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        05-23-2009, 07:27 AM
      #11
    Showing
    With some horses it just takes time. With Bobo, even though I could ride him after I got him home, it's taken nearly a year for him to learn to trust me. Many, many times I thought about reselling him but I don't think I could do that to him anymore.

    It sounds like you are on the right track. Time and Patience.
         
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        05-23-2009, 01:43 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    . Many, many times I thought about reselling him
    LOL, within the first 6 months of bring George to the coast I thought many times about calling the previous owners and telling them to come and get him.......

    Like Iridehorses say. Some of them just take longer to bond. It wasn't until George and I started learning to jump that we really connected. Neither he or I had every jumped before and and by going through the process together we learned to trust each other.

    Take your time, you'll both be better off for it in the long run.
         
        05-23-2009, 07:16 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I know this may sound crazy, but did they already have her out before you bought her? Do you know if they lunged her before you got on?

    My friend went to buy a horse, the horse was an angel, they brought her home, went to ride her the next day and the mare was psycho. Turns out the owners would lunge her for thirty minutes before every ride.
         
        05-23-2009, 09:13 PM
      #14
    Showing
    Few questions first, how much riding experience do you have? And do you have other horses or just this one?
    It sounds a bit like maybe this horse is testing you and you need to be more assertive. If there isn't any physical reason why the horse won't do what is asked and you know for a fact he knows how to do what is asked, then he is trying to see if he can get by with not doing it with his new owner.
    I know we all want to be friends and have our horses love us, but first and foremost, they must do what we ask of them....they can love us later
    Good luck with him, I hope he comes around to your way of thinking soon. It sounds like he is a good horse and maybe too smart for his britches
    Just to add... a good cure to a supposed to be well broke horse not going forward is a saddle string or a riding crop to the rear end
         
        05-23-2009, 10:17 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I'd give her some time to settle in. I had a horse that did this, was an angel when we looked at her and then did a complete u-turn when we got her home. I would do lots of ground work, and maybe if your worried about the saddle try riding her bareback in a small yard. Also I found that horses that have been spelled for a long time seem to forget what they are suppose to do. So they may be really quiet but forget leg aids and the contat with the bridle and so are not happy when you apply them. So I would treat your pony as if you have to retrain them, so be really gentle and patient.

    This is what I did with my horseand within about a month she was perfect.
         
        05-23-2009, 11:39 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gabrielstriumph    
    I know this may sound crazy, but did they already have her out before you bought her? Do you know if they lunged her before you got on?

    My friend went to buy a horse, the horse was an angel, they brought her home, went to ride her the next day and the mare was psycho. Turns out the owners would lunge her for thirty minutes before every ride.
    No she was in a stall in the barn. I told the owners I would be out between noon and 4 pm, so I wouldnt get there right at a certain time. They only led her out when I got there an followed them to the barn. I don't think they had lunged her, she wasnt sweating or worked up.
         
        05-24-2009, 01:01 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Ground work is all I can say... you have to get this horses trust, it has nothing to do with you place. When you take a horse to a show do you let it stay there for a week or two to get used to it? No you get on it and ride. The does not know you and that's it. You have to get his trust. I have been around several horses like this. Some horses don't care who they are with, but most do. They want you to be their leader, but you can't if you don't show them that you can. Do a lot of groundwork every day. In a few days you will see a huge difference I promise! Hope this helps.
         
        05-24-2009, 01:29 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aaronnmal    
    No she was in a stall in the barn. I told the owners I would be out between noon and 4 pm, so I wouldnt get there right at a certain time. They only led her out when I got there an followed them to the barn. I don't think they had lunged her, she wasnt sweating or worked up.
    You might ask what they were feeding her. If she's eating more feed or grains now, that can change her attitude.

    Being in season can also change their attitude.

    Moving in general can shake things up too. It took my Appy mare a good month to really settle in to our new house/area.

    How does your saddle fit? Not all western saddles fit the same. Put it on without a pad. Make sure the front concho is sitting BEHIND her shoulder blade, NOT over the top of her shoulder. Make sure the saddle is sitting level. Make sure you have 2-3 fingers of space over her withers. Look at the front edge of the saddle and make sure it follows the line of her shoulder (not digging in at the top or bottom). Put your hand under the saddle and make sure there's no tight or loose spots.

    When you saddle up, be sure those front conchos are BEHIND the shoulder blade. Make sure you pull her legs forward and up, so there's no skin wrinkled under the cinch. My Appy mare prefers 100% mohair cinches, as she galls easily with anything else.

    If she still acts up after another week, I'd have an equine chiropractor out to make sure she didn't strain anything or throw something out of whack on the trail ride to your place. She could have something off in her back or shoulders.

    Have you tried riding her bareback?
         
        05-24-2009, 08:15 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    For every year she lived with her previous owner give her a month at your place to adjust. One of my horses, Huge draft like Quarter Horse was very different when he first got here, story sounds similar to yours. He was on the verge of dangerous when pushed, One of my trainers told me to get rid of him! He is now my absolute favorite, trustworthy and brave! Give her time to adjust having your world and people change can't be easy just show her you are kind trustworthy and worthy of her respect. :)
         
        05-24-2009, 11:25 PM
      #20
    Foal
    She was turned out daily, and stalled at night, which is what we do w/ our horses. So she eats pasture during the day, and I only give her a small amount of grain since she isnt being excersiced alot. So she's on a similar diet.

    And she is in season right now, so that may be a part of it.

    Luvs2ride, the saddle actually fits wonderful. That was my first thought that day when we brought her home. I don't have a lot of knowledge on saddle fitting so I actually had an amishman that lives out the road from me that makes and fits saddles for horses come check. He had the saddle on her w/ out the blanket. He checked my saddle on her, and my husbands. He recommends that I don't use my husbands saddle, as the tree is a little wide on her. But my saddle fits well.

    But on a positive note, I have been riding her and spending time with her daily, and she is doing a complete turn around. You all are right when you said to let her settle in. Today, I took her on a 3 hour trail ride, and she did wonderful. The ground work before hand really helps.
    However, she does not like my husband, at all. She wont even let him catch her, and will NOT let him ride her. He's been trying to win her over, but she seems to really prefer me.
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