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        02-28-2014, 06:49 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Bolt lightening Mare - Help please

    Gesh feel like I am really leaning on this forum lately for advice, Thanks in Advance for reading my novel :)

    So long story short got a Mare recently and got told she has done CTR and Pony Club. I have started hacking her out off the property and she tries to turn and bolt home multiple times while out. She isn't herd bound or even Nappy, she just seems to be looking for things to worry about. And when she finds something she doesn't stop and look at it, she doesn't start or jump she will immediately turn and try to run home. She is fine when ridden in a paddock by herself and also ground work is good. Just when we hack out alone she starts this behaviour.

    I want to start by saying she has not succeeded once in any attempt so far. She does get around but I have her head and keep her hip disengaged until she settles then on we go. But I am only a novice rider and eventually she will probably manage dump me and run.

    Does anyone have experience with a horse that bolts like this and did you manage to train it out of them? How long did it take?

    Please it isn't an option for me to ride her with another person, I want to get her confident hacking out alone. Also she does not make me nervous or anxious, oddly I'm not scared to ride her out when I probably should be. Also I really, really like this mare and do want to fix this behaviour even if its a long term solution.

    Although on the plus side to this behaviour, it has forced me to keep my heels down, my seat pushing her forward, moving with her and my back nice and straight and looking were I want her to go :) Riding her a handful of times out has probably already made me a better rider than a year spend plodding around the paddock with lazy legs and posture.
         
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        02-28-2014, 07:11 PM
      #2
    Trained
    My horse used to do that. Fun, isn't it? You're doing the right thing by disengaging her hind end and not letting her bolt. I'm curious if you're turning her back the way she turned away or making a circle back to the direction you want. Ironically it seems to make a huge difference. If they make the full circle, they somehow feel they won the battle even though they didn't get to go anywhere. If you turn her back the way she tried to turn away, you will effectively have erased her attempt to bolt in her mind.

    If there's anyway you can keep her from turning at all and keep her pointed in the direction you want to go, that would probably be the next step in training it out of her. I rode out about 100 of those before I finally got sick of it, popped my horse behind the leg, and told him to knock it off. He stopped doing it for entertainment and now just does it if he's truly startled or scared. Mares are a bit thicker, so that might not work for you.

    Good luck. She'll get bored with it eventually.
         
        02-28-2014, 07:30 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Generally I turn her back the way she came around. However now I think about it, it depends on where she relaxes in the one rein stop. If she relaxes back around then yes should would be turned the way she bolted. Should I turn her back around full circle?

    Also this may be important. She will take any opportunity to turn home, not just when she tries to turn and run. If she does try I turn her back the way she came. If that makes sense lol.

    Is this a different form of Nappy behaviour? My only experience with a horse being nappy is my old beginner horse, but he used to just try and stamp his feet and try and back up.
         
        02-28-2014, 07:38 PM
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    Trained
    You don't want her to complete a circle, so always turn her back the way she tried to turn away so she retraces her steps. I do think it is a nappy behaviour. It really seems to be a version of entertainment for the horse. Have you tried a good swift pop of the crop to her butt when she starts to get sticky?
         
        02-28-2014, 08:43 PM
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    Foal
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    You don't want her to complete a circle, so always turn her back the way she tried to turn away so she retraces her steps. I do think it is a nappy behaviour. It really seems to be a version of entertainment for the horse. Have you tried a good swift pop of the crop to her butt when she starts to get sticky?
    I could try and see if give her a smack straight off see if it helps.

    So if I have to one rein her and she stops facing the right way do I still turn her back around 360??
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        02-28-2014, 08:47 PM
      #6
    Trained
    No 360. If she turns left, turn her back right and vice versa. You want to undo the direction she chose by going back that same way.

    I should add, the way I keep my horse from turning at all is to use training wheels reins when he spooks. By quickly moving them out wide in a large triangle shape, it blocks both of his shoulders and gives me much more leverage to keep him straight.
         
        02-28-2014, 08:57 PM
      #7
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
    No 360. If she turns left, turn her back right and vice versa. You want to undo the direction she chose by going back that same way.

    I should add, the way I keep my horse from turning at all is to use training wheels reins when he spooks. By quickly moving them out wide in a large triangle shape, it blocks both of his shoulders and gives me much more leverage to keep him straight.
    Ok Thank You! Will try both these techniques on her ;)
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