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    03-18-2007, 02:19 PM
Green Broke
Help, I need suggestions?!?!?

Hi everyone! I have a bit of a problem with my mare Meg. :( When I first bought her she was a saint, well behaved, brilliant to hack both alone and in company and she would be classed as an ideal all rounder/ confidence giver.

About a year ago, I moved yards. To a fantastic place I might add. With lovely people who I have become very close to. But about after three months of moving she changed. She's a lovely temperament still, around the yard, jumping and schooling etc, its just her behaviour has changed on hacks.
Her teeth and back are checked every 3 months. All her tack has been checked. I even paid for a full 5 stage vetting to see if there was anything underlying, but she passed with flying colours.
Whilst on hacks now (must be honest, don't do many now) she will get so far down the lane and then bronc, rear, tuck her shoulder in and spin! You name it, she tries it. It doesn't matter if we're alone or with a group, result still the same. She's not managed to unseat or ditch me, but she has been very close, and my nerves are wearing thin.
I've tried, turning in circles, urging her forward, trying a different route, all to no avail!
I don't mind staying within the yard, but I would like to hack out and have a change of scenery now and again. She's so sweet in any other way. She goes away to stud 2 weeks today, but I wanted to be able to hack her when she returns, but I'd really like to be able to get her out of this. For my sake and hers!
Hope one or all of you guys might be able to help me sort this out?!?!
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    03-18-2007, 04:58 PM
This is tuff, do you think, maybe there is something on the trail that has botherd her,? Or maybe since you know she will do that, you get tense, angery or mad, and she can feel it and that's what makes her spin. The pony I used to ride would spook and spin sometimes, but I just kicked him on and pused my hands forward to give him some rein and he continued on the trail. Try that and see if it helps

    03-18-2007, 05:33 PM
Green Broke
Hi, nothing bad has ever happened, its a really quiet lane, no traffic etc. I did wonder at one point if my apprehension/nerves was adding to it, but I've had a few different pople try, but she's just the same with them, if not naughtier.
I've a friend who has nerves of steel etc, will ride anything, and even she ended up getting off as she was doing her naughty thing and nearly ended up in ditch! :(
If I box her up and take her to a show, she's fine too. Its just hacking, but theres never been anything to upset her. It just comes suddenly out of the blue! :roll: don't think I'll ever work it out... :)
    03-18-2007, 05:48 PM
Try and go to a trainer to see what the deal is.

    03-21-2007, 12:57 PM
Green Broke
Hi everyone. Me again!

I know what meg's problem is, she's trying to nap back to the yard, but I just don't know how to solve it!

Has anyone any suggestions? I'd be really gratefull! :)
    03-21-2007, 01:40 PM
Try taking two other riders out on the hack with you, one behind, and one in front, boyce used to try and do that, but we done this and it worked.

Everytime she trys to get back to the yard, one of the other riders wedge her in, and when she's calmed down, keep walking.
    03-21-2007, 01:48 PM
Green Broke
Thats a good idea! Thanks for that, I'll try that at the weekend!
    03-21-2007, 01:59 PM
It really works! So I would advise it! X
    03-27-2007, 07:36 AM
Hey Meggymoo, I think Bolly has a great idea but if you need extra reinforcement try pressure release inhand...yea I know on the ground but you will be able to work it up to riding....whenever your girl decides to nap back to the yards thro on the pressure...rope halters are good for this and when she makes a step in the right direction you thro OFF the pressure....if you try this she may just click that it was her idea to go the right way coz she's moving away from pressure or pain. You are going to have to stand your ground, not bully, but teach her the wrong way equates with pressure on her head.She still has choices but they are plain and simple..this way no pressure, that way lots of pressure, much like when you would teach a youngster to step up for the first time and then the right step results in you taking off the pressure..Timing is everything. Hope this makes sense.
    03-27-2007, 04:37 PM
Your a brave girl,for sitting to all of that.i agree with the person who said have one behind and in front.try if that and if that don't work,then like the other person said ask a qualified experienced trainer.

At least she hasnt got you of,and your still trying,that means you have a lot of trust in her and confidence in your riding.

Keep us posted and let us know how you get on

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