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post #41 of 112 Old 04-17-2013, 04:24 PM
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If I tried to "run her out" with my mare, we would hit mexico before she needed a water stop. I have run her, many times, and the results are always an excited, prance-y horse.

I would ride her to a long, straight dirt road, fence line or big field. Ask for a lope and circle if you need to slow her down, but keep her in a lope, never pulling both reins. And lope, lope, and lope some more. When she's tired, keep loping. When you feel like it, and she really wants to slow down, then ask her to slow down. Repeat the next day, and for as many days as necessary. It wont take long before she realizes a nice slow lope is much more energy efficient than jumping all over the place like a rubber ball.
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I don't want a reining horse. In case you havent noticed...
Her controls may not be perfect, but I've rode horses with a LOT worse handles on them and they still lope without being half-******ed about it.

I didnt say you did.. do I detect a bit of an attitude?

I asked because I was going to give you some advise about sharpening your horse up-- not because im 'mean' you said you're having troubles controlling your horse at a lope and want to 'run it out' whitch is the more dead wrong thing to do on a horse that isnt up to par on basic cues. Your horse is obviously uncomfortable with either your ballance, saddle fit, or could have some other pain issues-- I just pointed out that she needs some cue sharpening..

Im not here to argue-- if that's what you want ill bow out..
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I have done that, just not in a big field.

I think her issue is that she needs to
A) Stretch out a bit
B) learn that being a "bouncy ball" isnt very much fun.

I will check out the field after school today and see if it is dry enough to just LOPE until she's tired. And then she can have a time out in the barn to dry off. LOL.

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Really does depend on the horse - some horses just never get bored of running so by encouraging them to do it you are just training them that its OK to go off like a loonie.
If you do try it be prepared for it not to go to the plan you hope for
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post #45 of 112 Old 04-17-2013, 06:56 PM
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How long have you had her loping under saddle?

The same TB I used used to let blow out also was really jittery when first trying to lope with a rider. He was so big and gangly it took him awhile to find his balance and cadence with weight on his back so he would get agitated when asked to.

If hat does sound the same as squiggy I would maybe recommend some lunging with side reins, to help her build confidence and to not drop her shoulder etc.

Just a thought if that is the situation

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she's going to be 5 this year and I've been working on it since she was 3
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I didnt say you did.. do I detect a bit of an attitude?

I asked because I was going to give you some advise about sharpening your horse up-- not because im 'mean' you said you're having troubles controlling your horse at a lope and want to 'run it out' whitch is the more dead wrong thing to do on a horse that isnt up to par on basic cues. Your horse is obviously uncomfortable with either your ballance, saddle fit, or could have some other pain issues-- I just pointed out that she needs some cue sharpening..

Im not here to argue-- if that's what you want ill bow out..
But for some reason you kept referring to a "slide stop". It was pretty clear to me that what she was doing had nothing to do with slide stop at all, so not sure where you got that one from. I would agree that perhaps this horse would benefit from learning to stop better, and/or perhaps the OP needs to use a cue to slow the horse at any gait. I sit really deep and relax and shush....some people hum....sounds weird, but it does work.

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post #48 of 112 Old 04-17-2013, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Today she was whoa-ing when I would say "eeeeeasy" when shed start to get ahead of herself (w/t).
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It takes a little time to make them totally "adjustable" speed wise, I think. You have to feel her "whoaaing" and add a little leg, then shush to slow.....if too slow add a little leg again until she gets it. Practice your transitions so that they are nice smooth ones and get control of her without having to yank on her mouth. Try little half halts so she slows. (with the snaffle of course). I would suggest that if you get her understanding increasing and decreasing her speed at a w/t it will help her later. I also do agree with Waresbear that some it if may be a balance issue. How does she do on a lunge or in the roundpen?
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I say go for it. Some horses you can kinda get on them and make them listen but that's a lot of focus and hard to explain over the computer.

I don't think toto was being rude at all. I actually agree with them.

Good luck~

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