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post #1 of 13 Old 11-17-2011, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy How do I calm my horse down!?!

Hello, my name is Lacee and I am 17. I have been riding for 11 years and I got my first horse two years ago. She is a 15 year old morgan mare, and she is very hot. She has a constant pull and just wont calm down, and she runs to the jumps. I'm not sure what to do because she just pulls and pulls and i have her on a calming supplement and it doesn't help much.

Please help I have tried everything!!!!!
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-17-2011, 06:52 PM
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Have you tried riding until she's wore out? Have you tried getting her real soft mouthed? Have you tried working on her brakes by stopping and backing alot?

These things all work
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-17-2011, 07:20 PM
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If she is getting too excited about something, she needs to learn she doesn't get to do it until she first calms down. My gelding is doing that with cantering. He really LIKES to canter. Ask him to trot, and he'll get all excited. Sometimes he goes from a walk to a canter - so that means he'll get turned and forced to trot in various circles until he calms down. Only when he is calm will I reward him with a few laps of cantering.
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-17-2011, 11:26 PM
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Sounds like she isn't focused at all.. start working courses that require focus. Get that bit working to soften her mouth. Half halts done correctly to get her attention back to you instead of out and about in the arena. Change it up.. lots of transitions done correctly. Make her work her back and hind end.. don't let her hollow. Lunge her with a purpose. Get her thinking again.. when you lead her, don't walk in a straight line, make her turn sharply, send her around you, make her back up. Same when you are on her back. When she starts to focus, immediately praise her. You want to encourage her to SEEK, instead of zone out
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-17-2011, 11:47 PM
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Does she get turn-out time? Are you working with a trainer?
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-17-2011, 11:47 PM
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Have you looked into her diet? Even though your feeding a calming supplement, have you got her on any 'hot' foods?

Sounds like you need her focus & attention, purely on you. Not half on you and half on the tree over in the corner. Start basic, just walk around. If you expect her to canter off, or get all ansy - she will. She can feel what your thinking and how your reacting. She's going to react to your reactions. So, walk her around - over some polls. Reward her good behavior, straight away.

How much time does she get out per day? If she's locked up in a stall all day - this may cause some of your problems. As bubba asked, are you working with a trainer? Someone could get injured - either you or the horse if you don't know how to deal with the situation correctly? Have you looked into pain? She might be trying to tell you something. Horses cannot speak, so they have to use other forms of communication. It is our jobs as owners to read it.

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-18-2011, 12:33 AM
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Hi, I'm Andie. I'm your age too, teenager rock, i just got my first horse Aamir and had the difficulty with the hot head... we don't jump but we are in training with dressage. When i got him he was all over the trail too. Like a drunken sailor... it was funny until he turned out to be nervous and excited all in one ball. So what i would suggest to you is actually training her more in a different sense... have you heard of clicker training? I taught my horse to relax by cuing him to lower his head and just breath i guess. It also taught him patience and now on trail we can literally stop in place without dancing all over the place. But of course i have been using treats with a bit in the mouth. I know, I know, it's gross and unethical but it works for him and just more cleaning for me. Sugar cubes are good... keeps the saliva bubbles from changing color... like icky green!

There are certain books on the training but all you would need is the clicker and a simple low down of how to train the clicker work. It's also handy for teaching cute tricks to impress the barn walker at your place or at the shows... who can resist a bowing horse? Good luck to you and your morgan!!
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-18-2011, 12:35 AM
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I agree to this also. My horse cam to us chewing the bit like a mad man, he had ulcers on the inside of his mouth... once taken care of the playing became minimal. :)
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-18-2011, 03:27 PM
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What is she being fed and how much of it. Foods with high startch/sugar is going to make you one crazy horse. When my paint was on strategy he was a monster! Didn't know the meaning of calm down. Now that he's on gro n win he is the most chilled out horse at our stables. Nothing and I mean NOTHING phases him. HR will open up and run if you ask him but he's much more responsive now. Its possible it is t your horse's fault and that its what she's eating. Google ration balancer. You might be able to stop the supplements alltogether.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-20-2011, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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She runs through the bit like im not even there, and she isnt really spooky so much as trying to just go, i have sat on her for literally hours trying to calm her down and it just isnt working. she is on blue seal strider and she gets a quart in the morning and a quart at night. We had the vet look at her and she is in perfect health. i just dont know what to do i have has several trainers come look at her and they all said "thats just who she is" but i dont think thats true at all. Im just not sure how to handle things.
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