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    02-23-2013, 12:22 PM
  #11
Showing
When you feel him tighten find something to circle a few times, then something else, trees, bushes, rocks, another horse and rider, etc. Get his mind and feet busy and keep the circles fairly small so he's bending. This will bring his focus back to you. When you feel him relax, ask him to move forward. If you are consistant with this he will figure out that when he gets to work when he begins to lose his focus.
     
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    02-23-2013, 12:44 PM
  #12
Green Broke
How much and what does he eat? How much turn out or work does he do?
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    02-23-2013, 01:04 PM
  #13
Yearling
I like Saddllebags suggestion as the first solution to try. Practice one rein stops and use rough ground as another way to shift his focus back to the work and you. The more he has to pay attention to his feet or your commands, the less he can pay to his own agenda.
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    02-23-2013, 07:00 PM
  #14
Foal
Try keeping him busy with little things like side passing, listening to leg yields, doing lots of transitions, and riding along the quarter line, instead of on the track. You can even be changing the pressure on the reins by taking and releasing. Finally, do LOTS of circles. What I find really works is making a big circle, medium, then small circle, then spiralling back out. I also love to not just circle at the end of the arena, but rather do circles from the middle of the long ends. What ever you do, always keep your horse busy and focused on something so that he doesn't have time to be switching up his gaits. Also, if you find that he's spooking in one particular area, walk him by first. Let him get a good long look so he can see there's nothing there. From then on, ride with confidence and a strong leg, seat and hands, and don't let him look at that 'scary' area anymore. If you ignore, he will learn to ignore it as well. Good luck!:)
     
    02-23-2013, 07:14 PM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by LoveDanceRide    
Try keeping him busy with little things like side passing, listening to leg yields, doing lots of transitions, and riding along the quarter line, instead of on the track. You can even be changing the pressure on the reins by taking and releasing. Finally, do LOTS of circles. What I find really works is making a big circle, medium, then small circle, then spiralling back out. I also love to not just circle at the end of the arena, but rather do circles from the middle of the long ends. What ever you do, always keep your horse busy and focused on something so that he doesn't have time to be switching up his gaits. Also, if you find that he's spooking in one particular area, walk him by first. Let him get a good long look so he can see there's nothing there. From then on, ride with confidence and a strong leg, seat and hands, and don't let him look at that 'scary' area anymore. If you ignore, he will learn to ignore it as well. Good luck!:)
I haven't trained him to do leg yields and those fancy things. I want to, but I don't know how either. I don't take lessons; he is just a pleasure horse for riding out in the bush. It sounds like a really good idea, but I can only do the circles :(
     
    02-23-2013, 07:21 PM
  #16
Foal
That's okay! Circles are still a great start. Maybe you could try asking for the transitions and praise him when he listens. I try to ignore the bad and praise the good. Just keep working on him! I'm sure things will work out. :)
     
    02-23-2013, 07:59 PM
  #17
Started
I think his being pushing when not the lead horse, wanting to race as it is may be part of the same issues. He does not respect or know the cues for slow and stop. I would start to focus work on getting a really awesome stop and an even better back up. The polar opposite of forward is back up and back up starts with a good stop. Slow is just a phase of stop. Work on a good stop. That way even when not the lead horse he can stop or slow down.
     
    02-23-2013, 10:04 PM
  #18
Yearling
Step 1: Get calm yourself.

Step 2: Develop the ability to stay calm no matter what happens or what he does. Just handle what needs to be handled in that moment and disregard all 'what-ifs' that come to mind. You have to become the EYE OF THE STORM. Calm. The horse will eventually enter your sphere of assured influence and reflect that same energy back to you.

Step 3: Repeat until horse is cool. If he spooks 99 days in a row, reassure him 100 and you should be good!
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    02-23-2013, 10:27 PM
  #19
Started
I like what Ian says for any horse and any situation. The problem is that it can be so difficult! I did notice a huge difference with my gelding when I go out calm and when I go out stressed. I am stressed means he is stressed means we are both more stressed. I go out stressed, get on him take a deep breath, relax and he chills right out. That said chilling out may be the tip of the iceberg.
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    02-23-2013, 10:44 PM
  #20
Yearling
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That said chilling out may be the tip of the iceberg.
This. ^^^^^
     

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