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post #1 of 11 Old 03-18-2012, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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What to do..

Hi guys,
Today I am most likely going to be riding my mums horse who hasn't been ridden in about 4-5 weeks due to the floods.
I have nowhere like an arena to ride her because it's still wet.
She will probably be pretty excited, so what should I do o prevent her bucking or such?
Im thinking I might work on either stopping and backing or just let her trot until she wants to stop and then make her trot somemore?
What do you think?

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-18-2012, 05:04 PM
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If you don't feel comfortable riding her, then I would suggest that you don't! She will pick up on your nerves and insecurity and, more likely than not, take advantage of that! Maybe work on lounging instead, and then after a few days of that, move to leisurely riding. :)

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post #3 of 11 Old 03-18-2012, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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I have ridden her before and am not necesarily nervous or that, I would just like to know if what I am planning to do would be appropriate or not.

My horse picks up on exactly what im feeling so im getting good at not showing it!

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post #4 of 11 Old 03-18-2012, 07:44 PM
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I'd do some in-hand work with her before you ride her to make sure if you have her attention. Take her for a walk and get her listening to you before you try and find out IF she'll listen to you when you're in the saddle.
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-18-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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I'd do some in-hand work with her before you ride her to make sure if you have her attention. Take her for a walk and get her listening to you before you try and find out IF she'll listen to you when you're in the saddle.

As in some basic groundwork? Backing, yielding etc?

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I have a personal criteria for getting on any horse and it's this. When I'm sure that I personally can handle anything that this horse, personally, is apt to do and that I therefore have the necessary skills and confidence to see it through, that's when I get on. Until then, I'm staying on the ground.

Still working on getting good enough to get on any horse. :P
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I have a personal criteria for getting on any horse and it's this. When I'm sure that I personally can handle anything that this horse, personally, is apt to do and that I therefore have the necessary skills and confidence to see it through, that's when I get on. Until then, I'm staying on the ground.

Still working on getting good enough to get on any horse. :P
If I were to use your criteria I am confident that I know this horse well enough to deal with what she could do.

Can you tell me what would be best, let her run? Or make her stop?

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If I were to use your criteria I am confident that I know this horse well enough to deal with what she could do.

Can you tell me what would be best, let her run? Or make her stop?
I would say that the best thing is to trust your own judgment. You're the one that's gotta ride the thing.
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Well, if she'll listen to you on the ground and in the slower stuff, you have more of a chance that she'll listen to you in a faster gait. Like the above said, you know her better than any of us, your horse and your relationship with her. But if my horse wants to run and I know I can control him, yeah I'll let him run
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I 110% agree with Confuscious in that doing groundwork first is the way to go.
If I need to get on a horse that I either don't know, that I know to have issues with respect under saddle or on the ground, OR that hasn't been ridden for some time, I'll always do a session on the ground before I get on.
Basically putting the horse under some pressure, backing up, yielding quarters and shoulders, disengaging hind quarters by following the nose etc.
I'll do that until I feel that the horse is listening to me and knows that I'm not there to mess around.

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