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post #11 of 14 Old 03-28-2007, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

Tumai, I did try Bolly's way at the weekend, did not turn out well at all! She's a clever girl, my meg, when a gap to move came available she bolted with me.... Then did her usual leaping in the air, broncing, tucked her shoulder in, bucked and headed for home!
I stayed on! But did lose both stirrups, and broke two nails! lol
I'll have a go doing it your way next, it sounds a great idea, and if I'm working from the ground up I dont mind! :)

I do have two trainers, one for dressage, one for jumping, they both say the same, dont hack then!! But I want to hack, its repetive and boring staying on the grounds all the time... :(

And thanks for your advice too Babyrowz, I'm not feeling quite so brave anymore! xx
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-28-2007, 05:48 AM
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Hi Meggymoo :) I hope you are OK and I hope you have spent some time with your girl just lovin so you can forgive her for her misdemeanors...I really thought Bolly's idea was great because following the herd is high on the horse want to do list, which leads me to this.......
I hope i am not being to bossy but I am worried that your girl has practiced napping enough for it to now be a reinforced behaviour, just like going forward on leg pressure is. It sounds to me that when she leaves the safe confines of yard/arena her response to go is confused and her response to stop has become heavy and therefore her only safe option is to fly...flight is an automatic response to fear or confusion and run back home she does even if its undignified! :( Who nows how and who cares it doesn't matter...what matters is that she has illicited that behaving this way enables her to go teach her to give and take...if you use the above method and she makes one step in the right direction you love her to bits and then you get to go home..if she behaves like a brat you will park up and read a book all the while holding the rope until she stands still... wear gloves and have a long rope to stay out of harms way. When she decides to stand play the tug of war and don't give up...she'll be on her haunches and so will you and the very second she gives up so will you...Step by step and it does take a long time........!
I think it will help if you spend some time on foundation work inside the arena and then just outside the arena and then anywhere else she is happy to work, reinforce that these rules apply everywhere, even out hacking...good foundation work overrules flight response because your aids and yeilds illicit a stronger desire than to run away. Hope to hear about hacking adventures soon. :)
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-28-2007, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Tumai, Thanks so much for your advice. I totally agree with everything you say, and I do believe you're right about the napping. I use to be able to hack her out up the lane, on my own, but she just suddenly changed, I honestly dont know why, but the first time she did it, it came out of no where and shook me up quite a lot.
My only problem now is that she goes away to stud on saturday, so I dont really know how long she will be there for. Atleast a month, so I cant really do anything with her till she comes home....
Will she still be ok to do all that with her if she's in foal? I dont want to cause her stress unneccesarily?

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post #14 of 14 Old 03-28-2007, 07:12 AM
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Fair call, I wouldn't want to stress her either. You are in control of what happens. If you think that tackling the passing that scary point on the hacking track is to stressful don't go there yet, go with the little things first eg foundation work where she is happy to be. I bet your best freinds with your girl and are able to read her really well and will know when she is going to pack a poo, then stop and be happy with the little positive step that she made before she shows you signs of tension...time limits are so restricting, take your time. Lucky you! can't wait to hear about how the next 11months go and having a foal. :)
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