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        03-30-2007, 10:55 AM
    Well sense I haven't had a chance to try all the helpfull tips, we generally work for no more than 30 min if that.

    No, she hasn't done any of those things. She if fact when not being asked to work she looks very nice out there. Still limping but...

    She had that bad spell, and so we've been watching her and the last two days she's gone from barely able to walk, to being almost fine. My guess is her front leg is very weak and got stressed. I want to get out to the vet as soon at possible though.

    Really, it's more a matter of getting her to the vet. We'd like to have the leg ex-rayed and see what's wrong. I think though she had the problem when she came to us.

    Thanks for you for your help, and for caring about what happens to this horse. :) It's great to meet people so caring. I'm going to see if I can't arrange a trailer to get her down to the vets as soon as possible.
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        03-30-2007, 11:03 AM
    Green Broke
    I was hoping it would be stiffness etc, Glad she's getting better on it!
    Keep us posted about the vet
        04-02-2007, 04:11 AM
    You need to build a realtionship with this horse but don't dominate it work with it as a partner..

    You need to do some ground work, make the horse come to you,back away.. if you need excercises to do some natural horsemanship would be good, like monty roberts and pat parelli.

    And when you are lunging her and she comes towards you use an extension of your arm like a whip you don't have to hit or anything like that just use it as a pressure aid and if she doesn't listen to it just flick it bahind her or something and she should move away..

    Until she stays out and doesn't come in to you I would suggest using the whip an extension as your arm or the rope but make it enough so she takes notice of it..

    She shouldn't invade your space either..she should respect you but don't dominate her..

    And with the dislike of grooming just scratch her in the natural areas that horses would groom each other so the wither and neck like said earlier..

    Hope I could help

    Good luck!
        04-03-2007, 08:43 AM
    The horse you are trying to lounge, you say he runs over you, seems like he doesn't have very good manners. But you could be standing in a wrong position (i know your thinking you stand in once spot and turn your body, but auctually...) if you are up near the horses head, it means for the horse to stop, when you want to Lounge your horse stand were the withers are. The problem of stopping and walkiing/running over you, could mean your up buy your horses head.

    Try that and see if it works. Good luck and have fun!

        04-05-2007, 09:27 AM
    Keep in mind that if you are in line with your horse's eye and he can see you, he will come into you or stop moving. You have to stay behind his eye when you lunge, especially in the beginning and teach him to move forward by command.
        04-05-2007, 10:42 AM
    I didn't want to make a new topic, so I ask it here.

    I started lunging a 4 y.o. Standardbred mare. She is pretty good already, but only when she has to run to the left, if I change the direction, she runs couple of steps & then turns to stop, steares at me & tries to back up. I ask her to start moving again & she starts to run to the left again!
    I tryied to shorten the lunge, but she still does it. And I can't shorten it always, she has to learn running to the right direction.
        04-05-2007, 01:44 PM
    Try moving back behind that shoulder line and then urge her forward. Eye contact usually makes a horse who is learning stop, so avoid eye contact.
    Also, stop after you go to the left, then act is if you're done lunging, give her a pat, then go right into it again moving to your right....keep pushing her forward. Maybe she is confusing the directional changes.
        04-09-2007, 11:01 PM
    Yep I agree with the above suggestions. Also, try not to let her stop. Anticipate what se's about to do and beat her to it by urging her forward. You might actually be getting ahead of her like beautifulbay said and just not realize it. Some horses are more sensitive to it than others so make sure you're not cutting her off on accident.

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