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        06-15-2012, 02:27 AM
      #51
    Yearling
    I think she looks pretty good!
         
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        06-15-2012, 02:30 AM
      #52
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
    Well, I posted that video on HGS and was told that Squiggy is a "wreck waiting to happen" and that I shouldn't be riding her. Hello feeling-like-crap-about-my-hard-work.
    Hey, don't make me go there and slap you.

    GREEN horse, not a mind reader.

    You are doing great with her, don't let other people decide how you feel about all the work you've done with her.

    YOU KNOW DEEP DOWN HOW MUCH SHE HAS COME AND HOW GOOD SHE IS DOING.

    :)
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        06-15-2012, 03:25 PM
      #53
    Started
    Thankfully, some other people on that forum posted and were more supportive... and they didn't make me feel like my horse should be glue.
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        06-18-2012, 03:47 PM
      #54
    Started
    I don't know what to do anymore.

    Here's the thing: I want to barrel race with her sooner than later, and I know I could start her back up on the pattern and just w/t it and do the other work I need to do with her on it, but I know once I get to a certain point with her, there's no going back. She's just going to be one of those horses. Once we get to the point where we can run the pattern, she's a barrel horse. When she runs, all she wants to do is run.

    Right now, I can ride her and when she gets excited, she bunches up, tucks her head, and chomps on the bit like crazy, and the more she does it, the more she sweats and whatever, and she never used to sweat on a w/t ride, now, I go for a 20 minute w/t ride, and she's soaked. The only rides I've done on her where she hasn't gotten soaked from head to tail were when we were pulling calves at brandings, cause she was relaxed and when she did sweat, it was becuase she was working, not because she was being high strung. I'm completely lost on why she changed so much, and what to do.

    There's still a little thought in my mind that she is out somewhere... but the more I think about it, the more it doesn't make sense. If she was out of place, it would have showed pulling calves around. Plus, there is no one who does chiro work around here anymore.

    I just can't get her to RELAX anymore. I've gone on rides where we just walked and trotted a little bit along the sand road, and again and again she bunched up and just was a hot head. There's some improvement, but not much.
    I've rode her in the corral, where I know she's comfortable, and she is better than out in the open, but still no relaxing and just being comfortable. I've changed saddles, blankets.....

    I just don't know anymore.

    -head desk-
         
        06-18-2012, 09:50 PM
      #55
    Started
    -groans as if she is dying of plague, head still on desk-
         
        06-18-2012, 11:47 PM
      #56
    Showing
    You're asking too much too fast. I don't barrel race but I did take lessons on an ex barrel racer when I was 12. Learned to sit pretty on him but he was never go go go go go unless you asked him to.

    She's young and you're asking for speed so early that she thinks that's what she's expected to do, instead of relax and only get speedy when asked.

    That's why it's so important to always start calm and return to calm. There has got to be more to do with her than run barrels and get her hyped up.

    Go back and spend more time on the walk once she is nice and relaxed (throw some lateral work in there, circles, figures, walk behind some cattle if you can not running after them or anything.

    Once she's CALM, then you can ask for a trot and do the same thing until she settles down. Then once she's good on that, do some trot to canter transitions go from relaxed trot to canter for a few strides then back to trot and don't canter again till she relaxes in her trot.

    Yes it's a pain in the backside but she's green and you're teaching her she has to just run like the cheetahs instead of control her speed and her anxiety level.
         
        06-19-2012, 12:34 AM
      #57
    Started
    But, you see, I've been doing slow slow slow for months now, and it's not getting much better. Even when I did barrels, there wasn't much fast. Gaaaaaaaaah. So darned frustrating.

    I've been working on her trot every ride, just trying to get her to relax, and she doesn't. I've tried leaving her face alone and letting her go with her head where she wants it, I've tried going back to riding her how I was last year, I've tried more little changes... just nothing is clicking.
         
        06-19-2012, 12:51 AM
      #58
    Showing
    Have you done any ground work or lunging with her? On a line, not free?
         
        06-19-2012, 12:59 AM
      #59
    Started
    I done a little bit, but most of the lunging I've done with her has been free lunging in the roundpen, not like an idiot, making her run around me endlessly, just trotting and listening to me.
         
        06-19-2012, 01:12 AM
      #60
    Showing
    She may need some ground work to settle her down. Sky used to be just as you're describing.. I think you've seen the past pictures.

    It took a lot of hard work but we eventually got slow and he can MOVE when you ask him to without fretting too much.

    May be worth revisiting
         

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