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post #21 of 27 Old 08-02-2013, 03:06 PM
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Here ya go.. $28 or there about. This is what I have. Can be used on a bike (bicycle not motor bike) too. :)

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I was not actually criticizing your riding in the video.. I was just offering up something to help you better train this horse. No matter how experienced you are, lessons can help you. I trained a pile of horses and then would go and take a few lessons when I could. Fresh eyes and all that sort of thing. ;)

I know.. we all say we won't ever sell.. but if you have a severe head injury you will be in long term nursing care and have no choice. I had a nephew with a severe head injury and believe me.. you won't ever be the same person again. But that is NOT what is going to happen to you!

One other thing.. if you can build a mounting block you can get on and ride without your feet in the stirrups for a few rides. When getting on a really green horse like this I always tried to avoid using stirrups to mount and dismount because if you get hung up it can go bad real fast. When I got off I never stepped down with a stirrup. I took both feet out of the stirrups and then dismounted by swinging my leg over and my body around. Saved my butt a few times.

The getting on and getting off using the stirrup sets you up to get hung up and it also twists the saddle out of shape over time.

I trained a lot of horses. I just want this to go smoothly for you. You got a nice horse there.

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post #22 of 27 Old 08-02-2013, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Here ya go.. $28 or there about. This is what I have. Can be used on a bike (bicycle not motor bike) too. :)

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I was not actually criticizing your riding in the video.. I was just offering up something to help you better train this horse. No matter how experienced you are, lessons can help you. I trained a pile of horses and then would go and take a few lessons when I could. Fresh eyes and all that sort of thing. ;)

I know.. we all say we won't ever sell.. but if you have a severe head injury you will be in long term nursing care and have no choice. I had a nephew with a severe head injury and believe me.. you won't ever be the same person again. But that is NOT what is going to happen to you!

One other thing.. if you can build a mounting block you can get on and ride without your feet in the stirrups for a few rides. When getting on a really green horse like this I always tried to avoid using stirrups to mount and dismount because if you get hung up it can go bad real fast. When I got off I never stepped down with a stirrup. I took both feet out of the stirrups and then dismounted by swinging my leg over and my body around. Saved my butt a few times.

The getting on and getting off using the stirrup sets you up to get hung up and it also twists the saddle out of shape over time.

I trained a lot of horses. I just want this to go smoothly for you. You got a nice horse there.
I do the same thing when I dismount. First I get my feet out of the stirrups, then I take my right foot and slowly bring it up to his butt, and rub it all over the top of it so he can get used to that feeling. Then I slowly swing myself off of him. I don't feel like getting dragged, either so that seems to be the best way to do things. Every time I dismount, he's always licking and chewing, so I know that he's at least learning something.

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post #23 of 27 Old 08-03-2013, 02:46 PM
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I agree with everyone else. Here are my impressions:

1) I feel there's still too much tension in the beginning. (And I also use a strong person on the ground, when need be---keep your good brother around for awhile.)

2) After you get halfway on, get off. Personally, I'd then give a treat. Plenty will disagree with me, but I feel if my horse will eagerly take a carrot bit or cookie, all is well for all of us. When she is not interested, there's something wrong---there's too much tension, and I take that as a serious warning. Then half-mount from the other side. Until it's really a non-event for your horse.

3) I don't know how much groundwork you did before the video, but my approach with a young horse is to let him know EXACTLY what is expected. I would either lunge her in a small circle, or have your brother lead her. Then upon mounting, no standing around---this can build tension too-- just do the EXACT same walking in the circle. Then get off, and do the same thing the other way. Treats, of course...

Anyway, that's the way I'd start a nervous horse. Please be very careful. The motto at my house is Safety First. We always allow ourselves to "back down" or what seems backwards in progress. Right now I feel getting your horse to be much more relaxed and complacent, more confident that he knows what the story is, is the priority.
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post #24 of 27 Old 08-03-2013, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Beling, I did get on, get off, walk around, etc. We had about an hour of groundwork done before the video started. I don't give him treats, because he doesn't like them. He'll only eat treats if he's really hungry, otherwise he just spits them out on the ground. Anyway, I ordered my helmet yesterday, and it should be here in about a week or two! :)
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post #25 of 27 Old 08-03-2013, 08:07 PM
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Treats don't always work. Sometimes long strokes of the neck.. both sides.. can be calming and you can do that on the horse's back.

Agree with a plan and execution. Walk horse in 6 circles each direction on the ground then repeat with you on. Change circle direction by cutting across the center.

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post #26 of 27 Old 08-03-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Lakota loves to have his forehead rubbed, and he has a spot under his chin that I scratch if I really wanna butter him up. Lol

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post #27 of 27 Old 08-03-2013, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Treats don't always work. Sometimes long strokes of the neck.. both sides.. can be calming and you can do that on the horse's back.

Agree with a plan and execution. Walk horse in 6 circles each direction on the ground then repeat with you on. Change circle direction by cutting across the center.
After this video, that is how my brother lead me around. You can't really see it here, but my mom has more videos of it..They're just really boring. Lol

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