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post #1 of 7 Old 06-30-2009, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so my mom and I have taken my 6yr/old, Silverina, out on rides on the property behind ours a few [4] times. Shes not fully trained so we've taken her out with our older mare, Asahn, who is BOMB proof (we use her to keep Silvy calm). The first time we took them out Silverina did PERFECT (she has never been so coroportive (sp?) for us as that first time out). The last three times we've taken them out Silverina has fought us EVERY step of the way. And shes gotten worse each time too (the last time we took her out she threw my mom).

I was reading an article in Equus, today about riding behavioral (sp?) problems, and other then the riders mistakes listed [that i know im making once pointed out] and the possibilty of her shoulder (she was shot in her left shoulder in october 04) causing her pain (which she doesnt appear to be in pain) the only option that I found that could be our problem is boredom. Could she possibly get bored with a trail that quickly?

Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-30-2009, 11:42 PM
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How much riding time a week does she get besides trail time? It could be that she's just not sure of what's expected of her and is acting up, or is picking up on rider anxiety. If she's only getting out on the trail, and not getting any other riding time, she may just need more 'hours' put on her, before you take her on the trails again, just to make sure the cues are all being understood.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-30-2009, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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I ride her in the pasture before i take her out on the trail. But unfortunitly (sp?) I havent had much time to ride lately, with trying to find a job and getting everything in line before I leave for school in Sept.

The last time I rode her was June 21. My friend came over and we rode her in the pasture and she did great.

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-02-2009, 12:40 PM
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You said the first time you took her out with another horse. The next three times was the other horse there or was she alone? If the other horse was there and really is bombproof I would try ponying. Get the older horse to pony the mare because she will teach her that theres nothing to be afraid of.

I highly doubt she's bored on trails. Trails are different, constantly changing so for most horses it's either the scariest situation ever or fun and exciting.

How do you mean she was fighting you? What exactly was she doing when she was acting up. How far did you get on the trail before she started acting up? Did she appear to be antsy, nervous, excited, etc? How were her ears, like where were they? Is the trail gravel or dirt/grass?

Sorry lots of questions.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-02-2009, 01:21 PM
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I agree with Piper182. I'd pony her from your other horse as many times as it takes for her to understand that trails really aren't very scary at all. Here is a great guide with photos that Clinton Anderson wrote about ponying horses. Start out in an enclosed space and work from there! I hope the article helps. :)

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-03-2009, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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We've taken the other mare every time.

She start going off the right side of the trail (towards home) and acting like shes gonna start bucking. She goes backwards and turns circles (basicly fighting us to go home). We can get her to stop fighting us and stand there but if we try to get her to walk forward down the trail she starts fighting us again. We'd probably get 50-100yards before she'd start acting up then we'd fight to keep her going in the right direction down the trail. She'd be acting normal, just checking everything out and then all of a sudden she'd start acting up. When we'd start her ears would be forward then when she'd start acting up they would be back (not pinned back like she was gonna kill something, but like she was irritated at us for taking her there and not letting her go home). The trail is dirt/grass

Thanks i'll check out that article hopefully it'll help :)

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-03-2009, 02:33 PM
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Hi there...
I agree with the others but i do have to say that one thing comes to mind...
Now i thought Ponying my horse would be great...being from the track he has done this many times....But..he was haveing behevioral issues and someone said to me...why would you think he would be better behaved and listeng to you when your on another horse....???
I got to thinking about this...
Now being that your horse is young and not that experienced I would suggest doing some ground work with her. Doing the groundwork may help her to understand that your the leader....the better this is understood from the ground the better and sofer you are when under saddle....
You could actually combine all three things....Work her on the ground and gain some respect there to where she is able to move forwards backwards left and right....without any issue...then get on and ride in the pasture a bit then at the end of your session go on a short trail ride then she may be a bit more tired and can either ride her on the trail or pony her on the trail...remember tho consider what could happen if your bucked off or the horse gets away when ponyied...CA DVD should have a solution to prevent this I would think...he always has the greatest stuff in his videos....Most the time horses will go home but i have hear of them running frightened and then becoming lost...
Depending how far out you are and what type of wild land your in...etc...
Everything that the others saud was cool....
I know young horses come with all kinds of quirky things that just have to be worked out slowly...
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