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    01-23-2011, 11:21 AM
Help/advice needed; young horse

Last year in April, I got a 4 year old lusitano mare who was starting to be broken in.
With the help of my trainer, things were going good, and I was riding her on the lung; in October I rode her 3/4 time off of the lung and things went well...
Until the bad weather came and I was told no to work her in the arena (we only have an outdoor one) as she could damage her tendons, bla bla bla.
With this, I haven't heard from my trainer for nearly 3 months and I feel let down and all the work we had done, and gone down the drain.
The last couple of week, the weather has been great and dried up the puddles and the he still hasn't bothered to come and see how she is, or even work her. So mum made me start working her again, and ride her.
It has been going really well as I only walk her while riding, just so she knows im on top of her.
Today, I tried to get her in to a trot, and she would stop and wouldn't move. When I would ask her just to walk on, she would buck and then walk. Is there something I am doing wrong?
Has anyone got any helpful advice that I could use that would help?
Thank you xx
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    01-23-2011, 09:12 PM
Sounds like she just thinks she's still on vacation. If she's bucking when you ask for forward, it's most likely a training issue. I would start her back to work first on the longe line to make sure she's sound and capable of 3 good forward gaits before adding the rider component. The line is a lot more safe for you since you can get after her when she won't move forward while still being at a distance. Once she's fully obedient on the longe, then move onto under saddle work. At that point, if she still plants and refuses to move, grab mane with one hand and pop her once behind the leg with your crop to get her moving forward. Young horses will play that game all day if you do not deal with it swiftly. Good luck.
    01-23-2011, 09:18 PM
I agree fully with MyBoyPuck.that is the same thing I would do. Start back with ground work/ lounging. Then move into the saddle when she is doing good on the line.
    01-23-2011, 09:36 PM
Do you lunge the horse befor you get in the sadle? If not it would be wize to. It gets them thinking about learning and not playing. I also like to use verbel comands while lunging so then in the sadle when I asked them to move forward with the rider cues they git backed up with a verbel cue they are familer with.
    01-24-2011, 01:50 PM
Originally Posted by raywonk    
Do you lunge the horse befor you get in the sadle? If not it would be wize to. It gets them thinking about learning and not playing. I also like to use verbel comands while lunging so then in the sadle when I asked them to move forward with the rider cues they git backed up with a verbel cue they are familer with.
yes, I always lung her before riding and she does everything wright. When I get on, she starts off well, but the does this to me... :/
    01-24-2011, 01:52 PM
Thank you everyone.
What confuses me is that she does great transitions when on the lung and when I get on her, she starts of well, then plays up. Could she be trying to see what she can get away with?
    01-24-2011, 07:56 PM
Ok you say she starts out doing well with moving forward then after a pierod of time she stops going foward. She could be tired. I hate to say a young horse is testing you for the semple fact is they do not know any better. Think of her as a todler. When they go to tuch the hot stove even when you told them not to. They are not doing it to defy you they do it cause they do not understand why they can not touch something they see you use all the time.
    01-24-2011, 08:13 PM
If she is good on the lunge but not under saddle, then one might think , "saddle fit issue". A very young horse often won't put up with a poorly fitting saddle . An older horse can be very stoic (endures pain quietly), but a baby will just go, "What! This feels bad, get if off me!"
Being young, the baby will also change shape a lot, so the saddle that fit 4 months ago, may not fit so well now.

By the way, someday I would love to go to Portugal and see the great riders and fine horses of your country!
    01-25-2011, 04:06 AM
Once again, thank you.
I will get her back a saddle checked asap. Bad weather has come again so might not be able to do much for a couple of days.
Portugal is great, and there are some great horses.
Later on, I will make a post of the big horse Fair (:
    01-30-2011, 08:03 PM
Hi everyone, I really love reading all these posts, they are really helpful, alot of great advise on here! I have a question, have a 2.9 year old appaloosa gelding that we have raised since birth, he was born on our farm, did alot of ground work with him as a yearling, until he turned 2..still do groundwork, started him at 2 , just walk, jog..have to say he has done great, heard alot of bad things about appy's, but overall, he has been a great little guy..never got big, he is 834 pds, and 14.1 hands?is this small, do you think he will get bigger since he is only 2 1/2, he will be 3 on april 5th..i hear he will get wider fill out, and grow maybe 1 hand? I can ride him, but don't think anybody else will be able to, due to his size, mom who we have is a reg.QH, big girl 15.2, 15h,reg.appy...So the only thing iam having problems with is saddling him up?he is rotten!!once I get on him, which he stands, he is great under saddle,no bucking,no bolting, we actually ride him western on very loose rein..he back fine,great mover, but tacking him up is a real chore??any ideas on how to fix this?i have a indoor riding ring, I did have a round pen in the indoor, which I started him in there with the lunging, and riding in the beginning, then took it down, it actually took up alot of my riding ring..i appreciate any advise on this..thanks

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