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    02-04-2009, 07:23 PM
  #1
Weanling
help with new exercise horse

Ok so my dads customer has a horse her and her husband want me to ride because the don't really know how to ride and they never have time. Ok keep in mind they know barely anything about horses. So I went over there today to ride him. Of course they were there with me.

So they have a bridle that's too big even on the last notch its loose.and the bit isnt really good on him.its a snaffle.i odnt know what type of snaffle exactly but its a snaffle.haha. So I was riding and I knew it was loose but I didnt think it was really that bad. He's fairly head strong and likes to go. He hasnt been ridden in 3 months and he's only 5. The bridle was screwed up bc it was loose so I basicaly got on and tried to walk around and got off. Bc he wouldnt walk he just jogged. He's got tons of energy.

So does anyone have any suggestions?

I was thinking im deffinately lunging him next time to get some energy out. And does anyone know maybe what type of bit I should try? That's like a hugee weakness for me is bits.i never know what to use. The wife is taking me to tractor supply so I can help her get some stuff. I mean they didnt even brush him before they tacked him. They have like a hard and soft brush.thats it.and a curry.

So im going to have her get a lunge line, mane+tail comb, and maybe a new bit.or try the snaffle I have.maybe a headstall too bc that ones huge.and a pain in the butt.haha. Cheap headstall for now though until summer or else ill let her use one of mine.
     
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    02-04-2009, 07:33 PM
  #2
Weanling
Im sorry guys I forgot to mention I didnt know which thing to put this under....either wesern or training.i figured training would be good idk.
     
    02-04-2009, 08:02 PM
  #3
Weanling
I'd say make get the bridle fitting correctly and stick with the snaffle. As to tye type of snaffle, did the one you were using have a big O for the side piece (O-ring snaffle), a d-shaped side piece (d-ring) or bars vertical bars for the side piece (full cheeked). These are the most basic and common kinds of snaffles you are going to find. Also was the mouth piece just your basic snaffle with one joint in the center? Bumping up the harshness of a bit is never the answer to dealing with a headstrong hot horse. Lunging before you ride is a good idea, especially if this horse hasn't been ridden for a while.

When you do ride, don't pull on his mouth to get him to slow. I have a couple of methods for working with hot horses. First off I always keep a loose rein so the horse doesn't begin to think that being ridden with a death grip is normal and the only time a loose rein plays in is when they are being asked for a faster gait. The first I try is pulling the horse into the wall and into a roll-back (doesn't have to be pretty or correct) just make sure you use only one rein. Make them walk for a couple stride and then drop the rein again. Do this everytime the horse moves out faster than you want. Otherwise try circling everytime the horse goes faster than you want and keep circling until the pace slacks off, again using only one rein (again doesn't need to be pretty or correct) or if you really need help keeping the horse balance light guidance from your outside rein. The key is consistency and taking it slow. Also spend a lot of time working of your seat and sometime just hanging out. If the horse gets sick of just hanging out make him move out and work.
     
    02-04-2009, 08:12 PM
  #4
Weanling
No I wasnt planning on necessarily going to a harder bit but I wanted something id be in more control ofhim in.i feel stupid bc I could have told you it was an o-ring.haha.i knew that. But ummm I was going to try using my bridle on him next time with my snaffle.its a twisted d-ring snaffle.do you think that would be like a bad switch from an o-ring to a twisted d-ring? But im going to lunge him or at least let him loose in the arena bc I don't want him to take off bc I don't know him very well. Also..im riding him western so since im not good with bits is that a western bit? Bc idk honestly.i know a lot on horses but as I've said bits are a hugeeee weakness for me.
     
    02-04-2009, 08:15 PM
  #5
Weanling
I have a curb bit with shanks..a twisted d ring snaffle..and a correctional.but im not using the correctional bc I do not need this horse rearing with me.lol. Should I use a martingale or something for his head?
     
    02-04-2009, 10:19 PM
  #6
Weanling
I believe this is a situation where you are going to have to figure out some way of just getting him to slow down and listen. You need to just go back to basics and teach some more respect with methods such as the methods I already explained. I'm not saying that my ways are the only but I would suggest looking into similar such ideas. Those are just the two methods that I have had the best of luck with. Working with a hot horse is a lifetime occupation and isn't something that can be dealt with by slapping a harsher bit in the horse's mouth. Once the horse is going well in a snaffle then you can go and refine your bit choice to continue with higher level work. I really would recommend sticking with the snaffle and not changing to a harsher bit- a twisted bit is a harsher bit. Also are you talking a twisted wire or a slow twist? No way would I put a twisted wire on a horse for a tune up and I personally haven't ever been fond of slow twist snaffles as I just haven't ever had much luck.

Don't worry if a bit is english or western. I ride my cow/barrel horse in a jointed kimberwicke because I get good results with her.
     
    02-05-2009, 03:14 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by onetoomany    
I believe this is a situation where you are going to have to figure out some way of just getting him to slow down and listen. You need to just go back to basics and teach some more respect with methods such as the methods I already explained. I'm not saying that my ways are the only but I would suggest looking into similar such ideas. Those are just the two methods that I have had the best of luck with. Working with a hot horse is a lifetime occupation and isn't something that can be dealt with by slapping a harsher bit in the horse's mouth. Once the horse is going well in a snaffle then you can go and refine your bit choice to continue with higher level work. I really would recommend sticking with the snaffle and not changing to a harsher bit- a twisted bit is a harsher bit. Also are you talking a twisted wire or a slow twist? No way would I put a twisted wire on a horse for a tune up and I personally haven't ever been fond of slow twist snaffles as I just haven't ever had much luck.

Don't worry if a bit is english or western. I ride my cow/barrel horse in a jointed kimberwicke because I get good results with her.


I wasnt going to give him a harsher bit though.but im not good with bits at all. So I was just wondering. But I am keeping the snaffle. Its a slow twist that I have but im going to keep the snaffle he's in right now. Ill just lunge him down a bit and then ill get on and do lots of circles and bending and what not.then ill go up to a jog and stuff becuase im going to start from the beginning. Thank you for all your help though onetoomany! I appreciate it. And I do believe the way youve explained will work for him. And that's how I was going to originally work on this but I wanted some other peoples opinions. Thanks :)
     
    02-05-2009, 04:36 PM
  #8
Yearling
Depending on the reach on the curb and IF you have fairly light hands there's nothing wrong with them. I repeat LIGHT HANDS. Frankly even a snaffle can hurt a mouth if your all hands.

I agree, lunge, lunge and lunge some more. I wouldn't even think about riding for the first few times. Get it into his head that your the new person and establish some control on the ground first.

As onetoomany said lots of circles, serpentines and stay off the long side of the rail. Work at one end of the arena, putting a hot horse on the long side of the rail gives them the idea they can boogie down to the other end.

Keep us posted......
     
    02-05-2009, 05:58 PM
  #9
Weanling
I would make sure you lunge him everytime before you get on, and I wouldnt ride him again until you have a bridle that fits properly. Since he wants to go forward I would work on a lot of bending, circles and backing. As for the bit I would go for a slow twist or twisted snaffle if he is not responding to a regular snaffle. Theses might work:
Schneider Saddlery
Schneider Saddlery

Or here are some western ones:
Schneider Saddlery
Schneider Saddlery
     
    02-19-2009, 03:38 PM
  #10
Weanling
Thanks guys!

I've ridden him I think 2 or 3 times since I last posted on here...ive ben lunging him before I ride.because his owner brought me to tractor supply and we got some stuff she needed.

I've also been stretching him before I ride.one problem I have when I ride is that he likes to go even if I lunge him for 15-20 minutes! I have been doing TONS of backing and circles.i found out that he does neck rein..not good but he does it eventually. When I ride he loves to go fast but he throws his head! So I wanna pull back a bit to keep him slow.but I want him to lower his head to.i keep my hands low. Should I just work on slowing him down then fix my problem with his head? I can lunge him for a longer time if needed.

I know I look ad in this picc.i gotta sit back a bit and not lean and he wouldnt slow down..after this I did lots of small circles loping.because he wouldnt slow down.u gotta start loping small circles before big ones ;)

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I figured id just post this.idk why I did,haha

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