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        04-13-2009, 04:45 AM
    My pony used to hate me touching his belly :(
    But when I converted to Natural Horsemanship :)
    He now knows that I am not going to hurt him :)
    So now I can touch him everywhere :)
    I am not saying to convert to Natural Horsemanship but I thought you may like my story :)
    I agree with onetoomany :)
    Also I agree with luvsmygirls as I sit in the field while my pony is eating and read my book and talk to him :)
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        04-13-2009, 10:55 AM
    My friend's horse sortof had the same problem as mine. She said that the chiropracter she went to told her to do some leg stretches with her horse. She showed me how to do them so now I'm doing this too. I think she has some sort of a back problem from her previous owners. My friend also gave me her chiropracters number.
    Does anyone know what leg stretches I'm talking about? If so, should I continue doing this or contact the chiropracter first? Also, I know this may be a little off topic but, when I'm stretching her neck, her neck always cracks. Is this a good thing?
    Thank you.
        04-13-2009, 11:18 AM
    I would have the Chiro out so that they can take a look at her- then they can give you some stretches/ideas of what to do with her that will be best for her.
        04-13-2009, 11:21 AM
    Okay, thanks. I'll be sure to give her a call.
        04-14-2009, 07:11 AM
    I agree with all of the above. My horse Storm did the same thing, but we didnt know it was a back problem. Unfortunately he is now having to be retrained. Listen to what onetoomany has to say!!!!
        04-14-2009, 12:00 PM
    Yes I agree with everyone, definitely get a chiro out there! I also had another question though about asking her to canter. Do you tighten both reins or just one? My trainer always tells me to never pull with both reins. You have to give the horse an escape. So when stopping pull right rein, left rein, right rein, left rein ect... Therefore, when she asks me to canter him, I tighten very slightly just one rein and squeeze with the opposite leg. Now for some reason I can never remember (she's just starting to work me at a canter) if you tighten the inside rein and squeeze with the outside leg or visa versa. I'm pretty sure its the first one so that he picks up the right lead. I don't know just a thought
    Side Note: (I've been cantering for a long time, but I've ridden always western pleasure. I'm learning english from a friend my trainer haha that's what I mean when she's starting me on the canter)
        04-15-2009, 11:10 PM
    Mares! =P
        04-16-2009, 11:08 AM
    It may have something to do with pulling on the reins at the same time. I have a very similiar situation where I have had my horse since last March and rode her almost everyday last summer with practically no troublw at all. Then for the first time in November she did some bucks at the canter. I wondered what in the world caused that. But if I remember right, I may have been pulling on the reins some because she can tend to "burst" into the canter with too much energy sometimes--so I suspect I am not giving her enough head. I am still having issues with this--actually giving me a little bit of fear about this when I ride her. I think it is hard for me to giver her her head now because I am now afraid she will either go too fast or buck. So I am working on this issue as well. I may even need to take some lessons to see if that is, indeed, what is happening before I really frustrate her. Good Luck!
        04-16-2009, 02:25 PM
    Gotta totally agree with the chiropractor, and making good time with her. Also, check the fit on the saddle anyhow. Since this is your first spring together, you may want to have someone else buck her out for you, or lunge her really REALLY well before you ride. I have to do that with one of my mares every spring, and a few times through the summer if it's been a while since I rode her. She also demanded a large amount of time for grooming, with the radio on & seemed to enjoy my singing to her (poor animal must be touched in the head.) ;)
        04-16-2009, 02:37 PM
    Originally Posted by equestrian_rider465    
    I have been riding her for a little under a year. I have been having absolutely no problem at all with her until now.

    I have just moved to a new barn. My horse really likes it there and she's been really good with me.
    Ah - new barn? As in new turn out and new turn out buddies? Maybe she was kicked by one of those new friends and has a sore spot?

    Sounds like it contradicts that she likes it there but you just started having problems.

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