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post #11 of 35 Old 03-21-2012, 11:50 AM
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I also suggest having your horse checked out for any sources of pain. I knew of a horse who had always been a calm level-headed one even for children to ride. After a seemingly minor accident the horse afterward would run uncontrolled as soon as she was mounted. Radiographs were eventually done and it was found that the mare had fractured a front cannon bone and had to be put down. I hope for you that your horse is sound. Odds are likely that he is sound just needs some back to basic training. Letting a horse run thinking that it will tire-out the horse is just putting cardio-vascular and lung capacity conditioning in the horse. The suggestion of working and riding in a small enclosed area to begin with is a very good thing to do. It sounds like you and your horse would benefit from learning the one-rein stop if your using a true no leverage snaffle bit.

As best as I can I'll try to describe the one-rein stop. As soon as the horse takes off at the canter/gallop take up the slack of your right rein and lay than hand/rein on the horse's mane/neck then with the left rein/hand pull your rein/hand to your chest. What will happen is that the horse has no option but to slow down and come to a halt. If your bit is a curb bit with jointed mouth you can pull her head to your knee and your horse will have no option but to circle and come to a stop.
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post #12 of 35 Old 03-21-2012, 12:31 PM
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Before you try the one rien stop you better get that horse flexing his head both left and right. He needs to learn to give to that rein first other wise a one rein stop wont work. Every horse i ride i teach the one rein stop to it has saved me many times. As far as making him go till he wants to stop bad idea. My horse can go for miles you need to work with him and teach him to stop. Start in a small pen like some of the other posters said.
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post #13 of 35 Old 03-21-2012, 02:59 PM
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I caught that point a few posts ago... :) Thanks for the heads up regarding TYPE in that situation. Nothing worse than telling a rocket to keep going... LOL.

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post #14 of 35 Old 03-21-2012, 03:19 PM
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I would do oh so many pull stops. Move forward, ask for the whoa, if the horse does not react pull him hard into the ground. Back him up hard, sit for a moment. An go forward again. I would do about 30 of these in about 5 minutes. But remember, always ask nicely first. If your horse reacts accordingly no need to pull him into the ground. I do not like my horses to think what I am asking is "a question". I want a "yes mam" response. Not a "maybe" or "i guess".
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Before you try the one rien stop you better get that horse flexing his head both left and right. He needs to learn to give to that rein first other wise a one rein stop wont work. Every horse i ride i teach the one rein stop to it has saved me many times. As far as making him go till he wants to stop bad idea. My horse can go for miles you need to work with him and teach him to stop. Start in a small pen like some of the other posters said.


-Here is the problem with flexing when i flex him he moves his whole body and starts spinning even on the ground when I try. I don't know how to get this out of him. I think maybe he was a reining horse or something he spins like a thousand miles an hour and i ride english sometimes its hard to hold on. even on the one rein stop.
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post #16 of 35 Old 03-21-2012, 03:31 PM
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So, did you ride him before purchase or not? If so, how was he during that test ride?
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post #17 of 35 Old 03-21-2012, 03:31 PM
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-Here is the problem with flexing when i flex him he moves his whole body and starts spinning even on the ground when I try. I don't know how to get this out of him. I think maybe he was a reining horse or something he spins like a thousand miles an hour and i ride english sometimes its hard to hold on. even on the one rein stop.
I do not think a one rein stop is the answer to this problem your having. You need to get tough and pull that horse into the ground every time it doesnt listen. MAKE that horse listen to you.
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post #18 of 35 Old 03-21-2012, 04:03 PM
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get off his back

First... You have only had him 10 days start from square 1. Its ok you can know nothing about a horse and have a great out come with him.
*Get off of him.
* Vet check is he sound?
*Teeth if teeth are bad he isnít going to except any bit. Do you know how to measure for proper bit size? If not its ok tub it, or go to tack shop they can help you, then try different widths. Some donít like twists it is hit or miss and just try different bits.
*you will need to start with ground work and lots of it. Commit to it, start with a good trading guide books, tub video what every there is, tons out there. At least 4-6 weeks of ground work before you get on his back.
Second-Ferrier get his feet done correctly, and make sure they are ok. Very important
*check the footing where you are riding if itís to rocky it could be bothering your horses frog. He may need booties.
Third- check your tack I thought my tack fit my horse then I had a saddle fitter come out and yes they want to sell you a new saddle but they will help you properly fit your current saddle to your horse as well. I took my 30 year old saddle and had it refit to my 6 year old horse and she is a changed girl. Rub spots can really make them act up. Ask you local tack shop for the name of a good saddle fitter or if you in my area I am happy to give you mine.
Last but not least hire a trainer a good train is about $400 a month and more than worth it. We have wonderful women at our barn that will do monthly, hourly or trade lessons for training. It is so worth it to have you horse trained properly. Never mind itís a safety issue.
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I am also wondering if you rode him before purchase.

What level of training does he supposedly have?

Do you know what type of bit the previous owner was riding him in?

Did the previous owner ride him or was he a pasture puff?

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post #20 of 35 Old 03-21-2012, 04:13 PM
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Spirit is right. AT A WALK ask the horse to do some flexion exercises. Dont go beyond the walk if you cant stop the horse.

In others words if you arent ready to jog/trot and be experienced enough to control an easy stop with the horse it is better for you and the horse not to do it. Get some help. I cant stress that enough. If you arent an experience rider you should only be going as fast as your horse and you are capable of going.

Dont use a one rein stop as it will put your horse off balance and it sounds like the horse needs more work.
Stay safe most of all.
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