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    05-21-2009, 10:34 PM
  #11
Weanling
The lunging before mounting needs to be done in a way that encourages the horse to relax his muscles, not just warm them up. Which means no trotting until the walk is completely relaxed. No cantering until the trot is relaxed and free. Otherwise, you are allowing this cold backed horse to practice going around with tight, restricting muscles. Instead, have him practice going soft and quiet. Transitions help relax. A trillion of them.
Another good thing to do is stand beside him, and grab the front of the saddle and gently push the saddle away from you. Keep pushing until he stabilizes his feet. Then pull the saddle towards you. Keep pulling until he stabilizes. Push and pull slowly and without being abrupt. Do that until you can push and pull the saddle with him only rocking his weight back and forth and not moving his feet.
Make sure you are using a mounting block, or a fence, or something. If your horse rears, then you need to abort mounting and quietly ask him forward. Take him for a walk. Return back to the mounting block. Quiet repetition will help.
Maybe mount her in a totally different area than she's used to.
Break it down into small steps. If she reacts to any of those small steps, don't even think of continuing on. Make sure she stands quietly for each step.
It really isn't just about warming her up and hopping on. To really help this horse you have to take your time and respect the fact that humans have given her an unpleasant mounting experience and its your job to correctly and sympathetically fix it. (Not saying you caused this problem)
When you're riding, same concepts apply. Don't trot until her walk is relaxed and smooth. Don't canter until her trot is relaxed and smooth. No reason for her to practice being tight and un relaxed when there are ways to make the whole ride a happy environment.
Sorry so long. Heh heh
     
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    05-21-2009, 10:36 PM
  #12
Trained
Great post Koomy!
     
    05-21-2009, 10:37 PM
  #13
Trained
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She may in fact have a cold back. My boy has a cold back and if not warmed up just right will rear. Took a bit to figure him out. Most cold backed horses are not trying to actually get you off but their back is stiff and needs warming or exercising first....then they are good to go.
WOW! Who-da thunk?? I never would of ever thought of that, but very educational!
     
    05-22-2009, 04:14 AM
  #14
Foal
Thanks very much for all the suggestions, Very helpful indeed!!!
I am going to see her today so I will take all advice given and see how it goes.
I have never lunged a horse before, what does it exactly entail?
Everytime that I put her near the mountain blocks she rears and trys to run and her being a 16.4 and very strong horse its hard to hold her.
I think that im just going to show her that letting me mount her isnt a bad thing and try to build try to gain some trust from her..its hard to know exactly whats causing her to act like this because she's had previous owners ..it makes me really sad to know she dosent trust any human and I wonder if i'll ever build a strong bond with her.
     
    05-22-2009, 09:24 AM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by greta92    
Thanks very much for all the suggestions, Very helpful indeed!!!
I am going to see her today so I will take all advice given and see how it goes.
I have never lunged a horse before, what does it exactly entail?
Everytime that I put her near the mountain blocks she rears and trys to run and her being a 16.4 and very strong horse its hard to hold her.
I think that im just going to show her that letting me mount her isnt a bad thing and try to build try to gain some trust from her..its hard to know exactly whats causing her to act like this because she's had previous owners ..it makes me really sad to know she dosent trust any human and I wonder if i'll ever build a strong bond with her.
These things take time. My horse was a slaughterbound neglected tb who had been ear twitched and def smacked in the face. She was shipped with a person whos been arrested numorous times for putting horses in cattle trailers(not suitable for horses). And having dead horses on his rig. It took her time to absolutely trust me. But trust it was worth it.
     
    05-22-2009, 11:16 AM
  #16
Showing
Lunging is where you put the horse on a 25' rope (called a lunge line) and stand in place while the horse moves in a circle around you; if you haven't done it before I do suggest having someone who has teach you - it's a fine art, I'll tell you that much!!

Koomy, thank you for filling in the blanks, excellent post.
     
    05-22-2009, 02:23 PM
  #17
Foal
Update.
Hello, went to ride her today,
As I went into the school and was extremely tense and I could feel her ready to rear...so I walked her on foot around the school several times in different directions and she relaxed so much,,just by talking to her and showing her that I wasnt going to hurt her she relaxed as we walked around together. Whilst leading her around I got her stop by using my voice and she became very familiar with it by the end of the lesson. I then went to mount her and she started wandering and pulling away from me, so I was firm with her and told her 'no' and to stand..even though it took several attempts she did not rear once!! And so calm.
I am so happy that she is becoming happy even though its jsut one day I feel I have accomplished soo much with her..and I know she is more than caple of being a well behaved horse
Just got to keep working with her everyday & let her know im here for her.
     
    05-22-2009, 03:20 PM
  #18
Banned
Quote:
Originally Posted by greta92    
Update.
Hello, went to ride her today,
As I went into the school and was extremely tense and I could feel her ready to rear...so I walked her on foot around the school several times in different directions and she relaxed so much,,just by talking to her and showing her that I wasnt going to hurt her she relaxed as we walked around together. Whilst leading her around I got her stop by using my voice and she became very familiar with it by the end of the lesson. I then went to mount her and she started wandering and pulling away from me, so I was firm with her and told her 'no' and to stand..even though it took several attempts she did not rear once!! And so calm.
I am so happy that she is becoming happy even though its jsut one day I feel I have accomplished soo much with her..and I know she is more than caple of being a well behaved horse
Just got to keep working with her everyday & let her know im here for her.
Well this is the answer whether she has a cold back or just scared.

The walking under saddle loosens the back muscles before you mount and the walking and talking relaxes the mind before you mount...so whatever is actually wrong it is the way to go.
     
    05-22-2009, 03:27 PM
  #19
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by greta92    
Update.
Hello, went to ride her today,
As I went into the school and was extremely tense and I could feel her ready to rear...so I walked her on foot around the school several times in different directions and she relaxed so much,,just by talking to her and showing her that I wasnt going to hurt her she relaxed as we walked around together. Whilst leading her around I got her stop by using my voice and she became very familiar with it by the end of the lesson. I then went to mount her and she started wandering and pulling away from me, so I was firm with her and told her 'no' and to stand..even though it took several attempts she did not rear once!! And so calm.
I am so happy that she is becoming happy even though its jsut one day I feel I have accomplished soo much with her..and I know she is more than caple of being a well behaved horse
Just got to keep working with her everyday & let her know im here for her.
Great! I'm so happy for you!
     
    05-22-2009, 04:34 PM
  #20
Showing
The walking could have loosened up her back and warmed it up, so I would suggest if it worked this once, try doing it again :)
     

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