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    04-11-2009, 09:19 PM
Not Fun Anymore

So Diesel was doing great for awhile. He was going nice and round, responsive, willing, soft, etc. All of the sudden he is doing that "I'm a green 2 year old!" stuff he was doing a few months ago. He becomes hard mouthed, stubborn, fast, and just acts like he has never been ridden before in his life. So I have done groundwork with him then moved back into the saddle doing flexing, transitions, circles and serpentines...everything I could think of to get him thinking of me again. I'm not seeing any improvement.

At this point, I dread going out to the barn. We both end up frustrated and it's not fun like it used to be anymore. Has anyone ever gone through this? I want to send him off to a trainer, but since I am moving next month, I don't really have any money saved. I don't mind training horses, I just don't understand what is going on with him and though I love horses, I just get too frustrated when he starts pulling this stuff. He has passed a vet check, UTD on everything, teeth are fine, saddle is fine, etc.

I just don't know what to do.
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    04-11-2009, 11:08 PM
That stinks :( I know how you feel...I think we have taken 3 steps forward and then the next time we go back to ground zero....and I found that doing things totally differrent from what I was doing really helped and at one point I backed off completely because we were both getting so frustrated and I gave her a week off I didn't even groundwork her(I went by everyday to groom her and take her out for some grass) and she had a much better mindset when we went back to work (not sure how that would work for other horses though ) other people probably have better ideas and more experience with this though..I wish you the best of luck!
    04-11-2009, 11:10 PM
Ive been working on making sure that we don't just do the same thing all the time...I take him out for walks and sometimes we will do trail patterns, dressage, whatever. I don't know what it is I am doing wrong. It's just so incredibly frustrating...I suck lol
    04-11-2009, 11:23 PM
You don't suck! You are doing everything I have ever head any good instructor tell someone working with a horse to do! Everybody goes through rough patches (I don't know how long yours has been going on) I am also going through one not the same type as yours but frustrating nevertheless ....I think that whoever is riding a horse and it has no issues whatsoever should come and tell us the secret of it lol but I think what you are doing is might try and look for other different exercises but I think you have them pretty much covered or if you haven't tried a break you might want to give him a rest for a little bit (not sure how sound that piece of advice is ) but as I said before it worked for me (also at my barn when the lesson horses are kinda acting like yours is my instructor gives them a couple of weeks off but that is for lesson horse and not sure how well that would work for a horse that is still in training) anyways hope you find something works for you ^.^
    04-11-2009, 11:26 PM
Well I am moving this next month, so he will probably get a break then while I search for a new barn. Hopefully he comes back being Diesel not dorkface lol. He's been doing this on and off for the past year or so. Before that, he was great. I don't really know what changed
    04-11-2009, 11:30 PM
Hopefully! How old is he? Huh I hope you will be able to figure out what caused that...maybe someone else will have some good ideas. Tell us how it works out!
    04-11-2009, 11:35 PM
He just turned 11.
I think I really need to have someone else get up on him and give me a fresh honest opinion and just see things from a different perspective.
    04-11-2009, 11:40 PM
Heh my girl just turned 12 and she is still a nut lol...thats a really good idea! I just had my instructor get on Lucy and she gave me some really good pointers and things I needed to work with and she noticed what I HADN'T been working with (oops :p)
    04-11-2009, 11:43 PM
My instructor is too nice. It sounds weird, but she lets things slide and I HATE it. If my heels are wrong, TELL ME. Don't just tell me I "look pretty" *rant*
I've had her ride him a few times, but I think she just has so many horses on her plate right now that I don't really think either of us would benefit by adding another.
There is a girl who is a pretty good rider that I am going to see if I can ask to hop up on him and see if she notices anything. I just have to get a hold of her.
In the meantime, I'm saving up for 90 days training.

Your instructor sounds like a smart lady :)
    04-11-2009, 11:49 PM
Lol mine can be a little to nice too but she is very honest (heels are one of my issues to lol) to bad about her being to busy but I remember when I tried working with just 2 horses and I felt overwhelmed O.O I don't how the people who work with multiple horses do it! Good luck getting ahold of her!

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