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        07-12-2011, 03:44 AM
      #11
    Foal
    See the bucking I could manage, the reari9ng is what would worry me the most, I had a colt who tried that bit with me, fortunately we never flipped! Just Lee-Lee is a clutz when she panics.
         
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        07-12-2011, 04:20 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    A lot of your problems have to do with going forward. Horses that have a problem with their go button back, toss their heads, go sideways, and worse, rear.

    Get a dressage whip (cause they're longer) and squeeze your legs. When she doesn't go forward (marching like she's going to the feed bin, not like she's a drunk wobbling around), use the whip. Do NOT kick and do NOT just squeeze harder. You are teaching the mare that when I squeeze lightly, you must go forward.

    Don't hold her head at this time either--you want your aid to be clear.

    Now when she wants to rush back to the gate... fine, let her. Don't fight. But WORK her at the gate! Circles, backing, loping, etc. then let her rest at the other side where she is the worst about cutting in. Let her stand there and think about how awesome it is. Repeat.

    Never get off of her at the gate or at the barn. Dismount in places where she doesn't like to go because it's too far from the gate/barn.

    If she ties, you can tie her in the stall when she returns so that she doesn't think her stall is that awesome.

    Take her out of the arena and work her by the barn if possible. This will also reinforce the idea that the gate is not the be-all-end-all. YOU have taught her that, even if accidentally.

    Don't get angry--when you get angry, it only reinforces the idea that her stall is awesome and you riding her sucks. Give her breaks and tons of pats when she does even the little things well. She'll come around.
         
        07-12-2011, 11:35 AM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Falcon    
    Mm don't have money for a professional haha I'm just worried about being to hard on her and all haha
    Have you spoken with a trainer yet? I would greatly encourage you to do so. Tell them point blank that you are not out to waste their time, but you have a potentially dangerous situation. The longer it goes untreated the longer and more difficult the repair will be, I know this first hand. Ask them if there is anything you can work out as far as payment goes; a payment plan or maybe you could provide manuel labor around their facility. It is worth a try to get your mare and you back to where you once were.

    I know how dishearting this situation is and I know how quickly it can knock down the confidence that you worked so hard to build . I'm still trying to build mine back up from a trail ride that went bad with the horse rearing on me and trying to take me into the trees. The second vertical rear with her head turn to my knee I said, I'm DONE. I have that in my mind every time I go to saddle my horse now. I really believe a good trainer who has the safety of both the horse and rider as their top priority will work with you. Good luck and safe riding.
         
        07-12-2011, 12:26 PM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Falcon    
    I feel so stupid about it really, I'll do it to anyone else's horse given permission and all, but when it comes to my little Lee-Lee I'm apprehensive. I don't want to break her trust but don't want her to break me or anyone else.
    it happens exactly the same to me with my boy but the base of a solid relationship is the respect.
    Im not sigesting you beat her just because and make her fear you I say a good smack on time is better than a miss behaved horse cos with those one is herd to have a solid relationship.
    Lso is good for you to remmemebr that when she does something right as small as it can be remmember to go "good girl " on her and encorage her to keep going.
         

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