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        06-27-2013, 03:55 PM
      #11
    Foal
    My other girl is a 16 yr old 1/2 Arabian 1/2 Saddlebred. She has the same issue but is much more powerful. The energy underneath me when I ride her is unbelievable. We are working through some issues she has developed due to emotional abuse in her past, so I don't ask too much of her now. But she is so smart she knows what to do, but she has a fear of confinment and too much rein pressure and she gets upset. I am very soft but firm with her.
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        06-27-2013, 03:58 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    That's what my mare is. She's an ArabxSaddlebred. And she is a ball of energy. The longer she works the more hyper she gets. My MorganxTWH on the other hand is just a laid back sweetie who could care less.
         
        06-28-2013, 02:34 PM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by As You Wish    
    I do alot of walk-trot/trot-walk transitions, using my seat more than my hands. We circle, circle, circle and do simple changes at the canter to give her someithng to think about other than pushing against me. I ride English, Hunt Seat. She is in a D-ring snaffle. I try very hard not to put pressure on her mouth but she makes it very difficult. She is starting to listen to my seat & legs more. I think a lot of it is I just don't ride her enough. I have another horse and teach riding at my barn. I think if I just get her butt out more, she will be OK.

    Thanks everybody for the advise & tips. Great help.

    PS. I do lunge her alot
    Sounds like you're on the right track; it just takes time and hours in the saddle
    Also, my horse is actually faster on circles. And to try to slow him with small circles only ever made him better at small circles, lol.
    It's been almost 8 months of dressage work (off and on though), but he had an extra-hot day today, and I noticed a couple of times he started to trot while walking on a loose rein and actually checked himself I like those days because after we get working, his ability and willingness to leg yield/collect/extend is amazing!
    Still, we do have days where all we do is try to walk around the arena while he breaks into the trot or canter. I'm not actually sure that'll ever completely go away, lol.
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        06-29-2013, 09:40 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    When I saw the title of this thread I smiled and thought "that sounds fun!". When I saw that your username is "As You Wish" I like to fell out. Love that movie.

    As to your situation though - have you ever considered just letting her run?

    (someplace relatively safe, of course)
         
        06-29-2013, 10:35 PM
      #15
    Started
    How much turn out does she get? How often do you ride her? What food is she getting?

    If she is on pasture 24/7, is there any way you can bring her in for 6 to 10 hours of the day? Not to starve/weaken her, but many horses don't need that much to eat. Especially if they aren't worked much.
         
        07-01-2013, 08:34 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ian McDonald    
    When I saw the title of this thread I smiled and thought "that sounds fun!". When I saw that your username is "As You Wish" I like to fell out. Love that movie.

    As to your situation though - have you ever considered just letting her run?

    (someplace relatively safe, of course)
    As You Wish is her show name.

    Yes, I let her run. She just gets very excited when we get down to serious work.
         
        07-01-2013, 08:37 PM
      #17
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by boots    
    How much turn out does she get? How often do you ride her? What food is she getting?

    If she is on pasture 24/7, is there any way you can bring her in for 6 to 10 hours of the day? Not to starve/weaken her, but many horses don't need that much to eat. Especially if they aren't worked much.
    She is a stall with a 12x16 paddock. She gets out just about every day, ridden 2-4 times a week. When she gets out she runs around the pasture with her two buddies. She is on rye hay, that is what the barn feeds. Took her off grain a while ago because she was putting on too much weight. She is a very easy keeper.
         

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