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  • When to ride a horse out of the round pen
  • working 2 horses n round pen at same time

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    05-24-2012, 09:09 PM
  #11
Foal
Update on Navy!

So, I did what we all discussed and suggested. I started small and slow IN the round pen. Just a Clinton Anderson halter and 12 lead. Small circles changing directions as calm and slow as she would do. Then I would drop the lead and rub and talk to her. Then took the lead off and just stood while she wondered.
Same thing the next day. Then we went to a lunge line. Panic at first, but I gave her as much freedom as possible as long as she was going forward...I tried for a walk only!!
That was okay...but still she wants to run off her feet...so I just tried little pressure and waiting patiently for her to slow and relax. When she did we stopped.
Now she is going in side reins and surcingle at a walk and a tiny bit of trotting...the side reins really are helping her stopping and rollbacks. I change them every few rounds around the round one, and just keep convincing her to go go easy. We are getting there. I did take her on a long gorgeous relaxing trail ride and she was FABULOUS!!! :)
     
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    05-25-2012, 12:02 AM
  #12
Weanling
Our been there done that horse was terrified of the round pen that we finally built once we had our own property......I think she was miss treated in the round pen at one time.......its taken a professional trainer and lots of time and she is now comfortable in the round pen.....although she is more comfortable with a lunge line attached......even after years of work.

Super Nova
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    05-25-2012, 12:11 AM
  #13
Yearling
Well my Qh I got from a lady that got him from his ranch! He was amazing rode well lead amazing, loaded pretty good. Tryed to lounge him well I almost lost him and my line! So stoped that and just worked in the saddle a bunch. Now 5 years later when he's on a long line and I have a whip its take off in a blind panic making the other horses run with him! But I can crack my bull whip right next to him and he wont flinch. He never gets lounged but put out for a bit to work off some steam!

My moms horse dead broke just turned 3 year old now 14.3ish hh, head shy and rump shy now just head shy after 10 months of working with him, it may take some time its taken him some time to get use to us and let us be close but now I can hug his butt without him spazing and threating to kick, and he's amazing lounging and leading trailing very well, vet so so, and stands for ferrior. Some take time others don't moms horse takes time to trust, my QH and paint warmed up to me pretty fast and work well.
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    05-25-2012, 12:51 AM
  #14
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Originally Posted by GypsyLuvR    
So, I did what we all discussed and suggested. I started small and slow IN the round pen. Just a Clinton Anderson halter and 12 lead. Small circles changing directions as calm and slow as she would do. Then I would drop the lead and rub and talk to her. Then took the lead off and just stood while she wondered.
Same thing the next day. Then we went to a lunge line. Panic at first, but I gave her as much freedom as possible as long as she was going forward...I tried for a walk only!!
That was okay...but still she wants to run off her feet...so I just tried little pressure and waiting patiently for her to slow and relax. When she did we stopped.
Now she is going in side reins and surcingle at a walk and a tiny bit of trotting...the side reins really are helping her stopping and rollbacks. I change them every few rounds around the round one, and just keep convincing her to go go easy. We are getting there. I did take her on a long gorgeous relaxing trail ride and she was FABULOUS!!! :)
Good Job!! She is a beauty & I love the name Navy, so glad you are making such quick progress
     
    05-25-2012, 04:32 AM
  #15
Weanling
She's a beautiful mare and glad to hear you're making progress. Just make sure you're continuing to expect things of her, not giving her a holiday :)
     
    05-25-2012, 07:45 AM
  #16
Weanling
I had a mare named TANGO that would test me alot when I first got her. I thought Oh god this is going to be a trip. But once I let her know that I wasnt going to fall for her games she stopped being a idiot. Natrual horsemanship is such a great tool.

Your on the right path. Calm but firm patience with her. Be the lead mare. She's going to be fine. Pretty mare too!

TRR
     
    05-25-2012, 12:33 PM
  #17
Yearling
Sounds like this mare just needs some patience and good experiences under her belt. I honestly believe, from what you have written, that she will blossom into a wonderful riding horse if given the chance and time to recover from whatever happened to her previously. She just needs to be able to trust somebody.

So just stay consistent. Good experiences, no matter what the lesson is, always end on a good note and you should have no problem getting her up to speed.

She is gorgeous by the way, and very well put together in my opinion. Kudos to you for not giving up on the girl, even though she is not what you were looking for.
     

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