Training a Psycho :D

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    09-11-2011, 04:27 AM
Training a Psycho :D


Anyway, my recently acquired barrel mare is a little bit of a schizo. In the sense that she is very sensitive and may or may not see things that aren't there She's very hot and sometimes listens, the other times trying to be pushy.

It doesn't help that for some odd reason we are having trouble getting used to each other. The lady who trained her has an entirely differant method of training (Which has virtually no rein cues) which is wierd for me, because I have been riding horses who are very soft in their face while this mare just...isn't. And she hates it when I even mildly come in contact with it. Once I decided to teach her a one-rein stop. I practiced in the halter and she got it fine. Then I put her bridle one (Just a snaffle) and tried to pull her nose to one side from a stand-still and she pitched a little hissy fit.

I'm all about using as much seat and leg cues as you can rather than pulling on a horses face, but honestly! When she gets pushy, sometimes I have no choice but to grab face and she hates me for it, but when I can't get control with seat and leg, what then?

I have an idea of how to approach this (From the ground up, I plan on treating her like an unstarted colt and get the fundamentals back down) but I'm also curious to know what you guys have done to deal with this.

Like I said, this isn't the only psychotic thing she does, but its the only one that really, really bothers me. The rest is just a "Get over yourself >.>" and she goes back to being normal.
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    09-11-2011, 11:23 AM
Have you had her teeth checked?
"I decided to teach her a one-rein stop. I practiced in the halter and she got it fine. Then I put her bridle one (Just a snaffle) and tried to pull her nose to one side from a stand-still and she pitched a little hissy fit." See where you say pull her nose to one side? The difference in teaching here is between pulling and setting up a hold. Set up your hold asking for just an inch or so of give and DON'T move your hand. Wait for her to give and then you can either drop the line/rein or simply stay where you are. That way it doesn't turn into a battle. Keep asking and as she gets better, move the position that you set up for the hold. If you need to, plant your hand on a body part so you don't accidentally move when she gives.

    09-11-2011, 03:58 PM
Yes, holding was what I meant...Sorry xD

As for her teeth, I've been all up insie her mouth and can't find anything that would even remotely bother her. She had her teeth done rather recently.

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