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    03-19-2012, 05:14 AM
Confused: So, my horse is a bit of a baggage...

Its true, she is -.-

Let me explain.. anything else you need, please ask... any clues, or similair stories, please share so I am not alone!

Duffy works beautifully for me, W/T/C with the lightest of aids, we're aiming for more medium steps too, which she's doing really well. She halts off my seat, and is very light in the mouth. Some of the things I really pride myself on, and she works beautifully, we still have a long way to go, but heck.. I always knew she'd be a project horse.

She can trot 10/8m circles no issues, all school figures in w/t no problems despite her size too.

However, four people have tried her out. The lady who came yesterday is well known in the area as a good dressage rider and brings her own horses on. I've known her for a while, and I like the way she rides. She got on yesterday without me getting on first.

Walk was no issue, I did say I give her a good 10/15 mins to warm up in a walk with lots of bends as she's a big horse with a lot to warm up. No problems.

Then she asked for trot.

And like everyone else she's done it too, she just walked. Didn't speed the walk up, just.. walked. I said give her a sharp whip on the shoulder, its purely a respect thing, so she did, and Duffy ambled in to trot. She managed to get her working eventually, and did some leg yielding steps which we haven't even done yet, and some piroutte steps (wowserss!!) and then asked for canter.. she managed about three strides, asking as I ask, and Duffy was just a butt!!

So I got on afterwards and showed her that when I ask her for anything, its the lightest pressure from my legs, including canter, and she's extremely forward.

She said she'll let me know, she's aware of the condition I bought her in and is impressed of how she looks, and feels she has a lot of potential, only working 50% at the trot so far, which isn't an issue as I told her we've taken it slow rather than too fast and break/sour the horse.

But this isn't on off occassions.

She does this with 90% of people who have gotten on her.

Is it respect (lack of) for them and their legs etc, or is she just not interested? I'm pulling my hair out a bit here.. because I can't really sell a horse that no one can ride!
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    03-19-2012, 05:27 AM
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The same with my horse. He's really forward with me, light and responsive, I can canter with him from a stop on a good day, go anywhere in trails, groundwork at liberty, etc. But, if anyone else gets on him - he won't move. If he will, he'll just walk. If he'll walk, then to the wrong direction. It seems that he just dislikes other people suddenly riding him and he needs lots of respect and relationship building before he'll do anything for a stranger. He can be forced, but if so, he'll be very unwilling and with a possibility to buck or bolt.

On a side note, I've been reading most of what you have been writing about Duffy and I admire the work you've done with her. You're both fantastic, and I keep my fingers crossed for you to find the perfect owner for her. :)
    03-19-2012, 05:36 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only one!

My saving grace is she has no bolt in her, she just walks!

I generally ride her first so she's warm and loose... and then when people get on, they have all the fun.

Thanks very much though ;) She's doing VERY well in my opinion, and I had my lesson Saturday and my usual hard a$$ trainer wouldn't stop praising us.. first time ever, with any horse I have ridden!
    03-19-2012, 06:07 AM
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I think that an experienced rider will be able to recognize this behaviour and see her potential. And, as for my horse - that was one of the things I liked in him before I bought him. A horse that is devoted to his owner/rider, not to just anybody that hops on his back.
    03-19-2012, 06:16 AM
Yesterday's rider did, but a lot of people are put off by it, which is understandable.

I like it too, she knows me and she knows we don't play, we work, we get the reward THEN we play, not before ahaha
    03-19-2012, 07:58 AM
I love Duffy! (random fact).
I think anyone who comes and says 'it's the horse' as an excuse not to have her has wasted your time. Ramble, ramble, sorry.... x
    03-19-2012, 08:16 AM
Originally Posted by ConfusciusWasAGreatTeachr    
I love Duffy! (random fact).
I think anyone who comes and says 'it's the horse' as an excuse not to have her has wasted your time. Ramble, ramble, sorry.... x

I love her too aha!!

She can move, but two out of three trial people she gave a tester 'nip' too, one didn't do anything, one moved her shoulders away from her and stood firm and that one she got her going better.

She is a tester, and she CAN move, and that's why I get on and say 'I'm not the best rider ever, but she can do it' I'm not beating away at my horse either.

She's a real monkey, she really is ahaha

I am SO doomed trying to sell this horse
    03-19-2012, 08:25 AM
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Just a random thought - maybe she likes it with you and doesn't want to be sold, that's why the attitude.
    03-19-2012, 08:27 AM
Ahh, I think you may be on to a winner there Saranda.

I must remind her, however, that if she like me so much.. not to stand on my toes and break them!!
    03-19-2012, 08:30 AM
At least when people get on she just walks :) We just got an arabian and she is sooooo perfect when I ride her but when anyone else gets on she refuses to stop, runs around like an idiot and is just plain out scary for who ever is on her. I can say whoa and she stops, she neck reins, hits each gait as soon as I ask. I would say you have a one rider type of horse...thats not a bad thing if you had planned on keeping her. I would suggest having a couple different friends help you out and have them ride her once a week...rotate who gets on and let her see that she is going to be asked to do the same stuff by different people. Good luck.

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