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        05-26-2010, 11:16 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    walking..

    Alright so I have a arabian mare whom I am getting back into work after about a year and a half off. Lately she has been very bad about walking on the trail by herself. If she is with another horse she is rather calm but still slightly prancy from time to time. Once she is alone the slow quietness goes out the window and she turns into a little monster.. I am not sure if its because she is anxious aobut being alone or just anxious about being out and about. I would like to know of some ways to get her to slow down as she has a really nice calm walk in the arena but out side its a nightmare getting her to walk even when I completely relax tell her walk walk and check and release her she doesnt respond to it at all. Today I took her out on atleast a 2 and half hour ride (40 mins to the ranch for a hour lesson then 40 mins back) She walked amazing so we picked up a slow trot again amazing working trot ..perfect but as soon as my friend and I split up she would not walk a single step. I worked with half halts and everything else I could think of ... this has happened the past 4 times I have taken her out with no results of her understanding sooo I have come to you guys for some help...she is not uncontrolable as I can stop her she just doesn't want to walk instead she would rather prance
         
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        05-26-2010, 11:20 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    My mare does this too sometimes when we go out alone. She starts jigging and I just do circles and then walk on, circle the other way and walk on until she works it out. Not quite as tight as a one-rein stop, but tight enough to get her attention and make her think about something else besides being nervous. HTH!
         
        05-26-2010, 11:27 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    Brewcrew-circles I have tried as well and for whatever reason she has worked out in her head that they mean go faster... that is something I am working on slowing her down at with my trainer at the moment since she does that in the arena as well as out on the trail if I try to correct her that way.. when I use that way she will take off out of the circle no matter how many times I circle her
         
        05-26-2010, 11:35 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    I can't really say too much about slowing her down..but if you barrel race her (your name, I'm newer so I don't know if it applies or not haha) and you spin her before you rush out the gate and start your barrel run, that's why she associates it with faster. We constantly have to work with our horses on that, since unless we work on circles before to mean calm, as well as during, the the associate it with going fast.
    Don't know if that helped any-but it may be the reason she's associating circles with speed. :3
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        05-26-2010, 11:43 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Iseul-she is going to be trained for that but I haven't yet really started her on patterns. I just got her last month and have been working on basics up until I got to see my trainer we have had 2 lessons and today was the first time she was shown any of the patterns. I have no idea of her background other then that she acts like she was trained to race at one point then retrained(basics) for just riding then forgotten.
         
        05-27-2010, 12:37 AM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Well, since you don't know all her background-they may very well have spun her before they took off. That's what my friend does before he goes out the gate, or even practicing in the outdoor-spins until his horse gets tense (others just do it once or twice) and then he takes off as soon as he feels that. He has to train his barrel pony to circle tighter and stay calm though, since a younger girl is riding him for 4H now.
    I'd say that could be a very plausible reason, nonetheless.
    Her old owners may have raced her with other horses in their fields or such too, we dothat with our horses too if we're all up for it. :3 it's pretty fun, but we have to make absolutly sure they're calm before and after. My friend's lease horse for 4H is a hyper mess the whole time, so he's usually not allowed to run him, but he ends up doing it in the end anyway ;-;
    Another horse at the barn is/was a barrel horse. His leasee would hop on and either run him from a standstill or spin him and take off. He's well near ruined as a possibility of a sell prospect (as BO might have to sell all her horses pretty soon...) since his brakes are almost shot (needs a one-rein if he passes a trot) and he tries to take off at any leg pressure, lean forward, mount, etc etc.
    But anywho...i would either just work on calm circles/spins, or attempt to find out what the previous owners did with her. :3 well, actually I'd work on circles/spins either way, haha, but yeah...
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        05-27-2010, 12:43 AM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Iseul-Well from my knowledge the people who last owned her bought her boarded her then left her as a once fairly well trained horse ..i say fairly because she has amazing backs and can turn great on her haunches....but the place she was left at couldnt afford to keep her there anymore so they were just giving her away all they could tell me was that the old owner rode her a couple of times then left because they didnt want to /coudlnt pay the board anymore and that she was a 10yr old arabian mare.
         
        05-27-2010, 01:29 AM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Well...is she on sweet feed or grain of some sort? Or anything else that might make her hyper?
    One horse at our barn is a well near perfect trail horse..as long as she's leading..she's hyper, bucks, rears, kicks, sidesteps, spins, etc if she isn't leading. BO or her leasee should fix it, but don't find it dangerous for some odd reason o.O
    But my point of that was-if she's hyper and/or doesn't like something, she's most likely going to try to get out of it one way or another. If speeding up ever got her out of work, then she's bound to try it over and over again.
    Or she may feel safer if she's moving faster, which would give her the upperhand if something attacked her out of nowhere. ;-; so if she does t trust and respect you completely-she might be nervous and doesn't know that you'll protect her if something does come up. Which could very well be the case-since you've only had her for a month or two.
    Oh, or buddy sour and doesn't like being alone, which could also be it..but I haven't dealt with that before, so can't give too many tips on that. :#
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        05-27-2010, 07:13 AM
      #9
    Weanling
    BarrelracingArabian, my horse is the same. Gets nervous when we're out alone, tries to go faster around circles when she's upset...I'll be following this thread because so far I haven't worked out any consistent method.
         
        05-27-2010, 09:29 AM
      #10
    Green Broke
    Iseul-nope I haven't put her on any supplements yet as my mom is being stubborn and wont buy them becuase she thinks she doesn't need them. Which she does need like hoof supplement and psyllium and possibly some electrloyte booster stuff because she's going to be working alot and be out on the trail alot this summer so she's ready for gymkhana this coming year.
    Ilytango-nice to know someone else is having the same battle hope you and I can work it out haha
         

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