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post #1 of 4 Old 05-30-2013, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Is My Horse Bored?

I have a normally high-energy Thoroughbred mare. When I got her, I rode her a couple times and then stopped...I was new to riding and honestly, she intimidated me! She threw her head a lot, did a lot of hopping, rarely walked (always a trot and faster), and I certainly didn't know how to handle it.

Well, I've started riding her a lot lately and she's a very different horse. She walks. And walks. And doesn't like to do much more than that. When I lunge her, she'll respond to "trot" quickly and acts very willing to particpate. When we ride in her pen (it's a big big pen), she acts really lazy. Or perhaps bored. She always wants to stop and look over at a pasture where there are other horses (not mine). I've taken her out of the pen to ride her a couple of times, but then she's all energy and wild cantering. When I've tried to circle her down to a trot or a walk, she'll start to hop.

I'm still fairly new to riding, so I'm not 100% comfortable with her fighting against me when we're outside the pen...but I can't figure out how to conquer her boredom/laziness.

What are your thoughts? Is there a way I can spice up our in-pen riding? Or should I just suck it up and start riding outside the pen more? Thank you :)

PS: I hope this is in the right board topic. If not, I'm sorry!

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-30-2013, 05:51 PM
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Your past uneasiness about this horse and your inability to figure out why she now just just walks tells me that this is NOT a good fit for you. I would find a trainer who can evaluate your horse, do some retraining and train YOU, as well. You may consider selling and shopping for a more suitable mount.
Beginning riders need a horse that is very forgiving, from the get go. I have owned/trained my own horses since 1985. When I first saw my mare as a 10yo (2008), the owners put her on my picket line and put the halter on upside down, in their haste to get this done and get back to their own camp. She DIDN'T CARE, or react. I didn't see her take a wrong step in 3 days before I found out that she was for sale. She gives everyone confidence when they handle and ride her.
THIS is what a beginning rider needs.
I needed it, too. I had to regain my confidence after getting thrown several times in my horse shopping by "Alpo I, Alpo II and Alpo III." I was only comfortable only on my OWN horses, that I'd owned for >20 years.
Please think about this bc your horse sounds like she doesn't regard you as the leader. Julie Goodnight put it well. "You are the captain, and your horse is your first mate."
He/she needs to take orders quickly and obediently, with a good attitude.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-30-2013, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your input! I do have a trainer that I see on a weekly basis. I'll start looking for additional help in some retraining as well.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-30-2013, 08:17 PM
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every thing that you describe is of a horse who is basically doing what she wants. it's not that sometimes she's bored, and other times willing to work for you. It's that sometimes she wants to walk, and not work and other times she's worried about something, so it's expressed in wanting to canter wildley, or crow hop when you attempt to get in her way by "directing" her. Basically, you are a passenger on her, and when she happens to be going "your" way, things are ok, when not, she baiscally is unaware of or unrespsonsive to your presence.

I agree that you need help from a more knowledgeable person to help you become a a "driver" , not a passenger. easier said than done, so I wish you the best on your journety, and don't feel bad, you aren't the first person to have issues like these.
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