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    01-22-2010, 06:34 PM
Green Broke
Look at it this way. You've trained how many horses that came in one horses body! (yup, still looking for the up side to this)
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    01-22-2010, 06:35 PM
Green Broke
Oh and no her feed stays the same. We've actually lessened the grain cause she's gaining to much weight.
    01-22-2010, 06:36 PM
Green Broke
Look at it this way. You've trained how many horses that came in one horses body! (yup, still looking for the up side to this
LOL! That's great :P
    01-23-2010, 02:33 AM
Like I said in the other thread, I'd go back to strictly trot work until you have her kinks worked out. Maybe she thinks that canter = run around and play/get out of control. You need to bring her back to earth, and that will be easier at the trot, less fighting with her.
    01-23-2010, 01:26 PM
Green Broke
Lol I think your right .. lately canter has been to much fun for her LOL! She actually offers to canter randomly which is great but I'd rather have her connected with me :P
    01-23-2010, 02:36 PM
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Sometimes they just had off days. Mine were all insane the other day, then a few days later they were fine... Mine haven't been ridden very much at all since Novemeber. She may just be rusty and need a little reminding...
    01-23-2010, 03:26 PM
I have kind of similar issues sometimes. I'm in college, and school's about an hour from home. I get to come home most weekends, but between being gone (sister takes care of the horses, but she's got a lot on her plate, too, between high school and a part time job) and the nasty weather and footing I don't get to do much with Scout, and he doesn't get to go outside like he does in the other 3 seasons. I hate making excuses for it, and I spend my weekends and breaks bringing him back down to earth, but the culmination of all the "winter stuff" takes it's toll on his understanding of manners in general. As of now, he needs saddled and put onto a forward trot until he offers to walk, but my whole farm is a slippery frozen wreck... .

It WILL get better as the weather breaks, I'm sure of it. There may be a little "spring fever" time, but by and large she'll likely improve. For myself, I resign myself to a 3 month riding hiatus, and spend about the first 3 rides of the spring reestablishing sanity and the stuff he knew in the fall, and we continue on our merry for the summer. I do like SeWHC's idea of just going back to the walk and trot under saddle, reestablishing sanity and respect there. It sounds like you've got a good handle on things on the ground, which tells me that it shouldn't take a lot to convince Chance that you're still worthy of respect in the saddle.

Good luck, and ride safely! Things will get easier, I'm sure of it!
    01-23-2010, 09:35 PM
Green Broke
Farmpony- How about off week :P But yeah I mean she is just being put back into "normal" work rather then parelli but even then.. oh well we'll start moving forward again soon :)

SR- Yeah I always feel like im making excuses... oh winter.. oh the snow on the roof.. oh that corner LOL! But today was a good day, worked her on lunge with lunge reins and she did very well, So it keeps me looking for the future :)

Lol trying to keep the horse at the trot undersaddle is the challenge :P now all she wants to do is canter.. not to mention its a NICE canter but then she gets to forward. Lol But yeah Ill definitely do a lot of just walk/trot work keep the canter on the ground for now.

Thanks for the replies :)
    01-23-2010, 11:56 PM
As I mentioned on hour rant thread, yes my horse back slides every winter too, although nowhere near as badly as what you're describing. After 3 seasons of it, I think the ball is finally in my court. He backslides to the same degree each winter, but each year I have more confidence and more tools in my box. I've been having the problem for 2 weeks, but almost have it all worked out. Last week I did a lot of ground work with him in his "scary" areas. This week we put it to the test under saddle. I used ground poles first in the arena and then moved them out into the scary areas to give him something he's familiar with. We walked and trotted over them until he was doing them with complete calmness. Tomorrow we're going to add cantering and then a big rain storm is coming to mess everything up, so next week he may backslide a little, but I strongly doubt we'll be at square one. I'm not sure what to tell you. Just take a few steps back and try to give your horse things to do other than think about the monsters.

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