flat turns out to be good!
         
        09-06-2012, 01:58 PM
      #1907
    Foal
    Well hello! I've been playing around on the forum a bit lately so I thought I'd pop in here and say hi to my peers. I've been riding for about 12ish years and just bought my first horse, a draft x renamed Honey. I ride English but don't really compete anymore, mostly just hacking out on trails. My latest goals are to get into endurance riding, and to train Honey to drive. We'll see how those work out... oh, and I am 20 by the way, and working in customer service while enjoying a semester off from college. Nice to make everyone's acquaintance!
         
        09-06-2012, 02:30 PM
      #1908
    Trained
    I have such a bad headache right now =[ my car got rear ended driving to school today. Luckily me and the car are both pretty much fine, but there is some damage/paint loss on my back bumper.
         
        09-06-2012, 02:31 PM
      #1909
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by phoebeeliza    
    Well hello! I've been playing around on the forum a bit lately so I thought I'd pop in here and say hi to my peers. I've been riding for about 12ish years and just bought my first horse, a draft x renamed Honey. I ride English but don't really compete anymore, mostly just hacking out on trails. My latest goals are to get into endurance riding, and to train Honey to drive. We'll see how those work out... oh, and I am 20 by the way, and working in customer service while enjoying a semester off from college. Nice to make everyone's acquaintance!
    welcome =]
         
        09-06-2012, 02:38 PM
      #1910
    Weanling
    Welcome, Phoebeleeza!

    Well, I had my first ever English riding lesson yesterday. It was fun... though I'm pretty sore this morning! Somehow I used completely different muscles than I do Western riding... Since I don't have a trailer, I rode one of the instructor's horses, a dopey paint named Private (from the penguin in Madagascar). He was sweet but LAY-ZEE! Anyway I'm going to go back next week, I really enjoyed it.

    In other news, I had one of the worst rides ever on my horse Wyn this morning. Apparently the old horse down the road was the SCARIEST THING EVER and she had to stop, balk, snort, dance, and generally be a pain in the butt. We rode that exact same route the day before yesterday and she was fine. The wind was coming from a different direction though, maybe she couldn't smell him the first time...? Anyway. She was frustrated, I was frustrated, and it just plain sucked. She didn't actually buck or rear but it felt like she was on that edge. Gah.

    There's a group trail ride on the 22nd that I'd really like to go to, but not if she's going to freak out around other horses like she did today. Sigh
         

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