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post #1 of 36 Old 01-09-2012, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Horse trouble..he thinks he's the boss :(

Okay so my 10 year old gelding "Ransom" has been acting up lately and I was actually considering selling him for awhile. I've thought it through and decided it's not fair to give up on him so quicky.

In order to keep him and enjoy riding him, he will be undergoing some training and later in the springtime, he will be going through barrel training! (so excited)

So when he's done training I will need to become more firm with him and stop letting him walk all over me. He's the type of horse that will take advantage of any little opportunity.

Does anyone have any tips for becoming more strict so I don't let him get away with moving while mounting, resisting the bit, coming off the rail and only going where he wants to go.

Thanks so much for your help! I appreciate it :)
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You said it yourself: be more strict, and don't let him get away with stuff :) Hopefully training will get him tuned up a bit, but it's up to you to maintain it. Be firm and strict but fair. Don't settle for less, but don't be unreasonable in your expectations.

What exactly do you have problems with?

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Sounds like you need riding lessons as much as he needs training.
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You said it yourself: be more strict, and don't let him get away with stuff :) Hopefully training will get him tuned up a bit, but it's up to you to maintain it. Be firm and strict but fair. Don't settle for less, but don't be unreasonable in your expectations.

What exactly do you have problems with?
Usually it changes, but his latest problems have been not wanting to go into certain areas of the arena (rolls eyes) so I have to fight him but eventually he will give up. Other than that I'm guessing he thinks of different things to try and do every time lol
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Sounds like you need riding lessons as much as he needs training.
You don't know exactly what's going on so it doesn't put you in the position to judge me like that..I've been taking lessons for six months now.
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It's not "judgment." You asked for help and suggestions. That's mine. Six months is not much time at all. If you don't know the appropriate time to correct a horse and how to prevent problems from escalating, it's not really the horse's problem....it's something you need to work on, and you won't get far at all without the assistance of a coach or trainer.
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I appreciate your opinion, but it wasnt helpful and come across as rude. Thanks anyways

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It's not "judgment." You asked for help and suggestions. That's mine. Six months is not much time at all. If you don't know the appropriate time to correct a horse and how to prevent problems from escalating, it's not really the horse's problem....it's something you need to work on, and you won't get far at all without the assistance of a coach or trainer.
Bubba was not being rude and that's not how I read it either. I think bubba meant taking lessons would help you learn to be more strict which is what you want no?
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Others don't need to get involved. I took the post offensively when it wasn't meant in that way. End of story.
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Lol thanks to pintophile though, your advice was helpful. And bubba, I get what you mean- I could have been one of those backyard riders and lessons would have been the best thing. Maybe I made it sound like I didn't take lessons or have someone experienced around. But I do so thanks anyways :)
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