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    08-26-2010, 01:03 AM
Red face CrOw HopPinG!!!

Ahhh - just need to vent and ask for advice/confirmation from you all...I have a 4 year old Palomino Quarter Horse mare. I bought her earlier this summer from a woman who had started training her and had owned her since she was 1 1/2 years old - got a great deal IMO.

She is great with ground manners (except for tying, she likes to pull back but that's another story ;)) When I bought her she had never been worked with/ridden outside of a round pen!

But since then I have trailered her for camping rides and numerous other trail rides and also all around our area - for the most part she has been a dream!!

Yesterday I worked with desensitizing her (white plastic bags, lead ropes dragging,...) and she did pretty good.

Today I worked with her around the yard (near her herdmates, 3 other mares) and she was doing okay - until I tried to get a little canter out of her...she started crow hopping, throwing little bucks, and throwing her head all around. I gave her a reprimand (little yell and a smack) and immediately worked with softening exercies (giving to the bit and backing) as well as slow trot/jogging circles - to get her listening and working again.

After this I was able to get a nicer, slower, buck-free canter from her and then ended the training on a good note - but just wondering if any of you all have any suggestions for me out there for future training/riding sessions if she decides to act up again...? I know I have a young horse on my hands and every ride can't be guaranteed to be a dream...she is great for the most part though!

Thanks in advance!!!
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    08-26-2010, 01:19 AM
One tool that I use that is invaluable on young horses is the tight spin. It is similar to the one rein stop except you apply inside leg and keep them turning in tiny circles. Whenever she goes to crow hop, take one rein (never 2) and turn her head to the side. Push her into a trot in that little bitty circle and keep her going until you feel like you can't go any longer. I will immediately ask for the lope again and if she hops again, do the same thing the other way. You can drain more piss and vinegar out of a young horse in 15 minutes of doing this than 3 hours of loping. Once they figure out that acting out means hard work, they are much more content to just go easily along doing what you want them to do.
    08-26-2010, 01:28 AM
Thank you!

This is exactly what I needed - today when this happened, I did try the one rein stop/turn/circle deal with her as she was familiar with that before and it did help but I probably did not enforce it long enough or repeat it enough when she was having her little fit! I need to remember that!

Great advice - keep it coming people! :)

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