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post #1 of 11 Old 11-24-2009, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Eating Dirt The Canadian Way

I wasn't sure if I should put this in the videos section or here but it happened during one of Eve's Training sessions so I figured here was ok.

I rode Eve 2 days ago, she's been doing AMAZING in the round pen - walk, trot, and whoa are voice commands and her transitions are getting quicker and smoother...so I figured we'd see how she did trotting in the paddock. We've ridden in there once before, long reined in there 2-3 times now, and although she was really looky at the mud piles she was pretty much ignoring them that day. So we start our trot after 5 minutes of walking and all is well...but she needs more long reining work because steering isn't as mastered as the gait commands!

We were coming up to a right turn and we start into it when she realised the gate was the other way...so she turned her head and neck but continued trotting straight, towards the gate. I brought her back to a walk to correct it and she just stopped. Stood stock still and wouldn't budge. So I cluck, nothing. I say walk on, nothing again. I hate being ignored...so I give her a tap with my heels and expect her to shoot forward...nope. Up she went into a buck I only knew my old retired mare could deliver! I wasn't prepared for a buck that size and landed in front of the saddle, perfect place to spook her into a hard right spin! By the time I realised where I'd landed I was already on the ground! Darn horse went off into some rears and little bucks...I picked the dirt out of my eye, found my boot 15 feet away from where I landed, and got back on. Trotted a little more and walked her out when the neighbor desided he wanted to work on the shed he's building right behind the paddock - she's not fond of hammers yet and it kinda spooked her in the 3rd vid!

Anyway, more long reining to come before much more riding, but here's some vids for your viewing entertainment!!!

First, working on whoa with Eve in the round pen...all I do is drop my reins and lean back and she stops!

Being dumped (we'd been walking around for at least 5 minutes before this - and please pardon my language!)

Once I got back on

And her little spook

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 12:28 AM
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Haha, the little stinker!!

Sorry, maybe I shouldn't laugh. O_O

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 12:34 AM
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She looks like she's coming along nicely! Good job! Love the buck...what a brat!!Haha!

My mare did that a while ago too; I had been riding her bareback, and I'm not sure she's ever been ridden bareback in her life, so she's really sensitive to the feel still; well we were doing fine, and then she stumbled a bit, which of course made me slip forward a bit; she spooked, and jumped foward 3 times. I stayed on for that, but as I was readjusting, she decided to take one more jump to the right, and ploop, off I went...Lol! She trotted off a ways, turned around, looked at me like "what are you doing down there?"

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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No no, laugh away - I sure did!

Eve did ALOT better the next day, I was long reining her in there doing serpentines and stuff, around logs and she's getting better. Also tried trotting on the long reins a bit and she did really well! She was leaning on the inside rein a bit, but nothing bad. How would you encourage her to stop leaning like that? Bring the inside rein in a little to tip her head, then release as a reward? I'm fairly new to long reining still :)

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post #6 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 08:45 PM
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Lol, she's quick for her size! That buck wasn't too huge, but the jump, buck, spin combination was impressive! I feel bad laughing, but I couldn't help it watching you hop around for your boot!
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 09:11 PM
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Yipes! PP is right - she is very quick for her size! Looks like she's doing nicely though!
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 09:55 PM
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Oh god no, laugh away! I sure did! When Shay-la hits the ground screaming "DID YOU GET THAT ON TAPE?!" I know it's safe to laugh at her

I think the biggest thing is just getting USED to her - Shay-las never broken in a horse this size before and let's face it, as bratty as ponies can be, there just isn't a whole heck of a lot of oomph to their buck if they're just playing about. Eve has been so docile and quiet, this is the very first firework we've seen out of her, so I think it's pretty hard having NO idea what she'll do! Shay-las bronc mare can buck with the meanest of them, but it's always in a straight line so you always know exactly what to expect.

Anyway, good vid, I'll allow her to retain her crown of "Velco Butt" - at least until the next fall!

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 10:48 PM
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hahahahahahaha lol what a brat. Cudos for getting right back on. Looks like she is coming along great.

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post #10 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't mean the buck was huge, but I expected no more than a crow hop out of her just from her very laid back temperment...didn't think she'd buck at all to be honest!

I have to admit...I was a little nervous getting back on but came back quick. Hopefully that was a one time thing but we'll see!

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