Originally Posted by jannette
I purchased a great little mare for my step kids (they were tought to ride apperently by an idiot with poor ponies at a stable) I wanted them to enjoy the experienc of riding anywho the little mare rides in a hackamore great I've rode her alot. I have been after kids for being to heavy handed and also giving way to many comands at once ect. Ect....at this point i've pulled them and they can not ride until I figure out how to fix them....however I went out to ride her a bit and all she wants to do is flip her head and back up...she didnt do this prior to the kids riding her..i road her alot prior...now what????how do I help her through this...and back to her old self
Unfortunately this happens a lot.. not all that uncommon. I always do what I call over-correcting. So for example she won't stop walking, well make her stop (persistence), but then go a step further by making her back up after the walk. Then as soon as she backs up RELEASE (important!!). Same with turning. She knows how to turn so make her do a nice turn, reward by letting the pressure off when she responds. Then as you go you can become lighter and lighter on your cues, so she will respond better. Ask her to do things you would normally want her to do, but be very picky with her. She must do them correctly every time. Since you KNOW she already knows how to perform under saddle, then you can be a little hard on her and expect more. She will soon turn back into her old self, but it will take some time and training to do it. Start now, and keep the kids off the horse until they know how to control themselves and handle the horse properly.
As far as flipping her head and backing up, I am just about positive they were clinging to the reins and hard on her mouth or nose. Let her have her head, let her do her backing up. She can't back up forever. When she stops moving, praise her. After that, on a loose rein ask for forward movement. If that doesn't work try turning. Always praise her for standing still instead of backing up. Any forward movement, including a turn, should also be praised.