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    08-28-2009, 05:54 PM
Have you ever been frustrated with your greenie?

My mare is only 5 and last week she was a DREAM. Really round (she felt like an exercise ball!) cantering willingly on the right lead and making real progress on the left. But this week she has been a total spaz.

I'm not looking for advice, really, because I think you all have (maybe without knowing it!) given me lots of great pointers already. But I was just curious about kindred experiences. Anyone else gone from 100 to 5 lately? Some days I feel way over my head, and other days I can't stop patting myself on the back...
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    08-28-2009, 06:02 PM
I can't say that I have felt that way. I actually can't remember the last time I was frustrated with a horse. I know my 'blue print' for the horse, and know what to do when any given situation comes up, and I know what I do works, so I look at everything as an opportunity to learn and grow so I never get frustrated. If anything I go "Hmm, how interesting!" and think about it.
    08-28-2009, 06:14 PM
Every once in a while it is kinda hard not to get frustrated with myself. I don't get frustrated with the horse because they are just being a horse but sometimes I just have to shake my head and say "what in the world.....?". LOL. Just keep working at it, all green horses have their ups and downs and their progress isn't consistent. One day, they will be progressing in leaps and bounds and the next day, they seem to be stuck in reverse. You just have to stay consistent and stick with it. They will figure it out eventually.

Plus with a mare, is it possible she is nearing her heat cycle? That will make some of them spaz out.
    08-28-2009, 06:23 PM
ALL THE TIME! I'm very easily frustrated, and I really have to keep the "lid" on my temper.

Somedays, it feels like we've taken one step forward 100 steps back. On those days it's all I can do not to rip his face around and kick him to get him to stop leaning on me and turning out. I have to do lots of walking to give myself a chance to think "He's green, he's just having an off day, he's just green..."

I find it helps to look at old videos and see that even a horrible day is better then when I first got him. There's improvement!
    08-28-2009, 06:29 PM
I don't get frustrated either - I know that may sound strange, but I look at what they are teaching me as much as what I am trying to teach them. They teach me and I teach them - and it is pretty much 50/50. I take each day as they come.

I have a 3 year old and a 16 year old, and believe me I really could be frustrated if I wanted to be (especially with a 3 year old WB:) But, life is too short to get that way. I lost a mare once and their lives are just to precious to waste with bad moods. One day they can be there wiping their noses on your shirt, and the next they are gone.

I guess with your frustration, I would ask, what is this frustration really about? Do you have it in any other place in your life?
    08-28-2009, 06:41 PM
^^ Wonderful post! Frustration usually pops up when there is lack of knowledge. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what you make of it. It can be bad because you allow your mood to change (thus changing your horse) or you can say, "Hmm, how interesting, I don't have an 'arrow in my quiver' for this situation! Where can I go/who can I talk to to get more knowledge?" Go out of your way to shake hands with opportunity.
    08-28-2009, 06:52 PM
Green Broke
I have a wicked bad temper in general. I do my best to control it, but having mood disorders doesn't help.

I definitely get frustrated, but over the years I've learned to be frustrated with myself. If the horse isn't doing what I'm asking, then I'm asking the question wrong. Working with horses actually helps my temper in general, because I've learned that losing it never helps. I'm better now at stepping back, analyzing the situation and asking what it is I'M doing wrong. It's definitely helped me advance more in the training of my horses.
    08-28-2009, 10:33 PM
All horses are going to have their off days, especially green ones. I have a youngster right now, only has about 20 rides on her. On her bad days, I go back to the basics. On her good days, I ask for a little more. Heck, even on my old broke show horse I can't expect perfection every day. If he wasn't turning around on his hind end perfect, I would get some improvement then and then say that's enough. Just make sure they are listening to you and you always stop on a good note. (and by the way, I get really frustrated with them; I just try to not take it out on them - you should hear some of the words out of my mouth though)
    08-29-2009, 09:22 AM
Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
^^ Wonderful post! Frustration usually pops up when there is lack of knowledge. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what you make of it. It can be bad because you allow your mood to change (thus changing your horse) or you can say, "Hmm, how interesting, I don't have an 'arrow in my quiver' for this situation! Where can I go/who can I talk to to get more knowledge?" Go out of your way to shake hands with opportunity.
Exactly!!!!! On those off days where we take 2 steps back instead of 1 step forward it's because of MY lack of knowledge.....so I study, ask questions or try a different tactic. I'm as much a greenie as my boy is, we learn together. Lack of knowledge just means we have to work a bit harder to find an answer to whatever the problem is. Every situation that frustrates me ultimately can teach me a lesson if I my mind is open enough to receive it. Do I have those days where I have to back off completely because of my frustration? Yup. My horse isn't the only one that has bad days! Take comfort in knowing whether bad or good... you've gained experience.
    08-29-2009, 09:44 AM
Thanks for all your posts. Also, don't worry spirithorse and aynelson, trust me, the one I am frustrated with is me. I'm frustrated when I don't feel like I am allowing her to progress due to inexperience, or fear, or exhaustion on my part. (and... i'll admit it... i'm sometimes frustrated with her heat cycle, lol)

Miloismyboy, I feel like you stole the words out of my mouth! Yesterday was one of those days where I had to back off completely... then I came and wrote this post. It's great to have this forum where I can hear how other horse people experience their youngsters. :) thanks guys!

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