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post #1 of 10 Old 07-22-2012, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Really clumsy with her feet?

I've been trying to train my haflinger mare to walk and trot over ground poles, but no matter how she walks over them, how far apart they are(or if your only asking her to walk over one), or what she hits them every time, she doesn't lift her feet high enough and is really clumsy of were she places them. How can I get her to stop hitting them? I'm not even asking her to jump, just walk over a pole on the ground. Any ideas?


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post #2 of 10 Old 07-22-2012, 01:07 AM
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raise them a bit higher so she HAS to lift up and over.
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She just plows them off the buckets/jump cups/etc and knocks the poles down. She literally plows through them and doesn't walk over them.


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Are they heavy enough to hurt when she knocks into them?
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Walk her over uneven stuff she cannot plow through. Use all kinds of big rocks, branches, old boxes filled with dirt, whatever you can find. You need her to start paying attention to where she is stepping.
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All4crystal is right. Use huge logs, ditches and such that she has to learn that she has options other than plowing through. From her standpoint, she's learning that the stuff you put up is easy to go thru so why bother and you don't really want her thinking that. So, get creative, but make it bigger and heavier. If she plows thru, she's just saying that you didn't make it hard enough. Go higher too. Pretty much any horse can jump 2'6" - 3' without any trouble other than learning to pick their feet up nicely. And byw - at least 10 times in each direction so she has time to learn how to do it nicely. I don't mean without stopping, because I like a horse to learn to stand nicely on the other side. But, give it 10 times before you switch directions if you can.
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The best way to train a horse to have lazy feet is to use pvc pipe.
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I cannot begin to count the number of times that I have been asked to train a horse to pick up its feet over poles. With the biggest majority of them they are just lazy.

I take them out cross country and put them over solid fences. Let them hit their legs (without boots) a few times and they soon learn respect for the poles.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-22-2012, 11:22 PM
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As mentioned, using nature is probably your best bet.
I watched a mare being rode that was the same way, and once she hit that lope she ended up flipping over and almost landing on her rider. Being lazy and clumsy isn't always just annoying, but dangerous.
I'd take her for walks (with you on the ground) until she can pick her feet up, for your sake.

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Don't forget, a halflinger is also a small draft, as such, depending on her age, she may be more "clumsy" with her feet... Drafts/draft ponies tend to be clumsy and forget about their feet until their about 6 and are done growing... I don't know how old she is, but if she's young, then it might take her awhile to figure it out... I have a 2 year old Belgian who forgets about how big his feet are all time... It's a process.
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