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post #11 of 16 Old 07-26-2010, 04:12 PM
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Well done with perservering.

I agree with the above, that particular trainer is not right for your horse. Nothing wrong with working outside your comfort zone occasionally but horses generally are not good at it.

If you have a formula that works, don't change it. If you feel you need instruction / encouragement please find someone who shares the same training methods as you.

He sounds like a terrific horse just a sensitive one that had got sour and lost his confidence.

You will never please everyone so ride him in a way that works for him even if it involves some less than classical riding - so what. Riding is (or should be) about have a safe, fun time.

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post #12 of 16 Old 07-27-2010, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Couldnt agree more! :-D he's a gd horse, just been very misunderstood!
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post #13 of 16 Old 08-13-2010, 03:45 PM
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.. Don't use that trainer O.o... (how can a proper instructer treat a horse that way??). Its brutish ----throwing---- things at your horse? Thats not just aggressive towards the horse (even done with intent to get him to go) but extremely unprofessional and very disrespectful towards you. You're -paying- her to help you. Not toss things and act in a way that makes you burst out in tears. Obviously, it seems like she doesn't have the ability nor temprament to handle either you or your horse and simply can't understand how to handle either of you.

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post #14 of 16 Old 08-15-2010, 01:43 PM
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I agree! Throwing that at him was dangerous. She could have caused you to be badly hurt by frightening your horse into a mindless bolt. A horse won't learn anything constructive when they are frightened. Keep your boy away from her.
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post #15 of 16 Old 09-09-2010, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Well I haven't had a lesson since! My boy and I are now competing BSJA (or BS as it's now known) we haven't been out of the ribbons on every outing and he is coming on with each competition! So so pleased with him, no more running scared! He can still have the odd stop but I really and trully don't believe it's out of sheer naughtyness and more him being a little unsure. He would have won me 32pounds had I been a member of the BS on Sunday, so I am now registering us both and cracking on! I adore him!!
Thanks all! Hx
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post #16 of 16 Old 09-09-2010, 05:14 PM
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Sounds like a bully of a trainer, and your horse just isn't having any of it lol. I think what you were doing is great, and very similar to how I got my horse confident jumping again. Hopefully he has enough confidence in you now that he will come back fine. And good for you knowing that your horse wasn't right!
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