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        11-22-2008, 01:14 PM
    Need some Opinions

    Okay, we have a new horse at our stables. The owners arn't very good riders and should NOT have bought this horse, but oh well. Anyway the horse has been mistreated plus never been riden correctly.
    So she's scared and dosen't know anything. I'm suposed to get her going well enogh for a simple pleasur horse. Oh she's a 10 year old Andalusia.
    Her biggest problems are:
    -Scared of the weight in her back which makes her jank her head up which makes the weight in her back hurt which makes her refuse to move another step.
    Okay that problem is already (after 3 rides) getting much better poor thing just didn't know what to do and the owners as I said can't ride very well. (there not riding her intill I get her a bit straightend out now)
    So now the second problem is:
    -She's extremly stiff on the left hand. She dosen't want to bend ect.
    She doesn't exept the leg jet very much which makes it very difficult to get her to stay on the outside of the ring. I don't want to be draging on the rain and I really don't want her looking to the outside
    Any suggestions other than being pactient? Just want some other opinions here!
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        11-22-2008, 02:40 PM
    She needs some ground work done. She needs to lunge, build muscle, trust you, and be ground driven before you expect her to know how to do any of the things you have asked.
        11-23-2008, 02:56 PM
    I would do turn on the forehands in hand with a dressage whip, getting her used to moving away from pressure. Push the butt of the whip into her side where your leg would go, if she does respond a little tap on her hand legs to tell her to move them.

    Then move that to u/s. Do TOF, it may be easier for her to grasp of you let her walk a small circle at first when you do it. Then ask her to halt and do it.

    Also, encouraging her to walk/trot forward and ignoring your head right now will help (as frustrating as it may be for you). Just keep pushing her forward, and keep your hips pointing where you want her to go. It might not be perfect but its better not to fight with her, it'll get better with time.
        11-24-2008, 11:06 AM
    Thanks! I just think it's good to get some other opinions. Sometimes it can really help to get a fresh insight.
    Just pushing her forward has helped the most right now. Yesterday it really "clickt" with her and the last 10 minutes were really good.
    I'm a bit sceptical to try turn on the forhands and such because especialy on the left hand she has the tendency to want to move sideways when trotting (walking is already great, after just 4 rides, smart little horse).
    So I've put making her move forward in a straight line my main concern (with circels and so on to keep it from getting boring..)
    Any other opinions would be great!
        11-24-2008, 01:55 PM
    Is she stiff b/c she hurts or b/c she is unsure?

    If it is because she is unsure, have you tried weaving through the arena and doing figure 8's? Just to get her to bed a little this way and a little that way ...

    Also I agree that quality time with her will help. If she didn't have a great upbringing before, that would make me skeptical too.

    Good luck and let us now how it goes!
        11-24-2008, 03:27 PM
    Hi! Yup plenty of figure 8. And it's not cause she hurts. The owners had her checked right away. There nice people, just don't know that much about horses. Anyway today was great! Didn't stop once was bending didn't try to break away or run sideways, even accepted the bit.
    Nice smart little horse.
    Next step will be turn on the forhand, shoulder in ect. But deffinatly didn't want to push her when she was going so nicely!

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