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post #1 of 3 Old 01-21-2013, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Question Help with stubborn old mare

I have a stubborn old mare. I have had her for almost a year now. She's improved a lot but she still has some problems. I was hoping I could get some help in figuring out what to do with her training wise to get her better off. She is very lazy. She gets into the trot easily enough and the canter she will go into easily enough if it's to some place she wants to go. If I'm trying to get her to go to a place I want her to go at the canter or trot she will try to turn and resist the bit and walk sideways to get to where ever it is she wants to go which is usually to the gate or to her pasture mate. She is definitely buddy sour and does much better away from the other horse.

She is very stubborn about not wanting to leave the other horses and go fast. She will canter if the other horses or gate are giving her an incentive to go. She will buck at the canter for a variety of reasons mostly I'm holding her back to a slow canter or she didn't want to and is mad I'm making her go or just plain excited. She can be a perfect angel some days about the canter and others a big brat. It would seem she does not respect me under the saddle but on the ground she is a perfect angel and when tacking up.

She tries to take charge and go where she wants to and gets very mad at me all of the time when I don't let her under the saddle. She had not been ridden for five years before I got her and a few young children had ridden her before me and they tried to get her to canter and she bucked on them and they never rode her again. I believe this may also be part of the problem since she's been the lead mare for five years and learned bucking at the canter makes the person stop asking for it and get off.

I got her for free from the place I ride since she could not be used for lessons anymore because of her bucking and pushing around riders. I want her to get into her head she's not the boss and the rider is and do whatever is asked all of the time not just when she feels like listening.
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-21-2013, 09:08 AM
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When you say old, how old? It sound like she long ago learned how to intimidate riders with her behaviour and this is common in horses when the rider is timid. Right now I think you just need to be consistent in not letting her have her own way. If she is old, like 25 or more go easy on the cantering. Sometimes a horse's mind wants to go but it's body has a hard time keeping up. Try carrying a riding crop and keep it low and sometimes move it if she starts to misbehave. That is often incentive enough for the horse to correct it's behaviour. "Look what mamma's got".
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She is 18. She used to be very bad would not go through water, trot, go up hills, jump, pick up her feet, or well anything really that required effort on her part. She's come a long way since that she learned rather fast that I don't give up until she does what I asks. I just want her to learn to be more compliant so others can ride her without fear of getting bucked on at the canter or reared if she doesn't want to go up a hill and thinks the rider won't push her.
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