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post #1 of 5 Old 03-05-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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The Things Our Horses Do To Get Out of Work

OK...I had a dressage clionic today and my horse got tattled on. First a little background for those that haven't heard this a million times already :). I am 5 weeks in to a new horse. I was able to ride for the first 10 days or so and the horse came up with a stone bruise. He was down another 12 days or so for lameness and sensitivity before I got on him again. Then, a couple of days later, he starts tossing his head like mad I mean to the point where he just about knocked me in the face a few times. OK, my first thought was back soreness as I was in the middle of saddle fitting issues but, no reaction when I thought was teeth. Called the tooth doc and she came down a few days later, but, in the meantime, when I rode and he started flipping his head I would just walk him. Tooth doc comes in and says yep, needs floating. Floating completed..I ride the next day and he is good to go until, about 30 mins befointo the ride when he starts tossing his head again...I think, probably still sore, drop back into the walk and finish with some lateral exercises. The next day, great, no haed flipping but then it was a regualr lesson and we did quite a bit of standing..not much work.

Today, 15 mins into the private clinic lesson and here goes the head..I am thinking teeth again..still sore? Clinician is like, no, attitude and trying to avoid work. He had me do a shoulder in whenever the horse acted up; told me to push the horse forward no matter how much he was bouncing around. Sure enough, my brat finally gave in and quit tossing his head.

I think what is happening is he is testing me again seeing as he had 3 weeks off. I got his number now though..he's cooked :)
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My girl will crow hop if she doesn't want you up there. Never done it with me, but she did with one of the fellows at the barn. She sure knows who she wants riding her and who she doesn't. Smart Girl.

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I knew a pony who was kept in a field with a pond in it. Whenever he didn't want to be ridden, he would walk out to the middle of the pond and just wait there until whoever was trying to catch him went away.
Needless to say, he doesn't live in the pond field anymore.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-07-2012, 10:05 AM
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My mom's new horse will just stand there. I can't/won't use spurs or whip with her since she was abused and has some pretty bad scars from someone using both the wrong way. So it's lots of circles for us, and even that she's getting wise to. Little stinker
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A friend of mine had a small Morgan mare that was nearly unbeatable in a keyhole race for western games. The mare did a turn in the haunches that was lightning fast picking up her front feet and just spinning on one hind leg. Well, the mare was so good at it that when she got tired of working she would do just that, spin. Since she was small and compact and just plain quick, it was very difficult to hang on with that centrifugal force being generated. She never gave you any warning either..she would just stop and start spinning. The only quirk was that she would only spin in one direction..can't remember which way it was now; so, as long as you knew in which direction she would spin, you could counter it...most of the time, :)
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