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post #1 of 10 Old 11-15-2011, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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How to stop the anticipation??

So I have been working with my youngster in the arena and have taught her to side pass, roll back, canter from a walk and other things. She gets really excited and has alot of fun when we start doing more technical moves, however when I ask her to whoa she will stop but then starts dancing and fidgiting trying to anticipate and guess what fun thing I will ask her to do next. I sit deep in the saddle for a whoa and have been trying to come up with cues for what means stand still versus stop and do something technical and we are making some progress, but I was wondering if anyone else had this problem and how they worked through it?

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-15-2011, 08:47 PM
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I would suggest that you don't ask her to do something such as a side pass, roll back, ect. everytime you stop. Do a lot of walking, stopping, trotting, stopping, cantering, stopping, mix it up.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-15-2011, 08:51 PM
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Also ment to add, besure you do a lot of 10, 15 and 20m circles and figure 8's working on proper bending. Mix it up with stopping to keep her mind active and not bored.
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I've had that problem with my standardbred mare. Because she was young and off the track , she still thought she was racing and would become extremely nervous when asked to stand still. We always asked her to stand still for at least 20 seconds after someone got on and off. During riding we would walk and stop, lots of circles helped when she wouldn't stand. She now enjoys standing still and I sometimes have a hard time asking her to walk on.

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post #5 of 10 Old 11-15-2011, 09:02 PM
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Stop being predictable.

I don't even canter from a walk with an old horse if they have a lot of excess energy, because of the anticipation.

Walk from the halt. No trotting, no cantering. Yes, it is good to work on, but obviously she cannot handle it without getting excitable, so leave it out for now.

Go back to some more basics. More leg yeilding, more circles and serpentines.

What Born to Run suggested is also good. If she isn't standing still she has to work.

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post #6 of 10 Old 11-15-2011, 09:07 PM
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In this situation, treat the horse just like you would an anxious child, make 'em wait, teaches patience, builds character. In fact, because this is a problem with this horse, after every manuever, stop & make 'em wait.
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-15-2011, 10:43 PM
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Sit and wait until she calms, it might take a minute it might take an hour it doesn't matter you just wait until she's ready. By not telling her where to go, you're telling her to go nowhere ie stand still. You can't make a horse stand still, I mean you could try and it'll wear out their mouth holding them back. If she really feels like she needs to move her feet you can pick up one rein and let her turn herself in a tight circle, you still won't use your body or legs, you'll still be sitting, like you're stopped and just hanging out talking with your friends. When she offers to stop drop the rein and let her rest. Do that enough times and she'll look back at you as if to say why are we doing all these hard tight circles, and you'll be sitting there calm saying all I want to do is stand here, care to join me.
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Thanks for all the imput.

I wouldnt say Im predictable. We do lots of stopping then simply taking off at a walk. Its not always the same thing. She does all the basics well like leg yielding, circles and serpentines which is why I was teaching her something new.

If all we do is calmly walk off after stopping she quits all the dancing around, but thats not always what I want to do. I would like to progress I guess is what Im saying. She knows basics. So I think I should rephrase my question... How do I start incorporating in more advanced things without her getting too excited?

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post #9 of 10 Old 11-16-2011, 04:10 AM
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if the horse anticipates something, do something else.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-16-2011, 04:22 AM
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Sit deep, legs on, and relax your reins. If she prats around, let her. If she stands for a three second count, walk her on. If she prats around badly, circle her, and get her to stop again.

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