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post #41 of 62 Old 07-01-2012, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Yes! And everyone's posts have helped and have encouraged. Not only did I need the advice, but the "you can do it" posts had also done their part.

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post #42 of 62 Old 07-01-2012, 06:45 PM
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Everyone's had good suggestions from what I read. Just thought I'd add my little input. Living in Florida, I understand the frustration a really hot summer day can cause. Keep a water bottle near you when you're working in the heat and don't be afraid to take breaks to keep yourself hydrated. It will help ease your frustration, and maybe try working with him in the late evening or early mornings.

Also remember to work in baby steps. If you manage to get him to move forward 1 step, then praise him. If he's too much for you to handle alone, don't hesitate to call a trainer to help. Good luck :)
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post #43 of 62 Old 07-01-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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So, crazy thing happened today. I didn't feel like wearing boots and wanted to just feel my horse beneath me, so I kinda took a risk dive in shallow water. Rode him bareback today (not on the road, just at home - he still has problems there too so it was still iffy).

He was so fantastic today I could cry. Today has just so not been my day on so many levels. And then I barebacked him and he was just so flipping perfect that I hugged him for like, five minutes. And he just stood there and took it.
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post #44 of 62 Old 07-01-2012, 09:45 PM
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Isnt it so interesting how horses can have those days when you need it most? So glad to hear he did well for you :)
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post #45 of 62 Old 07-01-2012, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Isnt it so interesting how horses can have those days when you need it most? So glad to hear he did well for you :)
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Oddly, though, he has never been a bad boy when I've barebacked him. I'm wondering if it's just his favorite thing?

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post #46 of 62 Old 07-01-2012, 10:01 PM
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does the saddle fit correctly? Could it be pinching him, which may in turn cause him to stop and back up. Seems it might be an issue since he doesn't act bad bareback.
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post #47 of 62 Old 07-01-2012, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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does the saddle fit correctly? Could it be pinching him, which may in turn cause him to stop and back up. Seems it might be an issue since he doesn't act bad bareback.
I use the same saddle I did back at the ranch I used to ride him at, and never had such a horrible problem. I admit it's a tiny bit small, but I'm using a really thick pad to avoid too much pinch.

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post #48 of 62 Old 07-01-2012, 10:56 PM
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Being someone who has a a barn/buddy sour horse, I know your fustration, especially when they act up in this crappy heat we have during the summer! I don't really have any input, because with my mare being as old as she is, I don't ride her as often and when I do I make sure I have a buddy to go with. Though the backing up thing, is extremely dangerous as already said. Just make sure not to pull on the reins to much and make his mouth hard, then he won't listen even more. (Actually think that is what has happened to my mare.) No matter how hard you pull on her to stop, when she wants to run back to the gate and go in, she will keep on trucking. I hope you get his issue settled and try to start working with him in the early morning or late evening, drink lots of water and make sure he gets it as well. :)
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post #49 of 62 Old 07-02-2012, 10:19 AM
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If the saddle is a tiny bit pinchy, I would bet the price of a new saddle that this is your problem. Anything pinchy across the withers or behind the shoulders can cause this type of behavior. If you're riding him more, and he's muscled out differently from your training, the saddle might be fitting worse as time goes on. I really think this is your issue, since bareback doesn't cause him to be tense and tight.

Maybe could you borrow another saddle to see if you still have this problem? Then you'll know for sure.
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post #50 of 62 Old 07-02-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Actually I've decided to purchase a stirrupless bareback pad. If he continues to progress with bareback riding, I'm going to buy a trail-friendly pad. I love riding with that much contact. Plus its easier to emergency dismount.
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