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post #1 of 4 Old 10-03-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Last ride was horrible, this ride was excellent!

Well, I worked with Dakota again today and took him on a short ride at the end of our session wih my cousin and her mare that he -hates-.

Last ride with Dakota was horrible... he tried to throw me, attacked my cousin's mare, tried to attack my friends mare, etc...

This ride was very good! He was obedient, led the entire way without an issue, and ony pinned his ears and gave my cousin's mare a 'dirty look' twice... didn't try to kick, bite, etc... He was just exceptionally well behaved!

Though he did shake his head a little (I rode him in a snaffle, so it wasn't his bit). I think his wolfe teeth are bothering him a little. He has one completely in on one side and the other is coming in on the other side... I intend to have the teeth pulled and his and my mare's teeth floated before this month is up.

Sorry for cluttering up forum-space, just had to tell someone!

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That's great to hear, Britt! Last time (when he behaved badly), was he leading the group or following?
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Our last ride, it started out ok, wih us leading, and it went downhill when my cousin and her mare got ahead of us and my neighbor's horses started running around like idiots.

Though, it was just a bad day in general, I think, for Dakota... He's usually fine with other horses running around like idiots and he's usually fine with being in the back or the front... he just gets a bit aggressive (he pins his ears, give dirty looks, attempts to kick and tries to nip) towards other horses (besides his dam) when the other horses ride right beside him, for some reason...


Also, on another note, since I've been working with him on groundwork these past few weeks, he's become an angel on ground. He's no longer pushy and pssy during feed time and will back away and stand there until I pour his feed, take off his halter, and walk away before going to his bucket and today I asked him to move away from the feed pan after I let him eat for a few moments... usually he would get really, really upset, trot in circles, and try to sneak and/or push past me to get back to his feed, but he backed off and stood still until I backed away from his pan again! I did have to use a leadrope and shake it at him a little to get the message across that I wanted him to move, but he didn't pitch a fuss when he figured it out!
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I guess I'm so used to him always being ok, that I forget at times that he's only six, almost seven, and is still young and prone to his 'moments'.

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