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post #11 of 27 Old 01-29-2013, 05:10 PM
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I did punish her, but I hurt my foot so I could not get back on her.

I am sorry, but this bothered me. Why do you need to punish a horse for doing something natural, like rolling? Please, get a trainer...
I go by the saying "If the horse isn't doing it right, your asking for it incorrectly" and "it's never the horse, it's the rider or equipment". Obviously your horse is bothered by something and doesn't need to be "punished" for it.

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post #12 of 27 Old 01-29-2013, 05:19 PM
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How many years riding experience do you have?
Is this your first horse?
Was the horse hot and sweaty when it rolled?
It could just be that the horse wasnt taking you riding bareback & in a halter seriously - like game - and thought it was OK to roll
I also think you should be working with a trainer but if that's not an option then go back to a saddle and either a bridle or at least a proper sidepull bitless bridle so you have more control
You should be in a confined space, if a horse thinks about rolling a good smack behind your leg with a schooling whip usually pushes them on but I'm not sure you have the skills for this
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post #13 of 27 Old 01-29-2013, 05:42 PM
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If you ride with a saddle and bridle, you'll have more control when she tries to roll. Don't give her her head and keep her moving.

Now that she's done it a couple times, it might be difficult to prevent it next time. And when you do stop her, she may pitch a fit, so be prepared. Most young horses will try to challenge you at some point (as many older ones will, too).
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post #14 of 27 Old 01-29-2013, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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I am sorry, but this bothered me. Why do you need to punish a horse for doing something natural, like rolling? Please, get a trainer...
I go by the saying "If the horse isn't doing it right, your asking for it incorrectly" and "it's never the horse, it's the rider or equipment". Obviously your horse is bothered by something and doesn't need to be "punished" for it.
I am not mean to my horse, I hurt my foot in the whole accident.
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post #15 of 27 Old 01-29-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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How many years riding experience do you have?
Is this your first horse?
Was the horse hot and sweaty when it rolled?
It could just be that the horse wasnt taking you riding bareback & in a halter seriously - like game - and thought it was OK to roll
I also think you should be working with a trainer but if that's not an option then go back to a saddle and either a bridle or at least a proper sidepull bitless bridle so you have more control
You should be in a confined space, if a horse thinks about rolling a good smack behind your leg with a schooling whip usually pushes them on but I'm not sure you have the skills for this
I have been riding for 8 years, and I have been people training me to be a trainer for 3. No I just had gotten on her, when she rolled. I'am putting the bridle on her for a while to get for use to the feel, I am starting her on it tomorrow. I hope it help.
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post #16 of 27 Old 01-29-2013, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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She is not my first horse. I have help trained many other horses, but I have not had this problem before.
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post #17 of 27 Old 01-29-2013, 06:17 PM
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So, if you have started other horses, you've probably run across other shenanigans (i.e. Bucking, etc..). It's not too different, in a way. Try to intercept the behaviour before the horse really gets rolling. Once she's part way down, it's a lot harder to get her back up. You've already picked up on the fact that she lowers her head right before rolling. Take her head away from her, and keep her moving.
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post #18 of 27 Old 01-29-2013, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! this is all that I needed!
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post #19 of 27 Old 01-30-2013, 11:48 AM
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Even if you are very experienced, when dealing with youngsters it is important to be able to react quickly in case of rolling, bucking, etc. so that such behaviors don't become a habit. Get help from another experienced horse person, even if it is just another set of eyes on the ground to help spot the small signals that you might be missing that would signify your horse is about to engage in some kind of unwanted behavior.

Have you ever long lined her with a bit? That can be a very good way to teach a horse how to correctly respond to some of the rider's cues.
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post #20 of 27 Old 01-30-2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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She did much better today. I went out with two other people and walked her over to the first person then turned her, and I rode her her to the other person, about 20 FT away! She did really good, and every time she went to throw her head around I would tell her no. She listened, but I did have to lunge her around a few times to get her to listen. I am very happy with today's results!
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