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        06-19-2012, 12:20 AM
    I'm so tired of groundwork. ACK. Oh well. Might as well.... -tear-
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        06-23-2012, 10:05 PM
    So, early early this morning, I got Squiggy in and rode her w/t in the roundpen after lunging her, all with just a halter. And then, this evening, I took her out to my arena-with-no-fence and rode her with a snaffle. Well, there was no tensing up and being stupid at a walk or trot, she even stretched down and travelled long and low-ish, but she much preferred to just break at the poll and bring her nose in without getting stupid about it. So, I lightly cued for a lope after some up and down transitions, and she loped wonderfully. It was... COMFORTABLE. Loose rein... just lovely.

    I think she just likes to cause me stress.
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        06-23-2012, 10:21 PM
    I think the lunging may have helped more than you realize. It really refreshes the herd leader-horse relationship and allows her to build her own balance as well.

    But yay that's great news!!!!
        06-23-2012, 11:20 PM
    Another thing that probably helped is that she got a little talking to on the ground at the gate before I went to ride her the second time.. tried to ram-jam me around. Got a BIG talking to.
        06-23-2012, 11:27 PM
    Just make sure you aren't becoming stubborn. She is a green horse, a mare, and she hasn't gotten the hang of her own balance yet. Yes sometimes a "talk" is needed, but ground work is just as important as is patience and knowing when to break things down and back off.

    In all your replies, I get the sense you are sharing this "oh she's just being a witch" mentality. Be careful.
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        06-23-2012, 11:32 PM
    She had developed a big respect issue over the winter, like... kicking at me when I was trying to catch her, running away, pushing my around... and I have no tolerance for those things. At all.
        06-24-2012, 01:36 AM
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    Are you able to take Squiggy out for a good long gallop? I bet she'd love that.
        06-24-2012, 12:47 PM
    I would, but I'm not sure what kind of effect it will have on her new found calm-ness... if you get where I'm coming from.
        06-24-2012, 01:04 PM
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    Yeah, I do. But most horses benefit from a gallop that is really letting them go, as long as they want to, and maybe a bit more. Especially if they can actually go somewhere, not just around and around an arena.

    I am not such a confident rider as to gallop out on the trails where we live, but I love it when Zulu's owner takes him for a good gallop. He gets all loose and relaxed afterward.
        06-24-2012, 01:08 PM
    Yeah, well most of my riding lately has been out in the complete open in stubble fields. If I have good control there, it will be like 60% better in an arena. Even my arena doesn't have a fence.... :P
    I usually like to breeze horses every now and then, but Squiggy likes to run, and I'm at the point where I'll only let her stretch out if she gets all bunched up and tense.

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