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post #11 of 13 Old 03-25-2013, 09:41 PM
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Another idea that can work wonders is to take him out on the trails. If its just the ring then get him out of the ring :) trails can do wonders for horses!
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post #12 of 13 Old 03-25-2013, 10:43 PM
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I don't waste my time by going out and loving on horse, as I think it doesn't matter if horse is one that is going to be harder to catch.

I just walk one down, and it gets worked.

Could be you are aggravating horse, could be saddle doesn't fit, could be your hands aren't steady and jiggle too much, could be horse has something out of joint and needs chiro?

All sorts of things could be going on. And ring work may just bore him too.

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post #13 of 13 Old 03-26-2013, 08:52 AM
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Cowchick pretty well covered it.

Do as much riding as possible out of the ring.
Finish up in the ring.
Always quit in the corner farthest from the gate.
Always dismount there, but NOT the first time you stop and rest there.
Unbridle, put on halter and loosen girth there.
Leave tied there if at all possible.
Buy a 'feed bag' that goes on the horse's head and holds a small amount of grain and feed the horse there after he is rested and completely settled.

Any time you use a predictable routine, horses learn that routine and get anxious or irritated when they THINK they know what should come next. Sometimes it gets pretty difficult to change up their routine enough to keep them guessing.

One thing that works very well to keep show horses and lesson horses from wanting out of the arena is to lead them out (or ride them out in a show situation) and work them harder on the outside somewhere than they worked in the arena. Then, stand around and rest the horse out there somewhere before you dismount, loosen girth and lead back to the trailer or stall. If you want horse to get 'show ring sour', just ride out of a class and ride straight to the trailer or the horse's stall. You can get one to want out of that arena in a hurry.
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