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        06-11-2007, 07:48 PM
    She seems to be fine at feeding time, I don't think there is a lack of respect. I've been working with her, when I pour the feed I have her stop and stand still for a minute, then I let her have her feed. I also have her stop before going into a stall so she won't ever get the habit of running in or out of them and drag me around in the prosses. My mom had me stop lunging her for a while, so I've only just started again. She goes to the left just fine, but she still won't go to the right, so I've started trying to make her do circle's and then we'll work up (hopefully) to lunging to the right. I've been having some trouble with her back feet though Does this help?
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        06-12-2007, 05:42 AM
    Helps quite a bit!

    Here are several good articles from a straight forward Austrian horse trainer.

    On lunging with respect:

    I think what it ultimately comes down to is lack of respect or trust in the leader. Respect at feed time is up most important and is a true test of respect. Lunging is another, however I'd be cautious with her joints while lunging since she hasn't fully developed. Let me know if these articles help.
        06-12-2007, 08:00 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by kristy
    Meggymoo moo =) - What type of position do you have when your mare spooks? (As in, what happens with your seat, legs and hands?)
    Hi Kristy,
    When I see or hear one coming, I just try to sit deep, keep relaxed, I don't tighten my reins or anything. ( I start singing Winnie the Pooh, relaxes me when I feel nerves coming on. ) Suppose my singing could scare anybody.

    What do you think it is? Do you think it is my position? It all tends to happen quite quickly. :(
        06-12-2007, 03:26 PM
    How cute =) My gelding gets so frustrated when I sing. I keep quiet. :roll:

    You are right about keeping loose reins. Tension in the reins signifies nervousness and tension in the rider. Secondly, pay close attention to how you lean in the saddle. Leaning forward will easily signal to move forward (too forward ) Relaxed legs is also important. When your horse spooks, I would recommend using the opposite leg to leg yield toward whatever they are spooking from and pulling ONE rein (very important the other rein is loopy) towards whatever they are spooking from. Directing them to the scary object shows your confidence and encourages them to gain some of their own. I wouldn't make a huge fuss about the spook. You don't what drama. However, you want to maintain forwardness rather then spooking around. Make sense? I don't think it's always necessary to make the horse sniff and touch the scary object. Some times if you try to pursued a horse to do this, you lose the battle and are set back quite a bit. Contact with the reins are fine as long as it is contact through one rein rather then both. You don't want to communicate tension.
    If you are to go through a rather large spook, you can adjust your legs to gain better hold. Say horse spooks to right. I want to shift my weight towards the left side by almost standing in my left stirrup and straightening my left leg. I can twist my hip a bit so my body faces the right and use my right leg to squeeze and remain seated. Your leg almost has a scissor effect, although you can use your right leg to wrap around the barrel of your horse a bit more. The point of this is, as your horse goes right, a large amount of force is going to go against you to the right, making you more off balanced. I would recommend this only when you feel as if you are about to be thrown off. This allows the force of the spook going against you to work in your favor. The move weight you have on the left side, the greater chance you have to fight the force going against you to the right. If the horse then darts forward or bolts, do a one rein stop towards the left. (Pull left rein.) I say left rein in this situation because of centrifugal force. The force of the tight circle will put pressure against your leg side. Weight shifted to the left side will counter balance and help you from being thrown to the right.

    Hopefully that was understandable?
        06-12-2007, 03:29 PM
    Sorry meggymoo, didn't quite answer all your questions.

    It could be a number of things: inexperience, being green, feed, your position, lack of trust/respect, being fresh, avoiding work, ect.

    If you would like me to try and help, I'd be happy to. Let me know and I'll ask a few questions first.
        06-12-2007, 03:59 PM
    Green Broke
    Thats great advice Kristy, Thanks. I'll try it when I next hack out, and get a friend to watch, as it always happens when there is a big vehicle going by.
    I think she is a lot greener than I first believed. She was suppose to be a confidence giver, although saying that, she has given me alot of my confidence back in the past 5 weeks I've had her. Her spooks etc don't scare me, but her butt into a wagon, does make a few flutters in my tummy.
    She is excellent at leg yielding in the school, so I'll have to try it out on hacks, I am a bit of a monkey for washing line reins and not paying attention, too busy chatting whilst riding. I'll have to buck my ideas up!
    I will try your advice though, and let you know how it goes if that's ok?
    Thanks again!
        06-12-2007, 07:24 PM
    Thanks Kristy!! I'll read those as soon as I can, thanks for your help!
        06-15-2007, 06:08 PM
    Kristy- The "lunging with respect" artical was the side-rein artical instead Could you please repost it or tell me where you found it??
        06-18-2007, 02:40 AM
    Sorry for the delayed response

    Meggymoo - I'd love to know how things go!

    Raech - Have a go at the whole site!
        06-18-2007, 01:44 PM
    Thanks Kristy! This looks like a great site!

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