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post #71 of 72 Old 04-15-2011, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by usandpets View Post
I think he is responding to the OP saying that her horse drags her around when lunging, which is bad. If I understand Christopher's post, he's saying that when the horse pulls or leans on the rope, you should have the horse change direction turning towards yourself. The horse will stop pulling because it will be anticipating that a change of direction is coming. Not the actual change itself, if that makes sense. I agree if they change directions before they are asked, they should be sent back in the original direction until asked.

One thing that I also do to get them to stop pulling is bump/jerk the rope as they go around. If they pull, their nose gets bumped. Then I let them have their nose back unless they pull again. It's more of an annoyance to them to pull. But I usually do the change of directions, which will work most of the time. It's always good to have a spare technique, if what you do doesn't work.

Congrats MM! Glad to hear she's coming around.
Thanks...I "kinda" think that is what he is getting at as well...but it's been a crazy week here (and it ain't over yet !)

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post #72 of 72 Old 04-15-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I employe the "bump" method, it's a necessity with her or you'd be lost just trying to haul on her. In my defense, she never has dragged me, but I account that more to me being a big tough cowgirl. I've had to run her into walls repeatedly to make her stop before, I don't know what on EARTH someone did to her on a lunge before me, but you'd swear the world was coming to the end. And no, I don't use a whip, she's entirely voice activated for the most part due to round penning, which she's pro at but is still very nervous and anxious while I'm doing it.

We've been sticking to much smaller circles lately and working more on walk and trot transitions and staying calm and not letting her lean on me (my aunt's suggestion was actually to ask for the walk when she started leaning, same sort of idea as a change of direction, but just to re-focus her). We'd been going fantastic, until the latest whole slew of problems at the old barn had her going LOCO again - we tried to lunge her for the vet and it was just me being forced to run her into a wall to stop her from hurting herself over and over again.

I think for the most part, I'm passing *most* of this is off as a TRULY awful experience for her at the old barn. I know she's prone to temper tantrums, but I think this was her reaching her limit on how she was being treated and going ENOUGH. Aside from the one year I had her at Shay-las moms, she's spent 3 of her 4 years being locked in a stall/tiny enclosure and being mistreated by humans.

I guess I really can't blame her all that much!

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

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