Breakthrough with my no-slow mare!

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Breakthrough with my no-slow mare!

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    03-30-2013, 09:45 AM
Breakthrough with my no-slow mare!

When I got Bunny she didn't know how to stop, stand, back up or slow down. (Of course she knew, but she wouldn't listen) I've had a very little progress just riding it out and doing endless circles/making her work when she sped up as I had been suggested many times. When I asked her to stop she would slow down for a few seconds at best, if I asked too much she would buck. If I asked for her to back up she would threaten to rear (I've never had her actually rear on me).

A few days ago I got really tired of it and decided I would work on it from the ground. For about a mile and half I had her walk beside me (no reins/lead or anything), trot when I said the word and sped up myself, and stop when I said whoa. By the end of the mile she would nearly be on her butt stopping as soon as I started to say the word. I also worked on her backing up at the touch of my hand.

What an incredible difference that exercise made under saddle! I can safely say we've had a breakthrough. I could transition from walk, trot, canter, stopping and backing up easily and with no resistance. It might sounds sappy but I was so happy I cried.
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    03-30-2013, 10:30 AM
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Glad that exercise helped your problem.
    03-30-2013, 11:09 AM
Congrats! I know the feeling!:):):):):)
    03-30-2013, 11:28 AM
How did you go without any lead? My horse would just stop and graze if left to her choice
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    03-30-2013, 11:39 AM
Originally Posted by tiffanyodonnell    
How did you go without any lead? My horse would just stop and graze if left to her choice
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She did stop for grass a few times at first, she had reins on (was fully tacked) because I originally was going to ride. I would first snap my fingers and say her name, which worked for the most part but the couple times it didn't I would just give a gentle tug on the reins in the right direction to get her attention. It helps that I play "follow the leader" with her in the pasture as a game. I try to make things fun for her and she is more interested that way.

Also, when I got her she wasn't very good at leading so I worked on it a lot, and she learned to stay with me pretty well.

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