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post #51 of 54 Old 01-18-2013, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by hberrie View Post
Liligirl---I was really hoping you or someone else would defend you on that one!!!! ^^^ Very inappropriate and arrogant and misinformed.
lol normally I don't bite but I also felt that the reply was quite arrogant and in fact unhelpful as no advice was offered on the perceived "lack of leadership". I love when people give me good advice. Being a novice so much of what I do relies on the experience and advice of others :)
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post #52 of 54 Old 01-19-2013, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Liligirl View Post
A few points on your reply

First point: You seem to have mistaken me for the original poster. Which I am not.

Second point: I was not aware that young green horses newly backed came with all the knowledge and experience to handle anything you put in front of them. My mistake I will have a chat with him and tell him that he needs to grow up and realise he is a big horse and not allowed to worry about anything.

Third point: I state im a novice so yea I do think he "puts up with" alot from me. I do not have the best balance, i'm not yet the sharpest with teaching him queues for things. But the fact that he works through it with me (yes with me) rather than dumping me on my butt (which would not be a hard task) I think shows that he does infact do things willingly for me!

Forth point (more for the heck of it): I have a very well behaved boy, who can hack out by himself happily, who will calmly take any position when out with other horses. His first trip to the forest he took the lead and didnt look back, however is also happy to bring up the rear. He is polite, moves out of your space when asks, heck when carrying a feed bucket I just have to look at him with my "mare glare" (which i practice in the mirror) and he will immediately back off me, put his head down and wait for me to walk away from it. I think all this combined with the fact that I am a novice, i have only a years exprience working with horses I am doing pretty well with him.

Ok rant over now.
All horses need persuasion now and then! I have been around horses and riding since I was 5 yrs old and I am now 32...NO ONE EVER KNOWS EVERYTHING!! I still learn something new everyday, especially now that I am retraining a retired racehorse which is def something new to me. I trained my first horse when I was 13 yrs old and he turned out pretty well and he was ridden by an 8 yr old girl. Like I said previously I had checked everything obvious that could be causing my horses rearing but the same person commented and made it sound like I was a ******. I am not ashamed to ask questions no matter if I think I know the answer or not because there is ALWAYS a different opinion or another way of looking at it. My OTTB avoids water and I PERSUADED her to walk through it by walking ankle deep in a puddle myself to show her it was ok...did that about 5 or 6 times and now she walks right through. So don't sweat it chica :)
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post #53 of 54 Old 01-20-2013, 05:04 PM
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TB's are exercised and hand galloped and work out to build up their stamina and strength. It may be that you are keeping her too hyped up by lunging her.

I'd switch to just mounting, and make sure too that she isn't being toed as rider goes up.

Could also be feed is hotter than she needs, or hay is.

She also may have dental issues, reins being held too tightly when someone is going up, dragging toes across back.

Video would help, both us and you.

And while you may have trained and been riding for years, rearing is a serious matter, even if she does not do it with you at present.

I knew a woman that had been riding many many years, Saddleseat on Saddlebreds, she was in the warm up area and as she tried to mount, horse came up, she stepped down and back. Horse was settled, she attempted to mount, horse went up, she stepped down and back.

Did it a couple times more, as was supposed to be heading into arena...went to mount, horse went up and as she stepped down and back? Her foot slipped out from under her, and the horse slipped, as it got to its feet, it put a hoof on her head and crushed it, killing her right there in the warm up arena.

Eventually your luck will run out, even if horse is not doing this to you presently.

A thorough vet exam with equine only vet would be where I would start.

And secondly, I would quit letting others ride her too. If it is important to you that others have a horse to ride, find one that isn't so sensitive. If this horse suits you, I would keep her for myself. Something others are doing is not agreeable to this mare. I can count on the fingers of one hand and have a couple left over, the number of people that I let ride my personal horses.

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post #54 of 54 Old 01-20-2013, 05:15 PM
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I am very confused by this whole conversation. She doesn't have a history of rearing, but reared with the former owner, dumping her, and was never ridden again.

She doesn't rear with the OP but has done it once.

The horse has a rearing problem that needs the assistance of a good trainer.
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