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        01-23-2013, 12:19 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Question A Couple Of Questions About My 4 Year Old Mare

    Hello horsecrazy people
    I've been riding 4 year old Tiva since last summer. We had great moments together. I spent most of my time grooming , petting and talking to her. She was so careful when I was around. But soon after I started riding her I saw her other side:
    1. She never moved when I put her saddle on, but when I had to put the bridle on.... She held her head really high and I couldn't put the bit in her mouth. I tied the lead rope shorter but somehow she managed to make it loose. Finally I gave up and asked my trainer to help me.
    2. When we go in the outdoor arena she just doesn't want to move. I keep on kicking but there is no reaction. I can't use a whip 'cause she's too sensitive and nobody has ever ridden her that way. I feel bad for giving up so quickly. Maybe it's because I'm afraid she'll buck, rear of people will make laugh at me..
    Please give me you're advise? What should I do? Is it a good thing if I lunge her before I ride her? Will that take some of her energy away? Thanks!
         
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        01-23-2013, 01:00 PM
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    Started
    Hi there(:

    When you rode her last summer, was she still acting this way?

    Also, for the bridle, is it uncomfortable for her in anyway? Too big/small?

    Has she had her teeth done? I know that's a huge thing, it makes such a big difference if their teeth are bothering them!

    I wouldn't lunge her, if she's not moving. If she's not moving, I would have someone leading you around on her.
    Ask her to move forward with a nudge to her sides, and have the person leading her walk forward with her.
    Teach her that she has to go when you tell her too.

    How is she with turning? Do you direct rein or neck rein?
         
        01-23-2013, 01:00 PM
      #3
    Yearling
    Have you done her ground work with the saddle on?
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        01-23-2013, 01:02 PM
      #4
    Started
    Also, don't be afraid if people laugh at you!! Ignore them!

    If you're fearful or her bucking or rearing.. Has she actually ever done that?
    Maybe instead of a whip, try just riding with a crop. Don't beat her, just ride normally.
    If you ask her to walk on and she doesn't listen give her a tap with the crop.
    If it's with a bucker, I like to tap the shoulder. I don't know if that makes a difference, but I feel more comfortable doing that instead.
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        01-23-2013, 01:07 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Another possibility could be that she's only testing you, she knows your not pushing her so she doesn't walk and now she knows that so it's her way of getting out of work..
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        01-24-2013, 01:45 AM
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    Yearling
    Sounds to me like she is testing you.......btw welcome to the forum!!
    I have a very sensitive mare, her son who is going to be 4 this spring, I started under saddle (well I use a bareback pad and halter on him, a friend uses the saddle/bridle on him) last fall. He also wouldn't move forward, is very sensitive like his mom.....I'm too old to rodeo a horse LOL so instead of a riding crop what I did was used my hand and took my finger and poked him on the bum...he instantly moved forward! With my mare if she is being stuborn about something I take the reins (I use rope ones with a lead on it also which I made) and I will take the lead part and slap it on the front ahead of my legs, that's usually enough for her to get the message and move.......have you done ground work with her either? Doing ground work will help establish you as her leader and get her listening to you.....
         
        01-24-2013, 02:23 AM
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    Trained
    She knows if she holds her head high, you can't put the bridle on, ergo, you won't make her work. And when you manage to get the bridle on, you take her to the arena and if she stops, you can't make her go, so TA DA! Her nifty plan worked like charm. You need someone to show you how to bridle a horse that like to be a giraffe, it's quite an easy fix but not something that can be explained and taken to task, you need hands on instruction. As for her stopping, use a riding crop, you don't have to beat her silly, but she needs to understand that go, means go, not "only if you want to, because I can't make you." She needs to know when you ask for something as simple as a walk or a trot, she needs to do it when you ask, not when she feels like it.
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        01-24-2013, 02:55 AM
      #8
    Foal
    Thank you all for your helpfull advice! Well she always reacts to the direct rein but somethimes can be really stubborn about it. Yeah, we're doing pretty good with the ground work. She has bucked only once. We were on a trail ride and a foal was walking next to her (cause the foal's mom was in front of us) and my girl wanted to play so she bucked and at that time I was relaxed, it just came out of nowhere.... And I fell Another thing l'm sure going to check her teeth with a vet, this might be the reason, or she just isn't used to the bridle yet. Thanks a lot!
         
        01-24-2013, 03:08 AM
      #9
    Foal
    There is something I really wanted to share with you.When her mom is in the paddock watching us.. She is like the best horse in the WORL! And when we're alone she does all of the things above
         

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