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post #1 of 41 Old 07-22-2009, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Chaotic Meltdown

UGH!! I had Drill Team practice yesterday, like I do almost everyday. We were doing great. Blu's been working in a hackamore until I find the right bit for us.

Well....all of our training went to waste after Blu decided not to stop at the gate. He hit one horse, ignored every cue, reared, and acted like a total ******!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats just an itty bitty tiny summary.

You guys I can't take it! I cried. I sat there and cried while Blu was acting stupid. I've had it. If he does this ONE more time, I think I'm done. We've been doing so good. His headset has been great. His lope has improved so much! And now this happens 'out of the Blu'. Today we don't have practice but I'm going to work with Boo anyways. I'm getting help from a friend that raises and trains Appaloosas. She's gonna let me try her Sweet Six to see how Blu does with a bit and noseband.

We literally took five GIANT steps back. I won't be able to carry a flag with the small amount of control I have. But worst of all, I probably won't show in August....

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post #2 of 41 Old 07-22-2009, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and it didn't help that my so-called-friend was being a flippin B**** about it! She was telling me how to train my horse and saying I was too perfect. She threatened to fight me...that was not intimidating AT ALL because she's not exaclty. Nevermind. She was acting just as stupid as Blu. I could have punched her right there and she wouldn't have woken up until today. She told me I could get bucked off and die and she wouldn't care. I didn't really care if she cared either. She always says she's a better rider with a better horse. I'd like to cuss here but due to the fact that I really respect this place..I won't go down to that level.

This is just a huge mess...

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I'm sorry to hear about the huge mess that happened, I hope that things get straightened out for you. Sounds pretty cool though that your in a drill team! We don't have any of those where I'm at! My suggestion is that you start back to slow with him for a while till he perfect each stage, begining at the walk, trot and than loap again, he could have just had a bad day just as we have bad days! take a day or tow, cool down and just spend good old quality time with him, take a lead line and lead him to green's outside of the pasture, something nice and simple, something that you know he knows what to do!

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Thanks Arura. If there was grass where he's pastured right now, I'd take him. :)

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post #5 of 41 Old 07-22-2009, 03:07 PM
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Sounds like you need to chill........ just because you have one bad ride doesn't mean ALL the training is out the window..... Geez if that were the case we'd all just give up and sell our horse's. Their a sentient being, maybe he's sore from having to work everyday.

So you had a bad night....... brush it off and try again.
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First things first. How many times has he done this? Does he always act poorly around the gate? Or does he just act "stupid" randomly? If it's a gate issue, I would suggest groundwork around the gate - put him on a lunge line and work him at all the gaits, and make him work through his misbehavior. A lot of horses (mine included) like to "duck out" at the gate, but a little groundwork goes a long way!

When you work him, be confident and assertive, and try not to let him see you get frustrated - horses pick up on that and remember, he's NOT a person - your frustration/disappointment won't make him try harder - it will make him act up more, because as you lose control over your emotions he will take advantage. If you can't ride or work him without losing it, then have someone else work him. Maybe take a break for a few days. If he does act up, make sure to work him through it - if you put him away after he misbehaves without immediate correction, then all he has learned is that misbehavior puts him back in his comfy pasture. Make sure the bit you use isn't extremely harsh - anything in his mouth will be a step up from a hackamore, and a harsh bit isn't the solution to a training problem.

How long have you and this horse been working with the drill team? Maybe you are asking too much, too fast - does this horse reliably walk, jog, lope, stop, and back on command? By himself, and also in a group? If he doesn't, then that's where you need to work before you even think about showing. If showing in drill team is really important to you (and it sounds like it is), maybe see if you can ride a different horse. Don't rush Blu - if you push it too far this season to get him to a show, then he might never make it to shows in the future. Showing is fun, but not at the expense of good, basic, training.
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sounds like you need to chill........ Just because you have one bad ride doesn't mean all the training is out the window..... Geez if that were the case we'd all just give up and sell our horse's. Their a sentient being, maybe he's sore from having to work everyday.

So you had a bad night....... Brush it off and try again.
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Sounds like you need to chill........ just because you have one bad ride doesn't mean ALL the training is out the window..... Geez if that were the case we'd all just give up and sell our horse's. Their a sentient being, maybe he's sore from having to work everyday.

So you had a bad night....... brush it off and try again.
I was also thinking along those lines... training is a two steps forward one day 3 back the next day-kind of thing. I understand your frustrations but don't give up on him. Also don't let your "friend" get to you either... most people that spout out about how much better they are then you is usually a case of jealousy because they aren't the way they want to really be.


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There's nothing wrong with blowing off some steam in a venting thread :(

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post #10 of 41 Old 07-22-2009, 04:25 PM
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There's nothing wrong with blowing off some steam in a venting thread :(
I don't believe anyone said that there was something wrong. We are suggesting she take a breath and then give it another shot! The horse had a bad day...... doesn't mean everything he's learnt to date is washed away.......
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