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post #1 of 10 Old 06-08-2008, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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rode Boo today and have lots to talk about

My hands hurt from constantly pulling Blu up, trying to stop, trying to do half halts, etc, etc, etc. Blu is just too high-strung to show Western. I have been considering English riding again. I really think Blu and I could jump in shows if he would calm down a bit and I could get training and such.

It makes me feel like such a horrible rider when there is only about a foot and a half of rein between my hands and the bit when Boo is excited. He had better headset than ever today but that was only for so long.

Does he even feel me milking his reins, pulling back, asking for less speed, trying to slow down or stop? He did excellent in the roundpen when I asked for a slower lope just from moving my hips. (Thanks you JDI) But as soon as he gets excited, its back to square one.

I have been considering going to a clinic or something but can I afford one? Oh GRRRR!

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-08-2008, 02:03 AM
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Wow he does sound like a hand full. I would go to a clinic, but if you can't afford one can you have lessons with a trainer? I do lesson with my mare its cheaper then going into training and it not only adresses you but your horse to.
What breed if your horse? Have you thought of Endurance riding? I want to try that but I don't have the horse for it.

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Well I live in a small town where there are no realy stables and schooling and such. :(

We believe Boo has the following: Appaloosa, QH, TB, and Arab

I want to jump with him. He just has so much energy. I like his energy and sometimes willingness but I'm only human I can only stress so much. Lol

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Can you free lunge or do ground work with him before so you can get him "in school"?

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post #5 of 10 Old 06-08-2008, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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I do lunge him and I do work in the roundpen always before I ride.

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post #6 of 10 Old 06-08-2008, 02:35 PM
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oh...How much grain are you giving him? What kind of hay? A horses diet could make them have more energy. If that's not the case then I just don't know.

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I don't give him grain other than Ultium Performance which he hasn't had this year. Grains give him more energy. I am aware of that.

And he gets an Alfalfa/Grass hay

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post #8 of 10 Old 06-08-2008, 03:30 PM
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Circle, circle, circle. One rein, not two. Pull him around and make him work hard for being so rushy. Yes, it sucks, yes it's repetitive, but it also works.


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I try so hard. Lol. I know circles, circles but that horrible fast trot! Something always seems to ruin my plans. I know it might be hard for you guys to answer, but could you see Blu and I jumping in 4-H?

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-08-2008, 06:43 PM
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Yes, I could. You just have to work harder at it. But in the end it will mean so much more. All the work you put in will finally pay off. To bad you don't have any local riding groups or at least someone to help so they can see whats going on.

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