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post #21 of 29 Old 12-01-2008, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't gotten the chance to get back on. Thanksgiving was crazy, so things are just starting to slow down back to normal. I'm going to ride her after class tomorrow night and we'll see how it goes.

Pleasurehorse - There is no warning whatsoever to the stopping. And it's not in the same spot every time. She just...stops. She can go from a fast canter to a complete stop, which is kinda cool....but with the circumstances...not so much. Hah. She has sooo much potential, but with this problem it's hard to get anything done.
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post #22 of 29 Old 12-02-2008, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, so I should probably give an update. I rode Cameo tonight and recorded it. She ended up stopping twice out of about a 30 to 45 minutes of riding. Usually it's a lot more. I think it's just because she knew the camera was there... -_-* So... here they are. (I can't figure out how to get a video on here...)

I went off balance a bunch of times on purpose and she didn't stop. *I don't think she would stop even if I fell off... =P* I also had my mom get on, and she isn't as experienced as me, and Cami didn't stop for her. She wasn't on for very long though.

Here is the section of the video of me going off balance and everything... Kinda goofing around I guess.

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Wow...Okay. So the videos did show up =P
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This horse is not stopping suddenly. It is planned. I could almost guess when she was going to stop.

You have a western curb and more or less neck reining her but I don't see any real neck reining but more a loose rein and "you are going along nice and I have a light rein so all is kosher" type of rein.

This she is taking advantage of. When she stops she has her front leg out to support herself and the gait just a step or two before the stop changes slightly.

If this were my horse I would be thinking of changing two things. First go to a regular snaffle bit.Take contact and DRIVE her forward in no uncertain terms. Balking results in a crop on the side. She has to learn that you are boss and through a direct contact bit (snaffle) she will know you are there and not just a passenger with "bus stops" along the route that she has decided on.

The second thing I would do is make it more interesting for her. Going around in circles is boring. Make many, many changes of direction so she does NOT know where she is going and will have less opportunity to plan these "bus stops".
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post #25 of 29 Old 12-02-2008, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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The only reason I don't use a snaffle on her is because she continuously chomps at the bit. I can change it back though. And we don't usually just ride in there. I have a bigger round pen outside, but it was dark and snowing so I couldn't ride out there. We also have a pasture available to us that we use to ride around in.

And she doesn't neck rein yet. I'm hoping to teach her how to soon.
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post #26 of 29 Old 12-08-2008, 04:06 PM
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I agree with spyder up to a point. If she is not neck reining yet, then I would put her back into a snaffle bit. If she has been ridden western and is not used to contact on the bit, then keep it on a loose rein. You should be able to feel when she is about to stop because her gait does change about 2 strides ahead of when she stops. When you feel her start to prepare, cue her to continue trotting or even go into a lope. Let her know that it is you who chooses when and where you stop and slow. I would advise taking her on the trail and just riding at a constant pace for long periods of time. It looks to me like this is a learned habit. You also might try riding on a little looser rein. It appears to me that your reins contact the bit at odd times while you are riding and this may be what is triggering her. Good luck
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post #27 of 29 Old 12-08-2008, 04:16 PM
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...I don't know... I think I see 2 things. One, is she off a little in the front? She looks like she may be spur broke. Do they do that in the arab world? She is stopping when you heel slides back and touches her side. I THINK you are telling her to stop.

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The horse might just be testing you to see what it can get away with, or she may be locking up when you put your legs on her. I think, as other people have said, it would be helpful to contact the old owners and talk to them about the problem.

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well . . . it could be worse . . . she could run away with you . . . see theres always an upside =) . . . sorry i realise this does nothing to help you but hopefully atleast it made someone smile =)

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