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post #1 of 4 Old 05-13-2008, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Working with Barn Sour


Today, I decided to go riding on my own (both my first time by myself and also the horse's first time).

I left the house but after a while, he started throwing his head. He'd stop, back up and swing his body around towards home.

When he'd back up, I'd lean forward, click and squeeze, but his body would tense and it felt like he was preparing to buck, so I'd turn him but he'd stop turning after a while and just tuck his head to the side.

After a lot of fighting, I managed to get a good distance but we got to one point and he would just not go farther! I got nervous as well because we were next to a canal and falling into it was the last thing I ever want to happen (it's near impossible to get out). I managed to get him to go a few feet past the point where he kept stopping, and then I headed back home.

On the way, I would turn him and go back in the opposite direction (from home), then turn and head home, and then do it over again. Once I got to the driveway, we walked past it and continued down the other way.

Still, every now and then, he'd stop, try to buck or back up, and it was a battle just to get going again! I'm afraid my nervousness made him uncomfortable as well... I felt like he couldn't trust me completely. :(

Any advice would be very much appreciated! Thanks for reading!
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-13-2008, 02:13 PM
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Sounds like if this was the first time you did pretty darn good!

He could thrown your arse in the grass and went home without you and that didn't happen.

Keep doing what you did and it should become easier each time!

Good Job!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

1 Chronicles 28:20

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-13-2008, 02:18 PM
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I agree, nice job!! Keep it up!
Just remain calm, & relaxed, so he will relax too.

Ride more, worry less.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-13-2008, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Really? Boy that's so wonderful to hear! Thank you Poptart and Dumas, I feel more confident about it already. I suppose he just needs work and time. :)
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