Bad Day *rant* long - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 85 Old 01-12-2010, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2,641
• Horses: 0
Bad Day *rant* long

May be long.. repetive... etc.. just wanna get it all out. Bare with me :) Reply how ever you want, negitive or positive. If you mis understood something ill be happy to clearify :) Just lots of thoughts going at once. Read it all before replying lol.

Today I had one of the worst rides on Chance in a LONG time! Before today she was w/t/c and jumping with perfect transitions and slowing down right when I asked..... but I gave her a week or more off but was still doing ground work and getting her energy out, so theres no way she was just hyper. When I started riding her again I just did parelli patterns. Today when I wanted to do some real work, she decided to just take off full out bucking. This didnt scare me or anything just ask kept her going afterwards. I know its not the saddle, because I rode her in it the day before and she was fine.

I think its because I was finally telling her how it was gonna be done, before I was doing the parelli patterns on a long loose rein and letting her figure it out and just having fun, not really working her and she just took advantage of it all today. Bolting, bucking, pulling, trying to drag me over jumps, not stopping... everything and I kept calm and would ask her to stop or let out some rein and let her do what she wanted [as in the pace of each gait] and she would be fine, nice low head. If it was the saddle she would show pain either way. Correct?? I checked her back and she never flinched.

I dont want to blame it on parelli so much because I love the ground work and always have fun with that, but everytime I try and go back to parelli undersaddle my horse goes back like 10 steps! Its RIDICULOUS! I only went back to it this time because about 6 people kept saying how I was riding her "the normal way" It was horrible and wrong, and I let it get to me, well IDC anymore I want the horse I! trained back! Not this dominate little B****.

I dont need a certin type of program to keep my horse happy. Theres NO way im gonna sit here and listen to people who do parelli say its my fault, because I did nothing different but take a little more leadership of the situation. Shes a lot of horse in a small package and I cant let her get away with what she did today, parelli or not.

NOTE: for those who are wanting to try Parelli, DO IT! Its the best form of ground work IMO, just be careful if you have young/dominate horses when it comes to the riding. But it has taught me a lot about reading horses and working WITH the horse not against, and thats what im gonna take away from it w/ all the horses I work with. Ground work part is staying with me.

I have a video to "prove" that she can w/t/c and jump calmly when ridden the "normal way" and you can clearly see theres no "forcing". -.- To parelli it seems like if its not exactly their way its wrong and forcing the horse. Sure theres some ear pinning in the video because it was at least an hour into teh ride and I wanted to get video so I pushed her a bit more and she was done in her head so she got a little fussy. But never once refused to do what I asked.

HorsesAreForever is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 85 Old 01-12-2010, 08:32 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: CO
Posts: 5,061
• Horses: 5
I'm not for or against Parelli either way, so I can't advise you there.

Maybe she just had a really bad day...I know one day I was working Blue, and he lays down easily, but not that day...he kept going partially down, and then popping back up...he did eventually go down, and the next day didn't give any problems...maybe just give her the benefit of the doubt today, given that she was so good yesterday.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
mom2pride is offline  
post #3 of 85 Old 01-12-2010, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2,641
• Horses: 0
Well she wasnt all that great yesterday either, she was taking off then too. I just thought it was a bad day then, but when she was doing it worse today I knew she was just being dominate and the patterns just werent doing it for her.

That last good ride we had was the first ride after her week off, and thats it. The rest shes just been slowly getting worse. Maybe its just a bad week.

I love parelli, just not the riding part, it would be nice with a calm older horse but with a young hotter breed its just not going right and I've done all the ground work plus more, she just seems to need a firmer leader undersaddle.
HorsesAreForever is offline  
post #4 of 85 Old 01-12-2010, 09:04 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,157
• Horses: 0
Funny things happen when it's a little cold outside and horses are feeling good and have some time off. Sometimes they think they're on vacation. Suddenly we ask them for something they don't agree with such as walking past the scary tree stump or trotting on the bit. Instead of complying, the result is a bucking, rearing hissy fit. My normally sweet boy has been a monster this winter.

I'm sure I'll take some crap for this, but I don't always see the connection between ground work and riding. Just the other day I had the aforementioned tree stump problem. Every time I tried to take my horse out to a field behind the property, he would get to the same place, freeze, spin around and try to run away. I spent half an hour one rein stopping and trying to get him past the tree stump using every tool in my kit. Once my toes froze, I knew I was running out of time to address the situation. I got off, walked him past it a few dozen times with no reaction whatsoever from him. I got back on and we were right back to square one. I'm not a nervous or reactive rider, and I did all I could to stay calm and not get angry with him. None of it worked. Hopefully the next time will be different. Chalk it up to a bad day and go to your next ride with a completely erased memory. That's my plan anyway!!
MyBoyPuck is offline  
post #5 of 85 Old 01-12-2010, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2,641
• Horses: 0
Maybe its all the snow. Ill try again next time and see what happens. I might go back and forth from loose rein to contact, and see how she does. Its not like she hasnt been ridden with contact before.

See if Chance was to spook at something like that, I dont lead her to it, I send her to it or by it and let her figure it out. If I lead her she is only okay cause shes following me and im confident, if im not there to go near it she has to get confident in herself. Do you understand what I mean??

Thanks for replying :) I had a ton of thoughts going at once so I decided to post them here lol
HorsesAreForever is offline  
post #6 of 85 Old 01-12-2010, 09:27 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,157
• Horses: 0
Ha! I never thought of that, sending him past it. Great idea. See how great these forums are. When we're stuck thinking X, there's always somebody around to suggest Y. I'll try it next time we get stuck at the horse eating stump. Good luck on your next ride.
MyBoyPuck is offline  
post #7 of 85 Old 01-12-2010, 09:27 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 5,455
• Horses: 1
Most of the time when our horses are not doing what they should be doing it is not the fault of the horse or the training program or the saddle. It's the rider. You seem like you really know what your doing so I can't tell you what to do but look at yourself first. Many times when the horse doesn't get enough of an idea from the rider it will come up with an idea of his own and most of the time it's not what the rider wants.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
kevinshorses is offline  
post #8 of 85 Old 01-12-2010, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2,641
• Horses: 0
Quite literally, I was trotting her along side teh wall and squeezed with my legs just a bit asking for a bit more spring in her trot and ZOOM we were off bucking. So .. idk. She also took off once, when I was just turning her around the corner at the walk and she just took off. To me I didnt feel like I was doing anything, at least nothing different then I normally do besides asked her for a bit more forward movement... she just went more forward then I wanted LOL!!

MyBoyPuck- Thanks! And Good luck with that scary stump! Haha Careful might be a horse eatting monster on it :P
HorsesAreForever is offline  
post #9 of 85 Old 01-12-2010, 09:33 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,157
• Horses: 0
The problem with the cold weather, is that it gives the rider limited time to address some situations. My horse did a similar thing with a wood pile last year. Wouldn't go past it, no matter what. Unlike my last ride where it was 20 degrees out and my extremities started to freeze, it was a beautiful spring day. After exhausting every tool in my kit, I literally sat there for 40 minutes and took in the scenery while my horse tried trick after trick for getting away from the wood pile. After the 40 minutes, I guess he realized I was thicker in the head than him. He let out a big sigh, walked calmly past the wood pile and never did it again. Goofball. I'm sure I could have managed the tree stump thing better if I could have felt all parts of my body, but time was just against me. It's supposed to be a balmy 40 degrees next time I ride, so I'll be able to be as stubborn as him.
MyBoyPuck is offline  
post #10 of 85 Old 01-12-2010, 09:48 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Brundidge,AL
Posts: 62
• Horses: 0
First of all it has nothing to do with the weather, saddle, being in heat, or any other excuse people can come up with. Second, it's not a problem with Parelli program either.

It sounds like you need to challenge your horse a little bit(the one thing Parelli doesn't stress enough). You mentioned going back and letting her be(loose rein) and she went back to calm. That's fine for you to let her know how laid back things can be, but you have to show her how tough they can be also. That way she really craves being respectful and disciplined and you can accomplish something.

So do this, when your horse wants to buck, bolt, or whatever else you have got to let her know that things are going to become very bad for her when she does that. The way you do that is by really putting her to work very hard and when she decides to start acting right(while your still "challenging" her) then give her a good rest and leave her alone for a little bit. What this does is show her a very distinct difference in the consequence you are giving her for her actions, desired and undesired.
PaytonSidesHorsemanship is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Maybe there's no hope? *long rant* IheartPheobe Jumping 25 12-10-2009 07:13 PM
I need to rant. This is going to be long. Jessabel Horse Talk 8 08-16-2009 06:30 PM
Rant (long) 1dog3cats17rodents Other Pets 24 06-23-2009 11:53 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome