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post #1 of 9 Old 08-09-2011, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Question Ring sour 4 year old

Hi we have a lovely 4 year old mare who is great she loves trail ridding and is very sweet but when ever we ride her in the arena she gets mad. She is stubborn unresponsive and pins her ears when you ask her to move out. She does but with a bad attitude. She never does this on the trail so I don't think it's a physical problem. We try to keep the ride interesting to help her but it doesn't seem to help. Also, she is mostly ridden on the trails. What do you think we should do to help her get over this?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-09-2011, 08:38 PM
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On the trail does your horse lead or follow? In the arena are you riding alone or with other horses?
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I would be more able to understand the problem and offer help if I knew a little more about its origin.

Has she been ridden a lot in the arena earlier in her training? It would help to know the 'why' and the 'when' of how she became arena sour.

To prevent this, we do most of our training out of an arena and finish rides in an arena when the horse is behaving very well. Then, we rest for a good while on the farthest point away from the gate, dismount there, loosen the girth and lead the horse out. We NEVER ride a horse to the gate or out of the gate and always make sure the arena is a nice place to rest and be happy and have a ride end.

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On the trail does your horse lead or follow? In the arena are you riding alone or with other horses?
She will lead and follow on the trail. When we ride in the arena we ride with other horses.
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Welcome to the Horse Forum.

I would be more able to understand the problem and offer help if I knew a little more about its origin.

Has she been ridden a lot in the arena earlier in her training? It would help to know the 'why' and the 'when' of how she became arena sour.

To prevent this, we do most of our training out of an arena and finish rides in an arena when the horse is behaving very well. Then, we rest for a good while on the farthest point away from the gate, dismount there, loosen the girth and lead the horse out. We NEVER ride a horse to the gate or out of the gate and always make sure the arena is a nice place to rest and be happy and have a ride end.
Please help me with more details.
We did did a good amount of ground work in the arena when she was younger. She has only recently been started but she would also be ponied out when ever we took the other horse out on the trails. Thanks for the pointers on taken her in after trail ridding. I'm not sure exactly when she became arena sour. We were thinking it might be just because she's bored.
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i would suggest setting up some trail class manueveres just to see if you can rule out being bored.when i give my young horses something to do or look at,it keeps thier attention a little longer
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Horses do not get arena sour because they are bored.

They get arena sour because they are drilled in the arena, then ridden out, petted and dismounted. When you think of it that way, where would you rather be?

Serious event trainers prevent arena sour horses that are being shown (where you cannot do what I suggested because the next performer is waiting to go into the area) by riding out of the arena, going back to the warm-up pen and riding the horse even harder than they did in their class. They make sure that the arena is not the place a horse would learn to dread.

I have watched reining trainers (myself included) ride a horse hard for 30 minutes right after coming out of a class just so the arena looks like a better place to be.

The worst thing you can do is ride out of the arena, dismount, unsaddle and put a horse up. You are teaching it to hate an arena and love leaving.
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i agree with cherie on that.when i show my cutters and have to jump on my turnback horse,one of my lopers ride and cool off the horse before unsaddling.and like she said,never stop at a gate or get off by the gate
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Thanks everybody for your quick helpful responses we will defiantly try these suggestions and get back to you with how she does!!
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