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post #31 of 54 Old 01-18-2013, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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I apologize I should have been more specific in my OP. I checked for pain and saddle fit but I also had her checked by a vet even though she was checked right before I bought her, just to rule it out or confirm it.
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post #32 of 54 Old 01-18-2013, 12:34 PM
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How often and for how long do you or anyone else ride her? If she has had much time off and you start riding her without conditioning and getting her in shape, she will be sore. Not just in her back. Just like us, they have to be brought back slowly into exercise or the muscles(all of them) will get sore. Just like if someone that seldom or has never rode, they get sore muscles in places they never knew were there. Have you tried giving her some time off? Did she rear the very first time you went to get on her?
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Can you find a nice tall mounting block and take things slowly? I've never had a horse rear, but I know PLENTY of schoolies who won't stand still or swing out at the mounting block.

I usually line the horse up, stand in front and ask it to "stand". I move to the left side and give them lots of scratching and good girls. I left them be comfortable and process what's happening. Then I sit on the mounting block so I'm about wither height. Again rubs and scratches. If it was challenging to get there I usually quit there. If not I move up by the saddle and just rest or put pressure on. More goods and scratches. Then I sit down and get off. More goods scratches.

I guess you can break the steps down how you wish but it creates a nice relaxing attitude while mounting. As an OTTB I would imagine mounting is probably a pretty significant memory which probably draws up plenty of excitement and anxiety.
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I will qualify this by saying I do not consider myself a trainer in anyway, but I do like to observe. You said you were looking for out of the box answers. What if it is a respect issue. You have been lunging her and she doesn't do it with you. Have your sister do some ground work with her and see what happens. It may be that she is a one person horse or will only work for those she respects.
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She is worked daily and she has one full day off and then one day of just lungeing
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Can you find a nice tall mounting block and take things slowly? I've never had a horse rear, but I know PLENTY of schoolies who won't stand still or swing out at the mounting block.

I usually line the horse up, stand in front and ask it to "stand". I move to the left side and give them lots of scratching and good girls. I left them be comfortable and process what's happening. Then I sit on the mounting block so I'm about wither height. Again rubs and scratches. If it was challenging to get there I usually quit there. If not I move up by the saddle and just rest or put pressure on. More goods and scratches. Then I sit down and get off. More goods scratches.

I guess you can break the steps down how you wish but it creates a nice relaxing attitude while mounting. As an OTTB I would imagine mounting is probably a pretty significant memory which probably draws up plenty of excitement and anxiety.
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I do that every time I get on her and I make anyone else who gets on her do the same
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I will qualify this by saying I do not consider myself a trainer in anyway, but I do like to observe. You said you were looking for out of the box answers. What if it is a respect issue. You have been lunging her and she doesn't do it with you. Have your sister do some ground work with her and see what happens. It may be that she is a one person horse or will only work for those she respects.
I have thought of that and my sister and husband have lunged her but she acts up when they do. I was starting to think it may be only me that will be able to ride her or work her. I do not want her to be a one person horse but if that is how she is happiest then that is what she will be.
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I have thought of that and my sister and husband have lunged her but she acts up when they do. I was starting to think it may be only me that will be able to ride her or work her. I do not want her to be a one person horse but if that is how she is happiest then that is what she will be.
If she acts up when they lunge her, she does NOT respect them. If a horse doesn't respect, likely there is no trust there either. You might have found your problem.
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She is worked daily and she has one full day off and then one day of just lungeing
Did you start this routine from the beginning or did you bring her slowly back into work? She could still have sore muscles.

Also, you didn't answer if she reared the first time you got on her.
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I think I may have to have each of them spend more time with her without working her and try again once she knows them better....groundwork for the humans so to speak. I did not think of that and it does seem to fit with whats happening.
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