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post #1 of 5 Old 03-19-2013, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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"Re-training" My gelding

Ok, so I couldn't think of a better way to put it than "re-Train" my gelding is quite a sound mount, he's just gotten extreamly hyper all of a sudden, I've chalked it up to his different feed 50/50 grass alfalfa and "spring fever" He does get hyper and excitable in the spring aaaaand he's also a barrel horse so that adds to the chaos haha. But he's normally a down to earth horse that i can put anyone on, now I wouldn't say I'm afraid to put anyone on him, he just has a lot of power. Point is, even when i work him on the ground he's super sensitive to what I or anyone else does around him. He's also an easy sweater, i'd like to put him in the round pen and lunge him (Not blindly run him around in circles) to get his head in the right place but he just doesn't seem to be paying attention to anything anymore, all he is thinking is "RUN" and i do admit I'm a part of the problem, because of barrels and also my friends and I like to race my question is, how do i get his attention focused on listening rather than just "run run run!"
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Walk. Trot. Walk. Walk. Trot fast. Trot slow. Walk. Stop and stand until your brains fall out from boredom. Walk. Trot. Walk.

Any combination of the above as long as you start and stop with walk. Hours of it.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-19-2013, 11:26 PM
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Transitions, figures, periods of halt. Obstacles.

A mixture of all of the above, will have him more focused on you.

-Signed by a hyperactive horse owner
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-20-2013, 07:50 PM
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Firstly, especially as you say he's generally nervy & you notice a difference with feed/spring, do carefully consider his diet & nutrition, particularly magnesium. I'd reconsider the alfalfa, especially if he doesn't need to put on any condition, for something lower in calcium & protein - straight grass hay for eg. Google 'magnesium for horses' to learn more about why supping Mg may be a good move.

When you talk about him being 'super sensitive' it sounds like he may be reacting, rather than responding to anything people do. I'd be doing lots of desensitising work with him, to teach him that he doesn't have to jump every time anyone raises a finger.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-20-2013, 11:47 PM
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MAKE him listen. I just bought a new horse and I had to state my dominance. He was a submissive horse, but I put him on a lead rope and we would walk soooo slowly or quickly and do random stops. I'm the boss, I'm the leader. Then we worked on lunging. Make him change directions a lot, as soon as you ask. Lead him around again on a lunge line. As soon as he doesn't listen (looks outside, neighs to a friend, walks away, etc.), make his feet move. I backed my horse up, make him spin, just don't move forward. He will listen after that. Also, instead of free lunging, put him on a line.
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