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post #11 of 19 Old 08-19-2013, 03:05 PM
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Drive her on long reins around the place. Get two lunge ropes and clip them to her bit, or sides of noseband on the hackamore. Put both ropes through the stirrups and, with both long reins in hand, stand far back enough so she won't reach you if she lashes out. When she spooks at something, swish the opposite side of the rope so it taps her on the butt and encourages her to move on past it. To get her to move in the first place, swish the ropes with a flick of your hand and talk to her. This should stop her spooking at a few things! Also, only do this in walk. Not trot!
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-19-2013, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Cherie I read one of your post about this topic that I had not noticed before I started this one and I really like and believe what you posted and look forward using your advise. Thanks
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post #13 of 19 Old 08-20-2013, 12:32 AM
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Good for you for getting back into it, especially with your own filly. Nothing is more rewarding!
You said she was fine until you started "riding her outside of my pasture". What do you mean by that? Where were you riding her before? I would go back a few steps and start handling her on the ground, in the pasture/or area where you are having troubles. She is a young mare and has a lot to learn. You can never completely desensitize her to the world, but you can expose her to those "lions" and giving her all the right tools to know how to react to them confidently. It sounds like you've done great work with her so far. At her age, I would still keep in mind to leave sessions with her short and sweet and leaving them on a good note.
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post #14 of 19 Old 08-20-2013, 12:41 AM
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Miles miles miles. The more you ride her the less spooky she will be. Also I agree with above about ride with a purpose. If you are spooky and are watching for things that will spook her she is going to be spooky. They pick up on things like that. Also talk to her in a calm, low voice. When she starts to spook just say, " easy, whoa girl, it's alright." Let her know you aren't worried. If she sees you as the herd boss, which she should, then if you are calm and collected, she will pick up on that.

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post #15 of 19 Old 08-20-2013, 12:45 AM
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And if she tries to take of running when she's spooked, make her spin circles until you can tell she's calmed down. Then when she's calmed and not fighting you slip off of her and take her over to whatever it was spooking her and let her look at it or walk by it several times. I had a mustang once that had been wild that you had to take him by everything 2-3 times, then he was good.

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post #16 of 19 Old 08-20-2013, 01:27 AM
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When my mare spooks at something I hop off and bring her over to it. If she's really afraid I'll keep trying to get her close to it until she looks at it. Once she looks/ sniffs at it and realizes it wont eat her we are good. We may side step it still but its better then the "OMG ITS GOING TO EAT ME!" moment lol.
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post #17 of 19 Old 08-20-2013, 01:34 AM
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I would not suggest getting off a spooking horse. Sometimes it's fine if you don't think you can sit it, but I've seen some bad habits developed by that. I would work her in small circles or figure eights instead, make her think about you instead of thinking about the scarey thing.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #18 of 19 Old 08-20-2013, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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I rode yesterday evening. Made sure I was looking off into the sunset ..lol she tries to spook but I got her real busy and moving faster we got the ride done with much less trouble. I did circle her left then right several times as she acted spooky but it all worked much faster this time. Along the hwy as cars would approach I would bend her if she acted concerned . I was riding along side the hwy in the cane field not the road.i need to get in the woods with her and hope to do it this weekend.
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post #19 of 19 Old 08-20-2013, 08:03 AM
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Good! It looks like your on your way.

When she spooks at a particular thing, like a big rock or a tree stump, don't just ride past it. Go past it once using a 'leg yield' to move her shoulder toward it and take her head away from it. Then, a few feet past it, turn her toward it and go back past it the opposite direction, leg yielding the opposite way. I will do this and go back and forth, usually at a trot, until the horse drops its head and wariness and just ignores the thing. The very last thing I do is let the horse rest along side of the object, NEVER facing it or inspecting it. Every single spook becomes a workout until the horse no longer just gives up spooking.

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