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post #21 of 46 Old 12-11-2012, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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He refuses the gate at a show and at a show only. And I've never thought of staying later and working through the gate slowly.... that's a great idea.
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post #22 of 46 Old 12-11-2012, 10:21 PM
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While I actually use blindfolds myself (notbjust tying one and all of a sudden think they will follow me like a shadow, but as a trust game type deal), you're just begging for a death sentence if you try to blindfold your horse to get it into the arena.

Also..I see nothing wrong backing a horse into the arena if it wants to back all day. As long as the horse is performing a forward motion (not directional, mental), then it's no worse than walking into the arena. But, I would NOT suggest that for this horse, seeing as he's been rearing, it isnt a good idea, at all.

But as I stated before..lots of outside arena work such as trails..I had to gain my old mare's trust, respect, and leadership before she could walk into an arena and be excited rather than the testy attitude that she use to have.
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post #23 of 46 Old 12-11-2012, 10:24 PM
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He refuses the gate at a show and at a show only. And I've never thought of staying later and working through the gate slowly.... that's a great idea.
At a show, is that the only time you are running at speed?

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Okay, I'm going to sound like a looney saying this, but I was always taught to sing when nervous on a horse. The breathing required to sing signals deep breathes, telling your horse to calm.
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That doesnt sound looney to me(: I might try it. Is there any specific songs that work better then others? Just wonderin haha. And yes at a show is when I push him.
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Haha, I would just sing something slow, with longer notes. For me it's always Allison Krauss' Down to the River To Pray. It was played at my grandpa's funeral, and he was my riding inspiration, and for some reason that song just hits me everytime I'm in a sticky situation.
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post #27 of 46 Old 12-11-2012, 10:31 PM
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Okay, I'm going to sound like a looney saying this, but I was always taught to sing when nervous on a horse. The breathing required to sing signals deep breathes, telling your horse to calm.
:) your not the only one :) my daughter will sing cowgirls don't cry :) and I have also have told her to think of something that she has done like going to ceader point gets her mind clear for her run :)
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Even singing two low notes in a slow rhythmic fashion works. It makes you exhale slowly.While in line for a trail class a gal began to fret about whether her horse could do the gate. She had a trained trail class horse and I assured her it would, then she fretted, well what about this one or that one. 10 minutes of this and her mare was fussing and shifting. She inquired about my mare and my response was "oh, piece of cake". This was a real lesson on how the rider affects the horse. She blew every obstacle and we won. My mare was relaxed and listening to me. Her mare with her previous owner frequently won trail classes.

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I may try that. I have a show this weekend and I was going to try some new things to try and get him to chill out like we stand by the gate the whole time and he's fine its just when its our turn.
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You need to try and stay as calm and relaxed as you can. I hope it helps.

Anyway you can get a video of him this weekend so we can see what goes on? Its always best to see what is being explained as opposed to hearing about it.

Best of luck.
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