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post #11 of 31 Old 04-11-2009, 10:50 PM
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oh and thanks I think she is really good :) I am glad I found her and not some crazy instructor lol
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post #12 of 31 Old 04-11-2009, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, she rides like 5-6 horses a day. I don't really know if she is my style either. She's a bit too handsy :( She's a great lady though.
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post #13 of 31 Old 04-11-2009, 10:59 PM
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lol now that we have gotten completely off subject...handsy?
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post #14 of 31 Old 04-11-2009, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Haha yeah. I tend to drag threads off subject lol
She rides mostly western pleasure horses on the AQHA circuit. And she likes to fiddle with their heads to get them lower which is my only problem with her training. I don't like to do it, but I find myself doing it occasionally now that I have been getting lessons from her. I pick up bad habits.
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post #15 of 31 Old 04-11-2009, 11:08 PM
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lol I see you have a devious mind....just curious how does she "fiddle" ?
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post #16 of 31 Old 04-11-2009, 11:23 PM
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Sounds like he's pulling a Jay-type-thing.. (LucilleBob on youtube's horse ; ) ) He used to rear like crazy and then stopped and she had him jumping 4 ft & perfectly trained a for a long time and now he rears again.
Go back to the basics for a while and get a strong bond.. That's all I can think of. I'll cross my fingers for you =]
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post #17 of 31 Old 04-11-2009, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I have been working on basics for awhile. Bending, everything...actually that's all I'm really asking for. He's just not paying attention to me and gets quick. It's annoying. I've tried to do more bonding like going for walks and brushing...I'm not really sure when enough is enough though

She fiddles by putting contact on the reins, and then when he drops his head, he releases
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post #18 of 31 Old 04-11-2009, 11:38 PM
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Ride the horse you have, not the horse you want. When he's going nicely, ride him nicely. When he starts his bs, don't argue with him but instead think of something quiet and easy and simple to do. When the going gets tough don't make it tougher by demanding more. Demand less. Expect less when he is in that state of mind. Be clear, simple, and listen for the smallest of effort on his part to do what you are asking.
Just relieve the pressure a little, and see how he responds.
You said when he flips the switch you get busy and do all these things to get him back with you. Why not try and do something more simple, as I said above, or doing nothing at all? Stand quietly there with him until you feel he is ready to relax and let go of his defenses.
Sometimes less is more.

In riding, a horse's energy is like a river- guided by the banks but not stopped by them.
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post #19 of 31 Old 04-11-2009, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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I do work on that koomy. And sometimes it works. A lot of it is my fault because I get so frustrated because he's not normally like this. I get frustrated so he gets frustrated. I think I will maybe give him a few days off, then go back and try what you said Koomy. Do you have any idea what sparks this kind of behavior? He's normally not the type of horse to "test" a rider more than once or twice
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Has anyone ever gone through this?

Yup...happens. My well trained FEI horse that could do halt to canter suddenly "forgot" how to do trot to canter and his circles were terrible. I did what was already suggested. I worked on the simplest things and praised him for the slightest effort....much like what you would do for a newly broke horse. Even though I had a competition comming up in a month I worked on the simplest and easy things that were not even anywhere near what he would be asked for at the upcoming show. I did that right up to 2 days before the show.

This is what you need to do. Hold your anger and frustration and work with what you have.

BTW...my guy won his class.
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