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post #1 of 6 Old 10-18-2010, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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wife just had to have a horse

my wife just had to buy a horse . so after being horse free for almost 18 years . I find myself messing with a horse again . it took me about four trys to get her to load in my stock trailer. guess she didn't like the smell of cow crap and the rattle of the cut gates but after 30 min. of loading & unloading . she loads like ture cow horse. but she does not neck rein and works the bit almost nonstop. plus she thinks that she can go the way she wants and not the way I want her to . I try to stay soft handed with the reins and use a loose ring snaffel bit. is there any tricks of the trade anyone may what to give me on make'n her see things my way without being to heavy handed with the reins. I only get to ride her a few times during the week for like 15 or 20 min. and maybe a hour or 2 on the weekends. I will try to add a pic of the bit I am using

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-18-2010, 10:23 PM
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Snaffle. How old is this horse? A snaffle is fine if the horse responds to it. Some horses don't. They are normally used in training. A snaffle needs a side to side motion when getting a reponse. Pressure and release on the bit will get you a better response and keep your hands soft. What is it that she doesn't want to do for you? Make sure her mouth isn't hurting or maybe have her teeth checked.
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That is a good bit to use, imo.

What I would be doing is doing exercises that will get her bending and flexing for you laterally. Start on the ground, either with the bit, or a rope halter (less to lean on), and take up the lead rope, or one rein, and bring it up toward the wither (or saddle horn if she's saddled)...take up enough slack so that she has to bring her head back a bit, and wait for her to "give" to the pressure. She may go in circles for a while, but just stay with her, and wait for her to come back a bit and release the pressure on the lead herself, then let the lead rope slack, pat her, and try again. Gradually she will be able to bring her nose back further and further, and will give to the pressure quicker and quicker; do that on both sides.

When you are in the saddle, do the same stuff, only you will bring the rein to your hip and rest it there til she gives; again start with taking out only a bit of slack out, and go from there; eventually she will be able to bring her nose right to your toe without any trouble, and will do it readily. What all of that is going to do is give you the advantage laterally, over all of her movement. When she starts to speed up, or decides to try and go her own way, all you should have to do is pick up one rein and get her to 'change her mind' quite quickly...This lateral flexion will also give you the basis for getting her to collect and be flexible vertically, because she will be soft to the bit in either direction, it will be easier for her to understand when you ask for it vertically.

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-19-2010, 01:49 PM
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I also want to know how old she is. There are several reasons why she may be working the bit so much. Teeth, mouth is sore, so she works the bit to get away from the pressure, ill fitting bit, same kind of thing, she's getting away from the pressure. She's young, and most young horses work the bit trying to figure out what it is, and what to do. Or she could just like to work with the bit. I personally being an english rider like my horse to mess with the bit a little, lets me know that they are softening up, but if they are messing with the bit so much that they are paying more attention to it then me, then something needs to be changed.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-19-2010, 01:54 PM
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The only trick that will work is to spend more time riding her. Don't focus on how soft YOU are being but how soft SHE is being. Do as much as needed to get the desired response then give an immediate release. The faster your release the softer she will get.

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-19-2010, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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she is a 6 year old quarter horse. I have always had older horses from 8 to 12 years old that were fairly well trained when I got them. my wife has never had a horse in her life but has always wanted one . so when a friend said he needed to sell her and told the wife the price the next day I WAS PICKING UP A HORSE. but I have kind of got back into the mood of owning a horse. just wish we had more time to ride her. Thanks agian for your help.
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