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        07-06-2009, 11:37 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Hey You...
    Hows it going???
    I noticed that in the begining when my horse arrived to his new home he needed a bit of a diet change to help with his...hot head...if you will. If this is the case I would say just as the other poster to cut out the hot stuff for few weeks while your horse settles into the new surroundings.
    One thing I did in the begining....was hand walk (feet were bad so no riding yet) but I supose you could ride her if she is not to bad but I suggest hand walking her everywhere...all over evey square inch of the new place...
    Yes I had a few incidences where Tniy acted up and embarrased me...Yes you better believe I let go of the rope...I was shocked at his behavior but eventually I just got those feet moving...forwards backwards left and right...now that we are working onthose things he is much better....
    I have taken him to places where he gets nervous and then worked him near the things he does not like....at first he acts silly and then within 10 mins he settles into what he is supposed to be doing....
    I just can not say enough about going back to the basics of groudwork 101 and that personal space....a horse that has been crowding into someones personal space for years could and will probably get really irritated when asked to get out of that space...
    I hope by now you have created some excersises to fit the both of you and gained some ground ....
    Half Pass
         
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        07-07-2009, 11:04 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Well its been a week now and she was a little better today, but there was alot going on today too. There was a wood chipper going and the tractor going around with hay.

    She is still difficult to get out of the paddock once I get close to the gate so once she starts refusing I put the chain around her nose becuase that's the only way I can get her moving and probably the only way she'll learn that coming out willingly wont be so bad then refusing and getting the chain. I don't like using the chain very much though unless I really have to. When I first put it on she raises her head high and pulls back trying to test me and see if ill get scared and give in but I havnt and she finally gives in and comes out of the paddock with me.
    After working with her I walk her around and by the paddock gates and inside and out of the paddock to get her use to coming out and once she is goodi reward her by letting her go out and see her buddies.
    I don't know if this sounds like im on the right track with some of this stuff or what im doing is a good idea but please let me know!

    I rode her finaly yesterday and she is actually completely the same as she was at the other barn when I ride her. Apart from being a little ore alert she's completely fine and actually does alot more. I wish she was still the same on the ground! But I am glad that something still stuck. Just before I left the barn I was teaching her side passing and she was doing it kind of crappy but now I did it esterday and she was doing it so well! I have no idea why she's so good when im riding her and now when we are on ground but im glad one thinkg stuck.
         
        07-07-2009, 11:10 PM
      #13
    Foal
    P.s I don't give her grain she only has hay and grass when she's out in the pasture!
         
        07-08-2009, 02:01 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Hey You!!
    That sound as if it is some slight improements...I cannot ride my gelding right now due to his foot issues, but there was this respect thing that had to get established in order for it to be safe for me...
    When the rearing thing happened for the first time I went the next day and got a stud chain. I do not like ot have to use them either but they are just necessary sometimes...
    Now finally after a bit over a month we are weaning off hte chain. When My horse arrived at his new home I was and still am recovering from a knee surgery so I could not move that fast..I still can not run but for sure can move faster now then upon his arrival. SO the chain was a tool that was necessary.
    Not sure if you have access to a round pen, but doing some excersises in any pen for that matter that have to do with sensitizeing and desensitizing are a great way to get your horse using the thinking side of their brain.
    Your horse just moved to a new place where everything is differeent...I think when we move them like that they automatically revert back to using the reacting side of their brain because everything is soooo unfamiliar that they are scared and want to get away from the things they are unfamiliar with....
    I know that with Tiny it has taken consistency, patience and a lot of devoted time to get him thinking before just reacting.
    Different from your horse mine was alos not handled a lot while out to pasture for those years I was injured with an arm and then a neck and knee injury (long story) none of which were horse injuries, but at least he was with family and taken care of until I could have him come live with me. But the less handling he had the more I had to work on the leadership and respect issues....
    I don't give Tny any grain either but that is because he is not really working that hard at the moment.
    That is something you could discuss with your vet or someone who you work closley with. Not sure how much your going to be working your horse so I can not comment onthat one...
    The way I figured it was to expose my horse to as much as I could and also to make sure that I went out and "visited him, and spent Time with him' so that it was not all work work work.
    We have made tons of progress in all areas...I suspect that you will too...Sounds good to me...
    I think excersises on the ground of yielding the hind and forequarters are good excersises, as well as working on backing up and doing some halting....
    Good luck....hope this has helped you some..
    Half Pass
         
        07-08-2009, 03:29 PM
      #15
    mls
    Trained
    Yet another reason we quarantine new horses when they come to board with us. Yes for health reasons but to also get them used to us and the new environment and give them a chance to settle in without defending their spot in the herd.
         

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