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post #11 of 16 Old 01-13-2008, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, but I can stop her once she is taking off I am trying to stop her from taking off in the first place.
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-13-2008, 07:00 PM
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Okay, I wasn't sure... some people freak out and don't know how to deal with it.

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post #13 of 16 Old 01-14-2008, 12:57 AM
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You say that she used to be good and then she got worse. Do you only do jumping all the time? Ever take her on a trail ride or do something that would be fun to her, like just hanging aournd eating grass and getting a good scratching. Always working on the same things 5-6 days a week can get very boringand irritating and she may be trying to tell you something, she is probably sick of the same old routine. You said that she is turned out during the day and that is good, but she needs to do something she likes to do with you so that she knows you want to have a good time with her and it doesn't always have to be working.
I have a western pleasure horse that used to get very bored and cranky so I started chasing cattle with her and she is a completely different horse. Most people would think it is absurd to chase cows with a pleasure horse, but I think it is absurd not to. A horse needs to have work and recreation, just like people do!
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post #14 of 16 Old 01-14-2008, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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I have been tring to do more things with her(grooming, grazing, walks outside) but she is never very good trail riding which I also like to do. Do you have anyother suggestions onn ways to have fun with your horse/pony? We also jumo only 2 times a week and usually hack the other 2-3 days
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post #15 of 16 Old 01-15-2008, 04:22 AM
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You could try doing games with her, like bending barrels or putting the tennis ball in the bucket, lol cant remember hhe proper name :roll: you dont have to be raceing just go at walk and trot to start.

How old is she?

In some ways it sounds like shes running because of fear of somthing. Because it sounds like she gets herself into a panic and is trying to escape.
Like shes trying to be brave then its getting to much. Shes using the natural instinct of flight, out of the flight or fight response that horses have.

I think staying on the ground with her and building up a very solid relationship that way first would be a good start.Then once you hop back on , start at walk and do some bonding and trust exercises, things like walking over scary objects like puddles or bags.

She needs to learnt that when you are with her everything will be ok and she doesnt need to panic and bolt off. The fact she doesnt listen possibly suggest she just wants to get out of there and doesnt care or forgets about you at that moment.

I have had one of my horses bolt on me and no matter what i did he wouldnt stop. He went off down a beach , runing/jumping little logs in a panic and was litterally cm from crashing into my cousin and her horse, they had to do a little rear turn thing to get out of the way.
So yea this bolting behaviour is a dangerous thing for you. My horse never did it again so i was some what lucky that was the only time. My horse did it through fear as he used to be quite nurvous and shy ALOT. So i was able to deal with it accordingly.

Its a little harder since we cant actually see whats happening with you and your horse. But hopefully we can help
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post #16 of 16 Old 01-15-2008, 09:40 PM
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I would highly recommend Clinton Anderson "Gaining Respect & Control" Groundwork vol. 1. You will bond more with your horse. Your horse will learn to trust you and you'll establish yourself as the leader. It also helps the horse to THINK before going into "flight" mode. It is helping me tremendously with my new (1st) horse. And it's another activity you can do vs. riding one some groundwork and then go for a hand-walk or graze...and just bond and enjoy your horse. Good luck :)
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