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post #1 of 19 Old 08-18-2013, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Training a 2-1/2 yr old filly but running into problems.

Hello all I am 57 yr old and have been away from horses for over 30 yrs and when I had them years ago I always had a broke horse. 3yrs ago I brought a TW mare in foal from Tn. To louisiana and she had a foal that I raised and we have done well with all that I have asked of her from ground work to riding her that last few months. I just recently starting riding her in the hackamore and she does really well and is very light.I have never had trouble getting her to do anything I asked. She has been a pleasure to fool with till I started riding her outside of my pasture. She spooks and tiptoes at almost everything once we get out of the pasture. I do the moving her feet thing turning both left and right backing till she settles down and usuall we get the ride done but after doing this numerous times I expect this to get better but we have to go through this every time.I have sugarcane fields all around me and the wind blowing this morning she really acted like there was a lion near...lol


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post #2 of 19 Old 08-18-2013, 12:31 PM
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Can you pony her behind another horse for awhile?

I drag all my colts everywhere with me like this and they get very solid and desensitized to the world around them. I saddle and put my lunch bags/equipment on them, and ride them out for the day or at least an hour or two.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-18-2013, 12:40 PM
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She is still very young and will need miles, miles, miles. Take her out a little at a time. Pony her or even just take her on a walk to expore. She is not only physically young, but mentally young.
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She is my only horse. So there is no pony horse avaliable here but I guess she needs more time and I am giving her time not being too hard on her but don't let her stop till we get past her spooky parts of the ride.
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post #5 of 19 Old 08-18-2013, 02:14 PM
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There's your problem! You need more horses Seriously though, I'll second the idea of taking her out on walks, go a little further each time.
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Hand walking can benefit her if you think you can't ride out the spooks.
It sounds like you're doing the right thing though. Never quit until she's calm, and just give her as many miles as you can and as many good experiences as you think you can get.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
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Cover more ground.
Ride with a purpose like you have to go somewhere.
Keep her a lot more busy.
Ride faster.
Give her a job.

We usually start taking horses out in the hills from about their 4th or 5th ride. We do not follow another horse as that just makes them herd bound and gives you a different problem later. When one starts looking for boogers, we just go faster and take them into rougher footing that requires 100% of their concentration.

We have found that it is usually the riders that are hunting boogers and riders looking down or right in front of the horse instead of looking off in the distance toward some destination.
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Cover more ground.
Ride with a purpose like you have to go somewhere.
Keep her a lot more busy.
Ride faster.
Give her a job.

We usually start taking horses out in the hills from about their 4th or 5th ride. We do not follow another horse as that just makes them herd bound and gives you a different problem later. When one starts looking for boogers, we just go faster and take them into rougher footing that requires 100% of their concentration.

We have found that it is usually the riders that are hunting boogers and riders looking down or right in front of the horse instead of looking off in the distance toward some destination.
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I may be guilty of that . I can't wait to ride her tomorrow and be aware of where I am looking and get her busy . Thanks
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