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    07-02-2013, 12:43 AM
Green/ish Horse

I bought my horse River a year ago to use her as an hunt seat equitation mount and do some relatively low jumping(no higher than 2'6). I take weekly lessons with River and have done a few shows, but due to a hoof problem we had to rest her for a month. So now that she's finally healed up, I need some help with a few things XD.

I can't get her to have a forward walk. It's a very slow walk and if I put my legs on her she'll trot. How can I make her move forward at the walk without trotting? She goes fine but I do wear spurs.

At the last show we went to, she schooled over the jumps really well. The course was over the same jumps we had schooled over earlier. She refused two of them and we ended up scratching from our jumping classes. She was paying attention to me and my coach thinks she's a really honest and brave horse. Normally I can feel when a horse is timid about going up to a jump, but River just stopped at the last second. How can I prevent this from happening at the next show?

At home, River is very forward(I don't use spurs with her at home) and is kind of pull-y on the bit. When I take her to a show or to a lesson, it's very difficult to get her to move without wearing spurs and she's really soft in the mouth. It's like she's bipolar. Any thoughts on this?

I use a french link o ring snaffle on her and it fits. Her saddle is fine and we've had a vet check done on her recently. The vet said it looked like she'd had hock injections done but wasn't sure. The main thing was that the angle of her coffin bone was flat compared to what it was supposed to be. She suggested we put wedge pads on her and give her a month off, and here we are. She's a 15 year old qh appendix. I know the term "green" isn't normally associated with fifteen year old horses but that's what my trainer refers to her as. She is a really good horse, likes to please and is very willing, though.
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    07-02-2013, 09:05 AM
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If she is sound and not in pain, which I suspect she is because she would not be OK at home and unsound somewhere else, she is just 'pulling your strings' because she knows you give her a pass when you are not at home.

Many horses get 'show-wise' and learn that their rider will not get after them at a show or anywhere else. You usually have to go to different places and discipline them there so that they learn to respect you when you are in places other than your back-yard. It is called 'seasoning' a horse. It is the only way you get consistency and an 'honest' ride. Then, you may still have to 'sacrifice' a show class or two to get an honest ride in the show-ring.

I showed an old reiner that had learned to swap leads (unwanted) when he circled in the show-ring. In circles on the far end from the gate, he changed leads in the center toward the gate when he was supposed to make another circle in the far end. He NEVER did it anywhere except in the show-ring at a show. I hauled him all over and the next show, he did it again. I spurred him about 10 times, made three more circles and excused myself and apologized to the judge. I dismounted at the judge and led him out. He just smiled and said "I understand." He never did it again.
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    07-07-2013, 02:05 AM
Thanks Cherie C: . I'll do that when I get to go to the next show. Luckily at one of the shows I go to, there is a "schooling" round where ribbons are still awarded but points aren't.
    07-11-2013, 01:34 AM
    07-12-2013, 11:51 AM
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I don't really have much to add to the good advice given, but I will say that wedge shoes are incredibly over used. Artificially changing the angle of the hoof, with few exceptions, is not a good thing. And as far as I know, if a horse does have something like navicular pain, artificially altering the hoof angle provides releif in the short term, but worsens the condition in the long run.

It does sound like the mare just knows how to push your buttons.

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