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        02-19-2013, 12:01 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Thunderspark    
    You handled the situation great!! My mare used to bolt when I first got her, I rode her with a rope halter for the first 3yrs. And since with a bitless bridle. She was 3yrs. When I got her and had 30 days of riding on her. I did alot of ground work with her, rode her in the round pen working on making sure I got my whoa and desensitizing. When I felt comfortable enough to take her out I would just have to talk to her to settle her down, she has never bolted on me in almost 8yrs. Now!
    wow that's wonderful! We do tons of arena work she is my best trained horse, we also do a lot of bridless riding in the arena and use only leg signals which she does great with but we arent up to the canter. I have used a hackamore on her and it made her angry and she got very hard to handle and would fling her head around, guess it was uncomfortable. So we use a snaffle which she is great in. The first 2 years I had her we did bareback I broke her bareback also, I didnt have a saddle that fit her at the time. It seems as she got older she got more spooky because I never had a problem when she was little. A bit more arena work would probably help also but I just love the trail lol.
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        02-19-2013, 12:27 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I havent ever really had to deal with a chronic bolter. My mare (thats scared of EVERYTHING) is a "oh no, oh no, oh no, its going to get me, let side step, no spin, no buck, no rear, now lets bolt" meanwhile I already have her turning tight circles and her rearend is trying to go 30 miles an hour while her front end is planted. I've got a lot of work with her to do. She's the type that will stand their and shake from head to toe and it takes an act of congress to get her attention back on you. Circles and one rein stops work great with her but as soon as she comes out of it she does the same thing and then I have to go back into circles. Sometimes it takes about ten times before I can get moving forward again but she's got to learn to stay calm. She's been doing better to where if I turn her into a circle she instantly calms down but I may have to ask her several times before she will come down going straight ahead.
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        02-19-2013, 12:50 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
    I havent ever really had to deal with a chronic bolter. My mare (thats scared of EVERYTHING) is a "oh no, oh no, oh no, its going to get me, let side step, no spin, no buck, no rear, now lets bolt" meanwhile I already have her turning tight circles and her rearend is trying to go 30 miles an hour while her front end is planted. I've got a lot of work with her to do. She's the type that will stand their and shake from head to toe and it takes an act of congress to get her attention back on you. Circles and one rein stops work great with her but as soon as she comes out of it she does the same thing and then I have to go back into circles. Sometimes it takes about ten times before I can get moving forward again but she's got to learn to stay calm. She's been doing better to where if I turn her into a circle she instantly calms down but I may have to ask her several times before she will come down going straight ahead.
    that's sort of how my horse is, she doesnt shake but when she sees something scary its hard to get her focused on other things, it usually takes a few spins and one reined stops and sometimes a few figure 8s before she is calm and focused on me. Most of the time she stops dead in her tracks and if I don't get her focused on something else she spins and takes off. Although she has only bolted once this year. I find that the harder I ride her the less it happens. An everyday ride that works her hard seems to take the spookyness down quite a bit.
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        02-19-2013, 12:56 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    My mare is gaited and seems to more confident in her gait than a walk. She can gait at 2 mph or 20 mph whatever you ask but for some reason when she is in her gait she is much much calmer. I ONLY gait along side roads because she keeps a better mindset. Here lately she has been responding very well to leg pressure and this has helped out SOOO much because I can push her in one direction with my leg and keep her head tilted the other direction so she can still see what she is spooking at but she is still moving forward.
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        02-19-2013, 01:03 PM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
    My mare is gaited and seems to more confident in her gait than a walk. She can gait at 2 mph or 20 mph whatever you ask but for some reason when she is in her gait she is much much calmer. I ONLY gait along side roads because she keeps a better mindset. Here lately she has been responding very well to leg pressure and this has helped out SOOO much because I can push her in one direction with my leg and keep her head tilted the other direction so she can still see what she is spooking at but she is still moving forward.
    that's niceyour horse is probably way more comfortable then mone lol! My horse seems calmer at a walk, when I trot she is a little spookier but I work her more at a trot and she is a very eary keeper and hard to keep weight off of. Mine is great with leg pressure to the point where I can ride her bridless but only in the arena, she doesnt do it as well on the trail but iv been working on it.
         
        02-19-2013, 01:07 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    I have found with all our gaited especially our mares that they are more confident in a gait. I don't know why or the reasoning behind it but it does help them. With my first horse (long time ago) when I was first training her I pushed her threw everything at a working trot. I pushed and pushed her till I got her passing anything an everything at a blink of an eye. At 3yo she was bombproof. Nothing, absolutely nothing made any difference. If you pointed her head that was it she was going no if ands or buts.
         
        02-19-2013, 01:18 PM
      #17
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Animallover707    
    wow that's wonderful! We do tons of arena work she is my best trained horse, we also do a lot of bridless riding in the arena and use only leg signals which she does great with but we arent up to the canter. I have used a hackamore on her and it made her angry and she got very hard to handle and would fling her head around, guess it was uncomfortable. So we use a snaffle which she is great in. The first 2 years I had her we did bareback I broke her bareback also, I didnt have a saddle that fit her at the time. It seems as she got older she got more spooky because I never had a problem when she was little. A bit more arena work would probably help also but I just love the trail lol.
    Last fall I was out on a trail ride with about 20 other riders, we were in the middle and a lady was behind me I knew, she talks alot LOL so she's yaking away at me and all of a sudden I hear a commotion behind me.....I turn and look and her face is about 2 feet from mine and I can't see her horse!! He had tripped and his head/neck went between Spice's hind legs LOL Spice gave a little jump ahead (probably thinking why is he under me) and got close enough that the one ahead of me doubled barreled her in the head! She spun not knowing where to go and I slid slowly off her side LOL ended up with a bruise the size of a football on the inside of my leg....must have tightened my legs to stay on!! Thank gawd she didn't panic!!
         
        02-19-2013, 01:21 PM
      #18
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Thunderspark    
    Last fall I was out on a trail ride with about 20 other riders, we were in the middle and a lady was behind me I knew, she talks alot LOL so she's yaking away at me and all of a sudden I hear a commotion behind me.....I turn and look and her face is about 2 feet from mine and I can't see her horse!! He had tripped and his head/neck went between Spice's hind legs LOL Spice gave a little jump ahead (probably thinking why is he under me) and got close enough that the one ahead of me doubled barreled her in the head! She spun not knowing where to go and I slid slowly off her side LOL ended up with a bruise the size of a football on the inside of my leg....must have tightened my legs to stay on!! Thank gawd she didn't panic!!
    OMG! I wish I could ride with other people but starlight hates other horses, a horse I rescued a few years back would randomly run up and attack her. Once I was riding starlight and the other horse ran up and knocked her over on top of me, that rescue was the only one iv ever had to put down, she attacked everyone even little kidsand was extremely unredictale, two teenage boys tried to break her and just beat her to the point of her hating everyone and everything.
         
        02-19-2013, 03:03 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Thank goodess it ended positvely! We had a similar incident sunday. We have a jumpy horse and he bolts on a good day the second is a follower. So one startled the other and they both were off. Unfortunately they were out of the pen and we spent 30 minutes roundng them up.Is there a way to train them not to or is that also a trust issue. My daughter is more fearless than I and I am afraid to take them on the trails out of a contained area!!!
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        02-19-2013, 04:20 PM
      #20
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Goulaisgurl    
    Thank goodess it ended positvely! We had a similar incident sunday. We have a jumpy horse and he bolts on a good day the second is a follower. So one startled the other and they both were off. Unfortunately they were out of the pen and we spent 30 minutes roundng them up.Is there a way to train them not to or is that also a trust issue. My daughter is more fearless than I and I am afraid to take them on the trails out of a contained area!!!
    Sounds like they need more ground work and sacking out and getting used to new objects, I like to sack my horses out with table cloths and plastic bags and such, also I tir a bag of tin cans to the saddle and lunge them(Only after they are used to being around it and me shaking it and such)
         

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