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post #11 of 12 Old 10-19-2010, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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NittyEquestrian, concidering he is not broken, I do not have a saddle to fit him and he has never had a saddle on his back I dont think that will cause anything else then a total and utter explosion.

I'm not backing off when he gets nervous, I just decided today that we would leave it on a positive note and not force the issue any further.

Last time (just before I put up this post) he had exploded 5 times, pulled away and galloped around the arena trailing both ropes and scared me whitless when he stood on a lunge line and took himself to his knees. Sorry but I'd rather go slow then do it that way.

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You did not clarify where he was in his training so how was I to know that he had never been saddled? You also said that he was lunged in side reins which means that he has been at least cinched with a surcingle to attach the side reins. What I suggest is just letting harmless pieces of rope or line (2-3 feet long) hang securely attached to him while you lunge him. So if he wants to hop or shy when he feels them touch him then he can while still being controlled and safe ar the end of the lunge instead of attached to long lines. You can start slower and hand walk him in a small enclosure if he is too reactive for you to control on a lunge line in a larger ring as well. What I was trying to convey is that if you treat him like something fragile while he is learning and never let him react and learn from that reaction then he will always be reactive to new situations and will become very dependent on you. The goal in teaching a young horse is to keep them safe and happy but allow them to make small mistakes and learn from them. You want a horse than be afraid and still cope with it and move on and learn from it. Not a horse that needs you to hold it's hand through each new experience. This kind of behavior could be dangerous when you finally get him to the point of backing him undersaddle if he is that reactive to things on his back and when you are not near his head.
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