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        01-07-2011, 04:50 PM
      #1
    Foal
    No manners when mounting

    Hi all, new to the forum so I hope this is in the right place!
    I've started riding a Throughbred cross mare but recently I've found once tacked up she gets very hett up and once I've led her into the arena she wont stand still while I do up her girth and when she feels my weight in the stirrup she's off. She doesnt take off exactly but she does a rushed walk, half breaking into trot for a few minutes. I leave her on a long rein because as soon she feels contact she tries tossing her head and goes backwards.
    I've tried asking people to walk with me while Im getting up and to hold her but tbh they just can't, because she'll jog on the spot, throw her head up or try go backwards and backwards is the very last thing I want.

    I think its mainly down to excitement because before I started riding her (in October) she had been on grass for almost 2years but she wasnt as bad at the very start.

    Also all her tack is fitting correctly and her teeth are fine so she isnt in any pain.
    And also incase anyone asks I only ride her 2-3 times a week because im in school and can't get out and she wouldnt be rode any other times.

    Sorry for the long essay and thank you in advance
         
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        01-07-2011, 05:03 PM
      #2
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Pippabobby    
    Hi all, new to the forum so I hope this is in the right place!
    I've started riding a Throughbred cross mare but recently I've found once tacked up she gets very hett up and once I've led her into the arena she wont stand still while I do up her girth and when she feels my weight in the stirrup she's off. She doesnt take off exactly but she does a rushed walk, half breaking into trot for a few minutes. I leave her on a long rein because as soon she feels contact she tries tossing her head and goes backwards.
    I've tried asking people to walk with me while Im getting up and to hold her but tbh they just can't, because she'll jog on the spot, throw her head up or try go backwards and backwards is the very last thing I want.

    I think its mainly down to excitement because before I started riding her (in October) she had been on grass for almost 2years but she wasnt as bad at the very start.

    Also all her tack is fitting correctly and her teeth are fine so she isnt in any pain.
    And also incase anyone asks I only ride her 2-3 times a week because im in school and can't get out and she wouldnt be rode any other times.

    Sorry for the long essay and thank you in advance
    Also sorry I forgot to say once she's given a few minutes and done a few laps of the arena she's absolutely fine and will do whatever she is asked, its just initially.
         
        01-07-2011, 06:20 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    Do you lunge her before riding? Sounds like maybe she's just fresh. Is she stalled or pasture or???...
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        01-07-2011, 06:27 PM
      #4
    Super Moderator
    And now she is getting grain? If she doesn't need grain (and most horses don't) then trash it. I agree that lunging her might be a help for getting her ya-yas out. Might be only necessary for a few weeks, or until the weather warms. Most horses are a lot higher in the cold. However, she might start her heat cycles in the spring, so there's a whole 'nother set of challenges coming.
         
        01-07-2011, 09:15 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Thanks for the quick replies!

    I hadnt thought of lungeing her before hand, how long should I do itfor or just until she settles?

    And for about 3 weeks ago she has been stabled at night(she used be out all day) so she has been having an extra feed since then!
         
        01-07-2011, 10:39 PM
      #6
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    I guess if you lunge her you will see a change in her demeanor when she has burned off some steam and is feeling looser.

    Does she get grain at night, or more hay?

    To be honest, I am not well educated in the feeding of horses. I don't really know why horses are given grain at all. Our horses, for the most part, don't get any grain at all and they do just fine. Why must they have grain? Other than vitamins in the case of hay that is lacking in certain micro nutrients?
         
        01-08-2011, 06:54 PM
      #7
    Foal
    The thing about lunging, though, is that it doesn't address the problem, just wears the horse out so it appears calmer when you mount up. But as time goes by, your horse will get fitter and fitter and be albe to lunge longer and longer before she gets tired enough to "behave" when you mount...

    An exercise that I would do is to try, for several weeks, mounting from a mounting block: when you get your horse lined up and you are ready to get on, lean over and place your hands on either end of the saddle and push back and forth, like you are trying to push your horse over. This causes your horse to reposition his legs in a more stable position so you can't knock him off balance. After you do this, then mount, and IMMEDIATELY just relax and do nothing. You may have to pick up the reins and stop her a few times, but it will get easier and she will eventually stand quietly while you mount and not move until you tell her to. From there move on to trying to "push her over" before you put your foot in the stirrup when you are on the ground. When you push yourself up in the stirrup, pause and "stand" there for a few moments before you swing your leg over and sit in the saddle. Again, make sure you sit quietly for a few moments before you go. In no time at all she should be standing still while you mount and waiting for your cue before moving off.
         

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