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        05-10-2010, 02:11 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Amazing Ride On Nova! A few questions though

    So today is I believe the 10th day I've had Nova and its been the best 10 days I've had horse related since I had Chance! Honestly, I have no regrets selling Chance. Im finally able to ride and not be afraid.

    Even with all the training she needs, she's so smart she picks it right up and never really argues. She's already bending pretty well both ways, and more in front of my leg then behind like she use to be. She is starting to get her leads on both side, one side she cross fires sometimes but she tries so hard!

    Today was the best ride I've had on her out of all the rest! I rode her in teh ring for about an hour. She did great with her bending and transitions were great. Worked on figure 8's big and small at all 3 gaits and she even set her head some at the canter!

    Afterwards I decided to take her out alone on a real trail, and NOTHING really scares her... I trotted her down the drive way to get to the trail cantered down the open straight away and brought her back down to a walk when we got closer to the wooded areas.. she saw one scary part where I did have to lead her across because she would try and move forward but then she's like ahhh no I can't im sorry... so I just led her across and mounted back up and went on our way! She even crossed bridges and jumped some of the XC jumps out there! She needs to pick up her feet when it comes to tree roots though.. haha but I never felt in danger at all.

    Then once we go to the big feild I decided to turn her around and head for home, trotting back and forth over a few of the jumps on our way back.. and cantered along the pastures when we got out of the woods. Walking back down the drive way to the barn...she DIDNT want to go back home! I even tested this.. I turned her back to teh trails and she would trot her way down the drive way and I turned her around and trotted back to teh barn ... and she would stop dead 1/2 way through! I found this absolutly amazing honestly! She wanted to go back to teh trails rather then head back home! Im so use to horses trying to gallop home.. but she would slow down to a very little walk or just stop dead from a trot lol!!!

    I dismounted when cars were coming up behind us and lead her into the barn. If the cars weren't there I would have stayed mounted and insisted she walk to the barn but I couldnt with the cars coming into the parking lot.

    But it was great I absolutly love this horse!

    She did ring work for an hour
    And Trail work for about 35 mins... and she still wanted to go back!
         
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        05-10-2010, 02:14 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Oh and the questions:

    Nova has this REALLY bad learned/displaced behavior of grinding her teeth...

    I wasnt sure if I should let it be.. or put a flash on her.. she's not actually stressed I thnk she's just so use to doing it.. she just does it without thinking now.

    She's getting her teeth floated in a few weeks so idk if that could be some of it.
         
        05-10-2010, 02:17 PM
      #3
    Showing
    Bottom line: flash won't help. Horses can still grind through it, as it doesn't restrict the sideways motion (when adjusted correctly) much at all.
    Some horses just grind their teeth; getting a dentist out would be a good place to start though.
         
        05-10-2010, 02:41 PM
      #4
    Trained
    Have you posted any new pictures, HAF? I'd love to see more. =]

    And I second JDI. A flash will do nothing. Neither will a tighter noseband or a crank noseband. I'm betting she needs her teeth done, and once done, she won't grind as much, or at all. My filly would grind her teeth, and I had the vet out who pulled a wolf tooth and filed her teeth a bit and she hasn't been doing it anymore. However, grinding teeth can also mean ulcers, so I would look into other signs of symptoms of ulcers to rule that out.
         
        05-10-2010, 05:09 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Well by the 21st she should be getting her teeth floated and hopefully that situation will be fixed. I know the person who had her said himself "I never do teeth" ... soo im sure there a bit painful.

    I would never consider a tighter nose band let alone a crank. I was thinking flash cause what she does is open her mouth, tilt her head some what to the side and grind. It lessens a bit as she gets into work but in the begining its horrible.

    Oh and there will be a video up of her soon :) Just a small cute video.
         
        05-10-2010, 07:49 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Heres the video :)

         
        05-10-2010, 07:53 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Whoa. When the heck did you sell Chance? I've missed a lot! Gorgeous girl!
         
        05-10-2010, 08:22 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Haha she was sold about 10 days ago :) The day I got Nova. Thank you by the way!

    Lol I just watched the video to see what it looked like in full speed lol and for those who are probably like.. she was about to smoosh you/thats dangerous! I didnt compeletely move .. only leaned back just incase I needed to get out of the way if she ended up rolling all the way over :P
         
        05-11-2010, 09:00 AM
      #9
    Green Broke
    Ha ha, Nova's behaviour coming back from the trails reminds me of a horse I used to have that LOVED going out for a good trail ride. I couldn't go out for less than an hour cos that sucker would kick up a fuss if you turned around and tried to go home. She was definitely a 2-3 hour trail riding horse, otherwise I had one very unhappy girl on my hands. Was always nice to know she had enjoyed the ride as much as I had!
         
        05-11-2010, 10:24 AM
      #10
    Banned
    We have a mare at the barn who grinds her teeth rather than biting at other horses, people, etc when she gets pissy. It sounds so disgusting, doesn't it? She had her teeth done in Feburary with the rest of the barn, and she still does it.

    Congrats on the good ride!!
         

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