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post #21 of 22 Old 11-23-2008, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
I understand that it is fun and exciting to lope up hills, I do it often. But it is always my choice when we do it and when we walk. Everyone does things their own way and prefers different things I just don't want to see anyone get hurt.
Same here. Our mares know when I've given them free rein to pick their own speed for fun and when I want them to walk/trot/lope.

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post #22 of 22 Old 11-23-2008, 11:43 PM
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I would definitely address this. I agree with those that have posted the advice to make him stop and proceed only at a walk. He is not respecting your commands or he is misinterpreting them. Would you let him take off in a trot or lope on flat ground if you didn't ask him to? A hill is no different when it comes to discipline and training. Yes, it is easier for a horse to lope up a hill, but sometimes you just have to say, "sucks to be you, horse!"
Make him listen to you.
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