Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
Need Help For A *HOT* Arab!!
Hello :) I have a 13 yr old Arab mare that is 14.1hh and ALL spunk. (Diamond) She gets fired up REALLY easily, and is super green. She is pretty hard to ride, but I love her, and see her has my little prodject. I have found that if I make her (and yes, I mean make her,) trot to a jump, and stop and back after each one, she is controlable... under 2'. Anything 2' or higher and she just charges it no matter what. This is why we are looking to get me a showhorse, because I am now jumping 2'9, and plus with me being nearly 5'7, she is just too small :'( I still want to jump her and teach her though. Once she learns something she is great, so I just need to work her.
So I need some excersises I can do! I have done the grids - trot poles all the way up to the small jump - and she does pretty good after a while of working her, and she gets better each session. Any other ideas?
Her groundwork is really nice, btw. Her flat ... is okay. I can trot her in control, and if she does get too fast I can get her to slow down pretty quick. Her canter... I just can't do. Here is what happens -
She bucks again
I one-rein stop (gradually, not all at once)
She gets all mad at me (She's very expressionate)
I get all mad at her.
That's only on the flat. After jumps, and on a jump course, she's got the most perfect canter... I just need help with her x.x Don't tell me to sell her, because I won't :) She is going to a trainer in the Spring to help her with her consistency and whatnot.
One last thing...
She's nearly *perfect* in an arena. Head sets good, listens perfect, canters smooth... the whole deal. So yea, she's a doll at shows. The problem is I can't practice because I don't have an arena at home - just my field, and she's ... honestly ... she's awful. If I take her to my trainers, then perfect! Problem is we can't trailer her back n forth all the time, and we can't afford to board.
So yea :) Sorry for the novel!! But I'm stuck x.x
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