Retraining an Arab to trot

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Retraining an Arab to trot

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    06-18-2010, 09:06 AM
Retraining an Arab to trot

My new trail horse is a wonderful boy and is really willing to work once he understands but someone has done a real head game on him.

Poor boy who has a lovely natural trot, throws his head way up and back to aviod the bit and then does a choppy half trot. Its obvious he was never allowed to GO! And was caught in the mouth A LOT!

So last night he started relearning how to trot freely under saddle. I could not maintain contact so I didn't even try. I just let him pick his speed and go. He loved it, especially when I turned him to trot back. His head was still high but it did come down a bit towards the end. Then came the hill and boy did he go - lol!

Less than 2 weeks ago he was unrideable now I can hack him around the property alone or with others. He is way less reactive and I wouldn't even call him a HOT horse as arabs go.

Trust is coming and I have all the time in the world, no rush, no deadlines.

But I would love to hear any ideas on helping my boy overcome his fears. My gut says just time and long slow rides with lots of trotting thrown in and everything will come together in time.
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    06-18-2010, 11:01 AM
Originally Posted by Bakkir    
My gut says just time and long slow rides with lots of trotting thrown in and everything will come together in time.
Your gut is correct. Lots of time, patience, and long rides where he can figure things out for himself.

Arabians are smart, and while they'll never forget bad handling, they have an amazing capacity to recover and trust if given the chance and gentle encouragement.
    06-18-2010, 01:08 PM
Thanks speed racer. I am still new to the breed but love them.
    06-18-2010, 01:16 PM
Arabians are truly an amazing breed, as you're finding out.

I can find something good about all breeds, but Arabians just have something special. TBs have it too, which isn't surprising, since they're bred similarly to Arabians.

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