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post #1 of 7 Old 07-30-2009, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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couple quick questions!

If you guys have read in my other thread, I just switched barns! =] as expected my horsey has been of course excited and i have found that when i ride him he calls to the other horses etc and wont listen to me! once i catch myself getting frustrated i stop, relax, and ask again. i dont like getting into a pulling fight b/c it is futile...there is no way im going to win against a 1100 lb animal! what can i do? i also think this will go away once he gets moved in with another buddy, but just in case...

i have one more question and i feel dumb about asking it a one rein stop similar to a pulley rein? please explain this to me! thx in advance! =]
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-30-2009, 11:14 PM
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I do believe the one rein stop is a pulley rein i think they are just different terms. you pull the horse's rein back to your knee so that they make a small circle. this should slow them down or make them stop, depending on the gait and how it us used.
When I first started training my mare, she did the same with the horses she was with, but of corse she was with them for eight years. It may just be anxeity from being moved, that your horse is finding comfort in the other horses. Im not sure how to help you there, maybe go for a ride with some of them so your horse wont feel alone? Im really not sure, sorry!
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I wouldn't really recommend the one rein stop. A circle will do just fine, and accomplishes the same thing without having your horses nose on your knee. =]

Just keep him BUSY. I'm sure you can feel when he is about to talk to someone, so before he gets a chance, transition, turn, sidestep, just make him use his body.

My horses like to scream at each other when I take one away from the rest. It annoys the heck out of me! So whenever I take one away, I try to stop the whinny before they can even get it out. My filly and I go on walks, and I can see her nostrils flair and her eyes get bright. I know what's coming, so we circle AWAY from me, or start trotting, or stop and back up. While I'm riding my older mare, I can feel her ribcage expand, her head goes up, her ears towards home, so we circle, I send her off into a trot or a canter, or we back up. It seems to work pretty well. They still scream sometimes, but at least they scream and keep listening to me. =]

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-31-2009, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for explaining the one rein stop, i havent needed to use it but i was just curious =] and i will definitely try to stop him from calling B4 it happens, but like i said hopefully he will get a buddy soon! thx! =]
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I made a really bad video on one rein stops. It will give you an idea of how to do one. I did at a time when we had been out for a long time and Vida was really wanting to come home
I also completely ignore the calling stuff. Whenever I've had a horse with buddy loves I do lots of go away and come backs. Just take him until you feel you have reached the end of his comfort zone. Turn around and go back. Go out again and push him a little farther. Keep going away and coming back. He needs to know that he's not leaving forever.

Eta I just notice I got my rein stuck on my stirrup on this one LOL I forgot, I'm such a doofus

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I'd suggest keeping his mind busy with transitions, changing direction, circles, roll backs, serpentines figure eights, ect.
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thx i will try that! ^ and thx for making a video it helped my understanding a lot, and as for getting your rein stuck in your stirrup, that is definitely something i would do! lol! i forgot to tell you this but sometimes when he isnt listening and i try to circle, back, transition etc he pulls and fights the bit. just realize that this is not usual behavior for him, and like i have been saying its a new barn so you know...he is kinda confused and wigged out. im on vacation for over a week and i bet when i get back he will be with a buddy and calmed down, relaxed, happy, content etc. at least thats what im hoping! thx again! =]
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