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post #1 of 21 Old 02-10-2014, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Tips on calming down a spirited horse????

Dear fellow horsemen and women,


I just got a new horse last weekend and she is soooo sweet and calm on the ground but she is just a little to get up and go when you get on. Piper is a beautiful red chestnut racking horse mare and an extremely smooth ride..... once she calms down.She is the perfect horse for my experience level and I can handle her just fine but I want my friends and family to be able to ride her too. She has not offered to buck or rear with anyone but the problem is, she does not stand still when I go to get on her and when I do get on her, I have to hold her back and turn her around in circles 10 or so times before she finally calms down. It is not her fault though, the person who used to ride her obviously did not take the time to do ground work with her. I was told that this person would just go out, put the saddle on and go and that was it. I was also told, that this person trained her to just take off before he even got seated in the saddle which ok, I can see that being useful for like a rodeo event or something but not for just everyday riding. That would explain why she does not stand still while mounting. I take the time to groom my horses and maybe lunge them around for a minute or two before I get on and she obviously did not get that since her tail is horribly matted and when I tried to lunge her, she did not seem to know what was going on. Anyway, she is the perfect horse besides that and once she calms down, she is sooooo much fun to ride. I am pretty confident that these minor problems can be fixed with some time and patience but I was just hoping maybe someone could give me a couple tips that I may not know about. I do not have access to a round pen or arena, just a small fenced in area around the barn. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-10-2014, 07:27 PM
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Not sure if this will help you, but the first horse I owned would always move around while I was getting on too. One of my trainer friends told me that if they move while you're getting on, immediately get off and make them turn in a circle. Do this as many times as you need to until they stand still while you are mounting. Honestly, it worked very well for me!
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-10-2014, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah that Is the only way I know how to do it too. I just didn't know if there might be some other ways but if that's the only way to do it then that's fine. Thanks for your response :)
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Make sure you do the circles BEFORE you get on though! Don't rush to sit on her and then turn her in circles. That won't fix the moving while mounting issue. Try and make her stand still before mounting :) Makes a world of difference for me!

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I had a TWH that was like that and many miles of riding at a walk. What you are dealing with is a horse that someone got on at took off literally
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Are you getting on with both reins loose and expect her to stand?
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Are you getting on with both reins loose and expect her to stand?
No what I do is take the left rein and get her to reach her head around and after she stops spinning I take the rein up to the saddle(while her head is still turned to me) and them get on. That sometimes works but I still have the problem of her jumping around when I get In the saddle and I have I hold her back because she wants to go before I'm ready.
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I had a TWH that was like that and many miles of riding at a walk. What you are dealing with is a horse that someone got on at took off literally
Yeah that is what the previous owner told me.
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Make sure you do the circles BEFORE you get on though! Don't rush to sit on her and then turn her in circles. That won't fix the moving while mounting issue. Try and make her stand still before mounting :) Makes a world of difference for me!
Yeah I usually do have to spin her around before I get on and she will eventually stop long enough for me to get on but when I get in I have to turn her in circles too because she just wants to go before I'm ready and I forgot to mention that she is very fast. Everything she does is fast.
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my mare did that for a while. For me, if she started to move, I did work her, but not a circle or lounge....i hustled her hind end. Who finally got on, I would flex her and back. She learned that when a rider does get on, there is work to do that doesn't involve going forward.

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