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post #81 of 299 Old 12-10-2011, 09:57 AM
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I am new to the forum and I trail ride only. I am back into horses after a break with marriage and kids, life, etc... This has been some of the best advice I've heard in a long time, very much common sense. Thank you for reminding me how things are supposed to be!
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post #82 of 299 Old 12-15-2011, 02:42 AM
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Thank you so much!! This post has been extremely helpful in building my confidence as a rider. I just purchased my very first horse, an 8 year old TB. He is an ex race horse; however, for the last 2 years has been an english/hunter lesson horse. I actually have been riding him as my lesson horse for the past year and a half. Now that he is mine, I would like to start going on trail rides with him; however, I have found that he is a big chicken and spooks at random things (also has never been taken out of the property). I am hesitant to actually ride him out around the neighborhood and have only taken him on lead walks after our work outs, or lessons.
The other day started really well, we walked half way around the stables and into an open field. Houdini noticed 2 other horses being walked and after getting his attention back on me, we started walking back. The other horses began to follow and I think the sound of them following got Houdini nervous. He started slightly whining and I ended up circling him around me. Since he is my first horse, I'm not exactly sure what I should when he acts like this. I first just made him stop circling me, and walked him to the side where there was grass and such. It seemed to work and calmed him down and got his mind off of them.
I really would like to just try riding him around the neighborhood, I feel I should be able to control him better riding him as long as I'm confident enough. Or should I keep walking him to get him used to it? From Cherie's post it seems that I should just take him out as long as I remain in control. Any suggestions?
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post #83 of 299 Old 12-19-2011, 11:32 PM
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Thanks folks.

For us, it is just so simple. We USE our horses. We think they should be like a truck -- You turn the key and it should start and go. We expect our horses to go anywhere we point their heads --- and they DO.

The other side of that coin is ---- We are fair and do not ask a horse to do anything that we think is unreasonable and that the horse is not ready and able to do. Then, we ask and it just happens.

It is just like our trailer loading and standing tied. Every horse on the place just jumps into a trailer the instant you point its head at one. They stand tied all day if that is what you want. After joining a forum, I had to start analyzing exactly what we do. We just ask and it happens. I think the biggest single thing is that we expect compete obedience from day one, so our horses just never think about arguing about anything.
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post #84 of 299 Old 12-19-2011, 11:36 PM
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Thank you so much!! This post has been extremely helpful in building my confidence as a rider. I just purchased my very first horse, an 8 year old TB. He is an ex race horse; however, for the last 2 years has been an english/hunter lesson horse. I actually have been riding him as my lesson horse for the past year and a half. Now that he is mine, I would like to start going on trail rides with him; however, I have found that he is a big chicken and spooks at random things (also has never been taken out of the property). I am hesitant to actually ride him out around the neighborhood and have only taken him on lead walks after our work outs, or lessons.
The other day started really well, we walked half way around the stables and into an open field. Houdini noticed 2 other horses being walked and after getting his attention back on me, we started walking back. The other horses began to follow and I think the sound of them following got Houdini nervous. He started slightly whining and I ended up circling him around me. Since he is my first horse, I'm not exactly sure what I should when he acts like this. I first just made him stop circling me, and walked him to the side where there was grass and such. It seemed to work and calmed him down and got his mind off of them.
I really would like to just try riding him around the neighborhood, I feel I should be able to control him better riding him as long as I'm confident enough. Or should I keep walking him to get him used to it? From Cherie's post it seems that I should just take him out as long as I remain in control. Any suggestions?
Thank you!
I had a nervous horse too and i was thinking i should just find everything i could to get him used to scarey things. But i read articles about eventing and they ALL say there is nothing better than getting your horse OFF or OUT of the property. That's the real deal and you know what? they're so right. It's life outside the farm and it doesn't have to freak them out. I also used what Cherie suggested as far as leg yielding them past things they're scared of to get their minds on something else. And i've learned sniffing things gets you into trouble. a mare I had was allowed to do that and every single time we passed a boulder she would stop asap even at a canter. It caused me on my gelding to fall off as i was behind the mare when she decided to hit the brakes. Not smart and not safe.
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post #85 of 299 Old 12-28-2011, 12:51 AM
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I'm so glad I found this post, I have been riding a horse that has been spooking a lot, & this gives me some ideas on how to handle it. He is a retired standardbred harness racer, & I'm sort of retraining him to ride. I would love to get him on trails, but lately he's been spooking at everything. He does the spin & bolt thing, & I'm really quite scared of falling off, I haven't fallen off In a long time. I think partly it's because he's basically stuck In his stall until I come ride him ( he's not mine), & has forgotten what the outside world is like. He was a racehorse, so it's not like he hasn't been around a lot of different things. But I'm thinking part of it is me, I'm not always confident enough, & his spooking makes me nervous, I sometimes lose the reins when he spins so quickly, so that doesn't help. I have try & work on that & try some of Cherie's techniques, I don't want to get so scared that I can't ride him! The strange thing too is that he trips a lot when I'm riding, but every time he spooks, his footing is just fine! So far at least, I'd hate for him to trip while he's bolting.
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post #86 of 299 Old 12-28-2011, 01:01 AM
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I enjoyed reading this. You've given me some things to think about, so thank you.

Incidentally, the first girl I had a crush on when I was 12 or 13 was named Cherie. ;)
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post #87 of 299 Old 12-29-2011, 04:07 PM
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Well said!

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post #88 of 299 Old 12-30-2011, 12:46 PM
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Great to know. I've been letting them stop and sniff things. Bad bad me!
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post #89 of 299 Old 12-30-2011, 02:29 PM
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Excellant post! This is very much the thought of my trainer. They can think something is scary, but I am the boss and the boss says move on anyway. Also, he never "trailer trains" a horse. He teaches solid leading skills. If he wants to lead a horse into a hole in the ground to China, they will follow, because they are solid in their leading.

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post #90 of 299 Old 12-30-2011, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Your trainer is right. We also never teach loading as such. They are all trained to lead -- period. If we want them to step into a tiny dark trailer, they don't hesitate. When the rider or handler says "Go forward!" it means go forward right now. When a horse has been trained to do whatever the rider / handler says, there just are NO problems. Obedience is not optional at our house. Respect is not optional -- ever!
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