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post #11 of 19 Old 07-05-2007, 01:37 PM
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i had the same problem, it just takes time, misty was like when we got her, then after a year or so when she had really settled in, she came out of her shell

i think it is just a trust thing as now if others ride her she goes back to her old ways but she trusts me and behaves impecably!

hope this helped x

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post #12 of 19 Old 07-05-2007, 08:40 PM
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"i think it is just a trust thing "

No not so much a trust thing (but a trust thing is good thing to have with your horse) I was at a trainer friends house today and I got on two horses that I have never seen be for and me and him gun proofed 5 horses after 45 mins. We where using 45 blanks, black powder aka very loud I still have a ringing in my right ear.LOL but by the time we were done they all could be shot off of, I got 2 good ones my first one spooked on my 2nd shot but that was ok I worked him though it, and the next horse was gold, only a little jump.
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post #13 of 19 Old 07-05-2007, 09:01 PM
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Don't know where you live but this would help a lot

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post #14 of 19 Old 07-05-2007, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your responses. The barn owner, where we board him, is away this week so we have been caring for all (9) the horses. My daughter has ridden him for about a half-hour everyday starting Saturday (instead of the usual, 2 days). They seem to be enjoying spending time with each other(she sings to him, it's soooo cute). I'm so glad he is good to her. They look good together too. I'll get a picture soon and post it.
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post #15 of 19 Old 07-05-2007, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Flying B

However, We live in upstate NY. I'll have to watch for a clinic like this, close to home.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-29-2008, 09:46 PM
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I have an arab, and everyone knows their reputation for spookiness. I try to be very consistent with him, everytime he finds something scary, i pull his head away from it so he cant see it, and put my outside leg (leg away from whatever he is spooking at) on to keep him straight, and he must walk past without reacting. I don't care what it is, or what other horse is spooking, he must not react. he is now extremely quiet, and it is rare for him to spook at all.
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post #17 of 19 Old 01-30-2008, 07:02 AM
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With my spooky horses I just try to ignore it. I don't stop and let them look at it, I don't really get on to them. Think of it this way. If a horse changes gaits on their own, you just put them back into the original gait and go on about your business. If the horse turns into the center of the arena on their own, you put them back on the rail. If the horse frequently does the same thing at the same point, then I try to prevent it by using a deeper seat to help maintain the gait and an inside leg and outside rein to keep them on the fence. If you apply the same basic principle to when a horse spooks, it will help tremendously and they will learn that it's not a big deal and go on about their business. I hope this made sense. If not, ask questions and I will try to explain it better tonight.
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-30-2008, 11:46 AM
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My horse spooks at just about everything. He usually does the omg-jump-ten-feet-squeal-oh-it-was-a-leaf routine. Sometimes he'll do the stiffen and run like three steps stop and look thing. When it happens, I just get his attention back on me. I ask him to spin a circle back up, sidestep... anything to get his attention back on me. He still spooks every once and a while but it isn't so bad anymore and when he does he looks at me for something to do.
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-30-2008, 12:17 PM
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Your horse sounds so much like my mare.
It's not as much noises (except, on occasion), but it's just the tinest things. Like cones in the arena, poles (for jumping), hoses, pretty much anything that was new, or wasn't there the day before (or the last time I rode her).
She was also terrified (litterly - no joke) of jumping. Actually, it wasn't the height itself, it was just the poles. We worked on jumping for a year, went back to the tinest cross rails, then once took her out cross country, and obviously, cross country didn't go well at all! It was only a small log (like, 16inches max).
She's for sale, now. It's really unfortunate since she was my first horse, but I'm glad to move on.

But we actually think it could have been eye problems. We got her eyes checked, and everything was okay. Did you get a pre-purchuse vet check on your horse?
I think it's a lack of confidence for her, with a mixture of horrid training before we bought her.
Does your horse bolt, too? Libby does - it's not a full speed gallop bolt, but it's a quick canter trying to get away from the scary object.

I think some horses are just born spooky, and it's hecka hard to get the spookiness away.

Do you do natural horsemanship?
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