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post #1 of 12 Old 11-22-2011, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I am new here but need some help!! I bought my first horse about 2 months ago. She is a 6 year old arabian. She was bred for racing and broke out at 3 to race, but got a splint at 3 and was sent to a farm to be trained to be an everyday horse. She has little training, but rideable. I was told by a friend that she seems to be unbalanced. She is fine at the walk, stays on the rail,etc. But when cued to jog she points her head toward the rail, tosses her head and, despite my leg and rein cues, heads straight across the arena as in she is completly confused. Also, I struggle to get her into a canter. Since I am an advanced beginner, I havent loped her since I am still learning myself, however she is very hesitent to canter even on a lungeline. It takes alot of kissing and pushing to get one complete circle at the lope!!!

HELP!! I bought her as a project, I wanted the satisfaction of making my horse, but I need advice! The trainer where I board her can help, but I would like to do as much by myself first.

Ideas?!?!?!
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-22-2011, 01:31 AM
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She is either very green and needs an experienced trainer or she is experiencing physical issues that need a vet's attention.
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-22-2011, 01:32 AM
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I say find a trainer that will train YOU and the horse...best way to go. If the one at your boarding facility wont work with you, then dont feel bad about finding your own trainer.

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I bought her on a whim not knowing how much training she previously had. Are there any exercises I could try before paying a trainer? I want to at least try!!:)
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Well, don't do canter until she can trot for extended periods of time and can do circles and figure 8's and such at the trot. HOw much time under saddle does this horse have? Has she ever had any work on the ground with things like back up off the lead line, step the shoulder over, step the hind over, go ahead of me, go behind me, stop when I stop, go when I go . . .things like that?

I really think you can learn a lot on this forum but when it comes to training, you would be wise to get an actual human being to mentor you and her. Seriously. Think of it as a longterm investment. Pay what you must now and reap many years of good rewards later. scrimp now, and the payback will be small and cheap over the years to come.
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Well, don't do canter until she can trot for extended periods of time and can do circles and figure 8's and such at the trot. HOw much time under saddle does this horse have? Has she ever had any work on the ground with things like back up off the lead line, step the shoulder over, step the hind over, go ahead of me, go behind me, stop when I stop, go when I go . . .things like that?

I really think you can learn a lot on this forum but when it comes to training, you would be wise to get an actual human being to mentor you and her. Seriously. Think of it as a longterm investment. Pay what you must now and reap many years of good rewards later. scrimp now, and the payback will be small and cheap over the years to come.
She has approx 3 years undersaddle and does the things you mentioned(stop and go with her, backs off the leadline, etc.

She was sold to me as "greenbroke" but I quickly learned that means different things to different people. I thought about asking for lessons on MY mare and we can learn to work together.

Circles and figure 8's might be my 1st try, anything else?
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Well, if she decides to head out across the arena on her own, I wonder if that isn't more a case of her wanting to go there more than be with you. If you think it's more her being disobdient then I might disengage her hindquarters when she started to just go off on her own direction, and then ask her again to go the direction that I was asking her to go. It's kind of like derailing the train for a bit, then setting it back up on your path. Do you know how to disengage the hindquarter of the horse? That would be something to learn via video, if you don't hvae a teacher to help you.
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That might be the case! She tends to be stubborn on occasion. I dont know how to disengage her hindquarters, should I youtube it??
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yeah, that would be a good idea. Thank God for You tube!
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At least find a riding instructor who has experience working with greener horses and ask him/her to watch you guys ride. Or maybe hop on himself/herself and give you pointers or tell you what you need to be doing with your body to correct these things.

You did have a vet check her out before you bought her.. right? And a farrier?
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