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    06-22-2009, 10:01 PM
Horse gets excited.

I have an 4 year old horse, Gunther, he just started under saddle when he was 3 and took a break during the winter but now I'm putting him on a schedule of riding at least 4 times a week.

To help get his extra energy out and warm him up before I ride, I lunge him beforehand for at least 10-15 mins (sometimes even more). Gunther is fine when doing circles and is relaxed but riding in a straight line, unless pooped out he always gets excited and tries to trot, canter and does a little buck once in a great while.

I'm not afraid of him doing this but it's a horrible vice to learn, him thinking he can trot when he wants and that I'm not in control. I know he's still young but how can I get him to just slow down and listen to me? We do practice out circles all day but I'm posotive it gets boreing to him.
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    06-22-2009, 10:16 PM
When he goes faster than you want bend him to a stop with one rein. He will quickly learn not to go faster than you want. At first you may have to do a lot of stopping, but he will learn not to break gait and he will also have better lateral flexion.
    06-22-2009, 10:20 PM
I would suggest doing some "cruising." Ask Gunther (cute name, by the way ) to move off at a walk on a loose rein. Don't steer, just let him walk. If he speeds up at all faster than you want, pick up one rein and bend him into a tiny circle, making sure his hind legs cross each other and disengage. Keep him on the tiny circle until he stops his feet and puts a little slack in the rein. Then, ask for a walk again. When he stops trying to break gait at the walk, try trotting him and doing the exercise at the trot, then at the canter. He will eventually learn that getting excited only gets him tiny circles, and that he'll feel better if he moves at the speed you want, and so he becomes more attentive to you. If he bucks, shut him down with a one rein stop, disengaing his hindquarters, flex his head, then move off and "cruise" at the gait you choose.
I hope that helps!
    06-22-2009, 10:30 PM
Scoutrider and I always post the exact same Clinton Anderson technique on all these kind of threads. Great minds think alike ;)
    06-22-2009, 10:31 PM
Thanks, I will try this tomorrow and i'm sure it will help!
    06-23-2009, 09:07 AM
Thanks, Maieutic! We must have started posting at the same time, after I hit "submit post", there was yours as well!
    06-23-2009, 09:34 AM
Not to change the subject, but is that a Red Heller in the picture? I was wondering because I got one and she is very naughty. I love her but man, Can't figure her out!
    06-23-2009, 01:11 PM
Yes it is, it's my trainers, he loves the dog to death. The dog in the picture is the smartest dog in the world but always tries to heard my horse haha. I could give you his email if you wanted to ask him questions on how he trained her.
    06-24-2009, 08:22 PM
I'd say not to lounge him, it wears on the legs a lot, especially with all circles you do in the riding.. besides, "wearing them out'' before riding just gives him more strenth and energy next time.

When he runs off, take him back down, gently but firmly. Don't yank or pull the reins, but sit back, hold on with your legs, let your body say ''don't move me arund!" (i.e. Get stiff and unyielding o his movements) and keep the rein steady and unyieding as wekll, without pulling. Tal to him. As soon as he slows down, praise and relax again, making it comfy for himself to go slow. Stop him completely once in a while and keep him from going, with as small means as possible, untill he stands still.

Making circles all the time wears a lot on the legs, and doesn't really help the problem; you want him to stop at your seat, not to learn how to spin around in circles. I've also noticed that many horses just gets stressed in the circle and keeps ewalking faster, not understanding that they should stop.

One rein stops are good to know, but a bit too harsh in this situation, I'd say.

If nothing else works, have a leader holding him in a rope. You steer and tells him to stop, but if he doesn't listen, the leader makes it clear for him, and then you praise him for listening.. that way he'll soon get the point.

Good luck!
    06-24-2009, 09:09 PM
Although I know a lot of people lunge before riding, my experience has been that more often than not, this actually winds the horse up more, especially if done on a long line. We never lunge before riding, but if there is a question of being focused and ready for work, we'll just do 5-10 tight circles (not more than perhaps a minute) on the ground, all tacked up, with the rein.

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