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post #11 of 17 Old 12-14-2009, 11:48 AM
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As far as how you handled it, I think you did it well. Sounds like you may be giving her a bit too much than she can handle at this point. I would ask her for simpler movements and once she gets them right, pat her and be done with it. Sounds like the rearing is from stress -- It's her form of attempting to escape. Make her keep working so that a rear does not equal the end of the ride, but don't make it difficult. Just keep her feet moving...maybe nice big serpentines. I'd throw in some trail rides and just let her equate relaxing with riding as well.
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Try working for less time on movements and try to ride her more. Work for 5 minutes on turns or backing then ride somewhere for half an hour then work onit for 5 more minutes. I try to keep training sessions short and find a job for the horse to do. When she does rear drive her forward and don't just spin her in circles.

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post #13 of 17 Old 12-14-2009, 03:42 PM
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I agree with Kevin. We normally only do something that really makes one think for 5-10 minutes at the beginning and end of the ride. In between that we do something like walk or trotting the poles/barrels, trail riding, or just big cirles/serpentines to relax and move out. If you make her think too much she will get frustrated, especially if she isn't used to having to do it very much. As she gets better work her for a little longer on schooling stuff, but try to make it interesting for her.
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post #14 of 17 Old 12-14-2009, 07:54 PM
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I agree with Kevin. We normally only do something that really makes one think for 5-10 minutes at the beginning and end of the ride. In between that we do something like walk or trotting the poles/barrels, trail riding, or just big cirles/serpentines to relax and move out. If you make her think too much she will get frustrated, especially if she isn't used to having to do it very much. As she gets better work her for a little longer on schooling stuff, but try to make it interesting for her.
I agree, too. Even a 5 yr old only has a certain attention span for schooling, and drilling beyond that is pretty pointless. Also, some horses just get absolutely bored with repetative arena work.

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I think how you handled the situation was fine; you got her to move her feet...

To deal with it in the future, I would just keep a strong feel of her, and 'back off' of whatever you are doing, before she gets too flustered. Go back to something easy, and then come back to whatever you are doing, when she is relaxed and calm once more.

That she did this "I'm done" rearing routine before (and it worked), means you need to ensure you don't push her to her limits when you do get on; keep sessions short and sweet so that she doesn't get the chance to rear. Eventually you will find that you can work her longer and longer without the fear of her blowing up.

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post #16 of 17 Old 12-14-2009, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Dolly the 5 year old mare in the rearing case. Only had her 24 hours when the photo was taken November 16th. She has since put on weight (100lbs or so!) and received a new turnout blanket along with a hoof trimming!
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She's a looker, that's for sure!! Good luck with her

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