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        04-29-2010, 11:08 PM
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    keeping control on the trail when everybody else is crazy

    Today a bunch of us went on a trail ride. There were a few with horses running a muck. They would try and gallop past Major and I even in areas only wide enough for one horse. It really bothered Major....especially when they were pushing past us (very rude IMO). Anyway, after a few minutes of that Major got to where every time he'd hear a trot or anything faster than a walk he wanted to speed up and even run. I ended up having to stay in his mouth the whole time . A few inappropriate actions and he was raring to go. I was not happy with them, but ya know...I have to be in control of my own horse. I'm sure there will be plenty of times where people act like idiots on the trail. That's no excuse for more my horse to act like one. So what should I do? I used to make him do circles when he switched gates without me asking, but we've practiced them so much in the arena, he doesn't even view those as a bad thing anymore. I really don't want to make him tough in the mouth...any suggestions??
         
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        04-29-2010, 11:50 PM
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    Trained
    Hmmmm...I think in a case like this, I'd be getting tough on the other riders in question, especially if there is NO room FOR that kind of behavior. Tell them to wait until there is adaquete room to be running around like idiots, not running up the tails of other horses, putting themselves, their horses, and others in danger of being hurt for their impatience. If they absolutely cannot wait, tell them from the beginning of the ride, that perhaps they need to lead, instead of trying to follow, so that their lack of control, isn't effecting other horses and riders.
         
        04-30-2010, 12:03 AM
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    Trained
    I always give my horse the opportunity to make the mistake, then correct it. So I would ignore the others, and keep walking/trotting/whatever along on a loose rein, not change my posture one bit. If he started to speed up, I would calmly bring him back and put him back on the loose rein. If he tried to take off, I would shut him down, put him back to the speed I was doing, and back on a loose rein. It takes a while, but they learn to self-regulate on a loose rein and stick to the same gait, no matter what.

    You also have to be brave enough to let them make those mistakes, lol.
         
        04-30-2010, 12:13 AM
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    Thanks Mom2pride. Their behavior was very inappropriate. It really made me mad at the time. On the other hand, it certainly made me look at the control I have in my own horse. I don't blame my horse for being bothered by that, but the whole thing sorta changed his mood about the ride. Even when we were bringing up the rear, it was hard to keep him out of his running walk or faster. I did keep him pretty much in check, but I had to stay in his mouth. Surely there is a better way? Maybe I should keep trying with the circles? Or quit practicing them so much
         
        04-30-2010, 12:22 AM
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    Thanks Wild_spot. I'm not afraid of him at all, so I have no problem letting him on a loose rein. He really is a good boy, but he is going to have to learn that sometimes we have to walk....even if we are riding with a bunch of idiots. I will try your suggestion...I do have a tendency to keep those reins short when I am expecting bad behavior from him He is gaited though, so if he gets in a trot I'm going to be worried...just sayin Thanks again...I will give it a try.
    I'm worried about being to much in his mouth while trying to slow him down. Yeah, it works, but how much of that before his mouth gets tough and I have to get a meaner bit....I don't want that.
         
        04-30-2010, 12:33 AM
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    Best thing to do - don't ride with people who won't/can't control their horses. Aside from being irritating, it's downright dangerous. Even the best controlled/trained trail horses will act up with other riders pullin crap like that from time to time.
    Do yourself a favor, warn them to behave when they're on the trail, and if they don't - get new trail riding buddies. It's not worth getting hurt because of their inconsideration.
         
        04-30-2010, 12:55 AM
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    thanks Wild_spot. I'm not afraid of him at all, so I have no problem letting him on a loose rein. He really is a good boy, but he is going to have to learn that sometimes we have to walk....even if we are riding with a bunch of idiots. I will try your suggestion...I do have a tendency to keep those reins short when I am expecting bad behavior from him He is gaited though, so if he gets in a trot I'm going to be worried...just sayin Thanks again...I will give it a try.
    I'm worried about being to much in his mouth while trying to slow him down. Yeah, it works, but how much of that before his mouth gets tough and I have to get a meaner bit....I don't want that.
    Never ridden a gaited horse, so can't help you with that!

    In regards to a hard mouth - The way I suggested won't lead to a hard mouth as long as you are sure to release as soon as you are back to your preferred speed and you give him the rein. Holding the rein anticipating the misbehaviour would be more likely to create a hard mouth as there is no release, and he hasn't actually done anything yet, so he doesn't know why he is being held.

    I did this with Wildey who is absolutely a pocket rocket out on the trail. He soon learnt that if I gave him a loose rein, he had to stay in walk - he would power walk those little legs off, but he would not step into a trot or I would bring him back down.
         
        04-30-2010, 12:59 AM
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    Green Broke
    This reminds me of a ride I did a few month's ago. I thought it was just going to be my friend. She showed up with about 6 other people from her barn. I was on my younger horse & we got stuck in the middle. Anyway, this one girl's horse kept riding up on us. She kept apologizing, but didn't hold her horse back. I even let her pass a few times, but she'ld always end up back behind me somehow. I had just told the girl if didn't stay off me, my mare was going to kick her, and sure enough she did.
    I know that's not acceptable behavior, but hey she's a mare.
         
        04-30-2010, 11:38 AM
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    Sadly enough on trail rides the biggest problems are other riders. I was riding with a small group and one girl decided to let her horse GO into a full out gallop without telling anyone, and sprinted past the Arab I then had. Being an ex endurance racer he lost his mind and bolted, I came off nearly instantly as I hit a tree. I spent 6 months on crutches and she believed she didn't do a thing wrong. Lesson learned: that was my last trail ride with her.
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        04-30-2010, 01:47 PM
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    Thanks for posting everyone. Sounds like I'm not the only one who rides with people that have no trail manners.
         

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