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post #11 of 13 Old 01-26-2009, 02:04 PM
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-27-2009, 08:39 PM
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hello..we are new to this forum..we have a 16yr old Palomino, Molly, which we have only had a short time..she rides with a hackamore..the problem is that for the first 30 mins or so of riding, she does really good..then she starts throwing her head like she's trying to throw the hackamore off..when she does that, the riding is pretty much finished cos we can't get her to do anything..she was tried in barrel racing but she didnt like that to well..all she wants to do is be with our gelding..we desperately need to know how to fix this problem...PLS HELP...thanks
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The internal "timer" in her head may be going off. She may figure that after 30 minutes you are "supposed to be done. This may have been the amount of time she was ridden as the "norm" by her previous owners.
Obviously I am speculating some here
If there is no equipment issues, I would ride her around 20-25 minutes (just before she starts to act up), then work her on the ground for another 45 minutes or so. Very the work out sessions times so she never knows when you are going to stop. But you have to continue to work her when she starts to mis-behave. You don't necessarily need to be in the saddle. Just keep her working additional time and make sure to end your session when she is behaving. NEVER when she is acting up, that only reinforces the undesirable behavior.
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post #13 of 13 Old 01-27-2009, 08:44 PM
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After you rule out physical pain, keep her working when she is bad. Even if all you do is walk for another 30 minutes, make her keep going untill she behaves, then stop. Gradually increase the amount of time/work she must do before you stop. My gelding used to flip out after30 mins, he thought hhe should be done. Eventually, he discovered an extra 1 hour of work wasn't worth it and let me decide when we were done
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