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post #1 of 25 Old 09-03-2012, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Did I do the right thing?

So this afternoon I went out to ride my horse and as soon as I got on he was being a total wingnut. He was not paying attention to me, running through my hands, trying to bolt and buck. I hopped off and check him for any pain, and found none. Since he had been doing his antics with ears up and almost gleefully I decided that the cool, crisp, fall breeze was going to his head (I was riding outside, the outdoor at my barn is 300x150 so pretty big.) So, I snapped a lunge line on him but soon realized that all I was doing was winding him up more, so I traded my lunge line for a lead and a dressage whip and started doing some ground work, by now he was in a halter, I had taken my saddle off of him. I made him move his shoulder, butt, every part of him. I worked on ground work for probably an hour until he would move any part of him by me just lightly touching him. By this point he was licking and hewing his lips, and his ears were flopped to either side, excepted for when I asked him to do something, then he would point then at me. I took this as a sign of 'defeat' (respect really, right?) and decided to end our session with a good hose off and liniment rub down and put him in his stall with his dinner and said goodnight and left the barn.
So, did I do the correct thing? Should I have gotten back on him? Or was it right to end it where I did? I am thinking of doing some serious ground with him before at least and maybe after every ride, I should right?
Thanks for any replies, especially if you read the whole thing:)
Also sorry for any spelling errors, I'm on my phone :)
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ETA this was really my first time doing ground work with him let alone any horse, I guess I never understood its importance, boy do I now!!!

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post #2 of 25 Old 09-03-2012, 10:11 PM
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Well, you didn't do the wrong thing by loosing your patience with him. It's great that you ended things on a good note, so you definitely did the right thing. I find it really important to teach my horse basic lateral movements undersaddle, when he learns them correctly he will slow when I ask him or it takes his focus off of what he is all worked up about (prevention rather than cure).
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What do you mean that I lost patience? I got off of him because he felt dangerous and was not listening, I didn't want to fall off.
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Absolutely. When you have a horse that is being a butt and not listening to you, your best bet is to go back to what he knows. Be patient and don't lose your temper.
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Oh whoops I think I read you post wrong sorry! :)
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Absolutely. When you have a horse that is being a butt and not listening to you, your best bet is to go back to what he knows. Be patient and don't lose your temper.
Thanks:) so was it ok to not get back on him?
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it probably would have been more clear with an "i.e" after "the wrong thing"...sorry for any confusion :)
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post #8 of 25 Old 09-03-2012, 10:26 PM
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Not at all, I believe :)
Groundwork can be as good, if not better training than undersaddle. This way he got mental AND physical work, without you getting hurt. Plus, I don't think he does groundwork very often (correct me if I'm wrong,) so this could be the best possible path you could have taken :)

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You forced him to THINK. Want to take the edge off a horse? MAKE HIM HAVE TO REALLY THINK. The floppy ears and so forth are not 'defeat.' They are showing you the edge is off and he is focusing on learning.

I think you made an excellent choice and you read your horse well.

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it probably would have been more clear with an "i.e" after "the wrong thing"...sorry for any confusion :)
Haha it's all good, I wa reading it really fast too :)
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