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post #1 of 3 Old 10-10-2007, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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she is settleing down

well in my first post i was asking questions on different ways to work with my horse and some concerns i had. here is an update as of yesterday. i have finally had the chance to get a saddle on her, she dodint try to kick or buck while putting it on or after. she was real calm the ole time. once the saddle was on i walked her around for about 20 minutes, then i just laid over the saddle and let her walk around, smooth it was, untill i went to pull the riens then it was a bit scary. the next day i saddled her and got on for the first real ride, no bit this time, she turned great both directions, stopped, but had trouble taking off. so yesterday i saddled her again and rode her about 20 minutes, the only problem i have is getting her to take off. she wants to hold up for a few minutes. i gave her a little kick in the ribs and she turned her head to bite me. i tapped her on the nose to correct her for that and did it again this time she started walking forward. what do you do to get them going? im in mind that it isnt the horse, it is the rider at this stage. there is no one around to elp me, so any help will be appreciated. i sat my 9 yo daughter on her and lead her around, she loves the horse and the horse seems to respond to her better than she does me. she is so gentle with the little ones. they wont be riding her alone for a few years, i know some are concerned about that here. i would never put them on her and let go for anything. thanks, brian
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-10-2007, 09:29 AM
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I teach them voice commands on the lunge or when free lunging. Then use the same commands accompanied by the ridden aids until they understand and I can slowly wean them off voice. Constantly talk to the young ones under saddle anyway, they do better.

That's pretty simplified...but that's why people write books on training:P
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-11-2007, 03:27 PM
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also have you long reined her with bit on this always helps them adapt to the bit i agree with sara voice commands are a great way to educate all horses of any age i teach it to all my horses
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