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post #1 of 16 Old 12-23-2010, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question Outside Riding Problem

So, recently I have been having some trouble with my mare Charm outside when riding. For the most part in her beginning training I rode her in the indoor arena a lot but I try to get outside to ride in our arena at least once a week.

The problem is is that when i ask for a trot or canter she wants to run off. I never let her by making her work small circles or doing a one rein stop and asking again for a slower more controlled gait. Is this wrong?

I think she is doing this because she isn't used to being worked outside and her friends are always right next to the arena in the pasture. She also tends to try drifting over to trail. Because our trail begins right next to the arena and they are not closed off from each other. today she stopped and reared and tried turning around on to the trail but I yelled at her and made her trot away.
At least I know she loves trail riding!

I do push her back in line though when she drifts and i was thinking that maybe if I made her work harder right next to the trail like if she was gate sour? then she wouldn't want to drift over there. Would that work?

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-23-2010, 07:55 PM
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That's what I was thinking.
Can you free lunge her in the outdoor arena before riding?
If you make her work harder where she wants to be, be sure to make being where she DOESN't want to be a really nice place to be.
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Yah thats what I think Ill start emphasizing on at the moment because otherwise i won't be able to get much done.

I want to start riding outside more because our indoor arena is super small and I can barely canter in there.

I will start making outside seem like the nice place to be at the moment and the indoor the place she has to work hard.

And I can't free lunge in the outdoor because it isn't fully enclosed. But I can maybe lunge her in there before riding her in there to get her used to it. Maybe Ill start doing that.

Like today after she got done rearing and I got her moving her feet again I made her trot nicely a few strides first then I took her inside and lunged her at the canter and trot then rode her at all gaits in there as well.

I just want to see if there is anything else I should do and if Im handling these problems o.k.

thanks tinyliny!

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I've always had more trouble riding near where "the buddies" are than anywhere else. She has to learn to pay attention to you, and in the arena there aren't as many distractions as there are outside. Outside, she's wanting to be with her friends and she is not paying attention to you and is trying to evade. You might also plan to work her hard outside, too, in the places where she 'wants to go.' Eventually she will learn that when she's paying attention, she gets to have her nice quiet trail ride.
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-24-2010, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Very good point.

So to gain her attention I should probably try more circles, side passing, and more challenging exercises outside.

Hmmm.... both very good ways. Now to see which one would be better for her.

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I think you're doing the right thing by circleing her when she trys to run off. & i agree with making her work harder in the outside arena so she doesnt think its just a place for her to mess around. try doing more challenging things with her to keep her attention, stuff that she has to really concentrate on to get it right. if you can keep her focused she will be more willing to listen to you
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Usually outdoors there are also natural things you can use as obstacles that work well to keep her focused - corners or long sides of buildings (side passes or turns on forehand), trees (circles, backing around tree, turns, figure eights), alleys or driveways (shoulder in, side passing across alleyway, straight lines). This will keep her from moving on down the driveway on autopilot! You get the idea!
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Usually outdoors there are also natural things you can use as obstacles that work well to keep her focused - corners or long sides of buildings (side passes or turns on forehand), trees (circles, backing around tree, turns, figure eights), alleys or driveways (shoulder in, side passing across alleyway, straight lines). This will keep her from moving on down the driveway on autopilot! You get the idea!
love these ideas. never really thought about doing anything like that outdoors, i might have to try some of those with charlie when we go hacking
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post #9 of 16 Old 12-26-2010, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Usually outdoors there are also natural things you can use as obstacles that work well to keep her focused - corners or long sides of buildings (side passes or turns on forehand), trees (circles, backing around tree, turns, figure eights), alleys or driveways (shoulder in, side passing across alleyway, straight lines). This will keep her from moving on down the driveway on autopilot! You get the idea!

Yes, I too love these ideas! One thing I do, do with a lot of the green horses is play around in between tree like you are saying. Living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin offers you plenty of trees too!

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I'm glad you like the ideas! They have worked well for me. They help keep their minds sharp and thinking, and they pay attention better. I have one young gelding that gets really sour in arena work -- and I used this in the arena. I found that if I throw in some obstacle type things like picking up a saddle blanket from one rail and carrying it across the arena to another rail, he's much better at the arena exercises/training. By mixing up obstacle type work with arena work, he never knows when he will get to do something "useful" like carry that saddle blanket across the arena, and it keeps his attitude 100% better.
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