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    05-02-2013, 10:12 AM
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I had similar troubles plus a lot more with Looby on the lunge, you just have to stick at it. I found this video recently that I thought was useful so sharing
I know theres always dispute on using baler string but I always do that too and my farrier here in the US wont have a horse tied unless its got something that will break if the horse does panic. I think maybe people have never seen what can go horrifically wrong - doors pulled off and horses bolting dragging them behind, bricks pulled out of walls and hitting horse or person on the head, fences pulled out, headcollars ripped into flesh
Each to their own thing of course but I'll stick to my way I think!!!
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    05-02-2013, 02:35 PM
That video was helpful, thank you! I will persist a little more before I try alternative tools.

I have just finished removing all the demolished fencing, and have put in new tie-strings in all the tie-rings. I would rather a horse take off, than take off with a fence following him behind.
    05-02-2013, 07:33 PM
It worked! Thanks Jaydee. Just seeing someone with a horse doing the same thing gave me the insight to try again.

Riley isn't spooky, he's the opposite of that. But I think he is confused.

If I were to hazard some guesses, I think people in his past have done a bit of join-up, a bit of this and a bit of that. And not much consistency of anything because in some ways he's so easy that his education hasn't seemed needed.

But I want a super reliable trail horse that my husband can ride. I want to be able to ride Riley and lead Ukon. I want to be able to drive Riley (to pull a chain harrow). Basically, I want him to be properly educated rather than just easy and uneducated.

So hip hip hurray! One step forward and a reminder to take it slowly to achieve success.
    05-03-2013, 11:58 AM
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Glad it worked - I think you might be right on the join up - sure Looby had a similar past and she couldn't get it into her head that I wanted her to not be attached to me by an invisible thread!! At the same time because she had such serious trust issue I didn't want to get into a situation where she felt I was being at all aggressive towards her which could have destroyed all the work done to get a bond with her - I was not the enemy.
I think if you make up your mind to do these things you'll get there, its just perseverance. I've had so many days with our 'thick as a brick' Honey when I've actually given up thinking she'd never clue on to something and then go out the next day and she's suddenly 'got the idea' - I think she sleeps on it!!
    05-03-2013, 05:43 PM
Whoopie de whoop it was Ukon's turn to be lunged in the arena today. I took the precaution of shutting Riley and Arthur in my yard over the other side of the pasture from the arena, so that he had no choice other than to listen to me.

He is sooo young and feather-brained he alternated between staring at the HUGE scary view across that side of the arena, and pausing for snatches of the weeds growing in the arena. So I didn't have as much of his attention as I would have liked, but he actually went well.

I had put the sidesaddle and bridle on him too, and was lungeing off the bit rings. He certainly seems happy in his tack.

I must continue to lunge him in the arena now until I think he has got used enough to the views for me to consider getting on him - on a still and calm day
    05-05-2013, 04:30 PM
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Can you have your husband on hand to just stand at the side of him when you first get on? I see no shame in that - when ours have had the winter months off its what I do now - honestly the ground just hits me a lot harder these days so I prefer to 'play safe'
Are these 2 horses similar in build to your UK one(s)
Did you ride sidesaddle before or is this a new venture
I'm intrigued!!
    05-05-2013, 11:41 PM
Yes, I am not ashamed at ALL of having a person standing around when I get on, but I'm not sure my husband is the correct one: he's SO unhorsey I think he'll just make me more nervous. I am thinking I might ask my Housesitter/local horsey girl/potential jumping instructor. She's young but relaxed I think.

I rode both aside and astride in the UK, much more astride though. However - I always said, when describing the similarities and differences between the two types of riding that if I was on a 'bucker' I would rather be aside.

Now, Ukon is not a bucker - I do believe that my arm-smashing incident was his first buck but that's still going to be at the back of my mind isn't it? Plus half the challenge for me and him is for me to remember to take it slowly. So I'm thinking that if we start aside then I will a)feel more secure, and b) remember to take it in very slow steps.

I can't remember if I have an aside photo on this iPad, I'll have a look for you....

............ Well done Jaydee. Your comment prompted me to type thism and then, I just asked hubbie if he would be prepared to do it, given the requirement by me that he doesn't get nervous. And he said yes now problem, so now I WILL have him there and that's a jolly good relationship thing isn't it
    05-06-2013, 09:15 AM
Lunged them both on Sunday morning in the sunshine.

Ukon was less spooky because his mates were visible in the field. Next time I must put them in the yard again. The first proper work out for him to actually start fittening. So walk, then ten circles of trot on each rein, and then ask for canter.

His canter transition on the left rein is a bit gawky, but successful. On the right rein he got his legs in a knot, did about flying changes, and then had a paddy. So I moved us along the arena to the end and tried again asking for upward transition in the corner of the school. He got it correct and so I stopped there. Sweaty blowy out of shape horse

Riley next and we stayed in walk still working on the actual principle of working on the lunge. We managed it on both reins, albeit with a little teaching as shown in the video link posted for me earlier. I was pleased as he is most definitely progressing.
    05-06-2013, 11:01 AM
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I've never tried side saddle at all so amazes me how people manage it - some incredible photos in the Horse & Hound this year of very elegant ladies jumping some huge fences sidesaddle that most wouldn't attempt astride
Did you take lessons somewhere?
If your husband is a protective type then I think you'll find he'll put your safety above any nerves he might have
I always have mine hold Willow the first few times I get on her after a break - she's our most solid reliable horse but is a bit 'cold backed' the first few sessions even though I lunge her and having been launched off once or twice the second my bum hit the saddle I don't take risks any more!!!
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    05-07-2013, 12:06 AM
Originally Posted by jaydee    
Are these 2 horses similar in build to your UK one(s)
Sorry, didn't answer that bit. My previous mare was a Suffolk Punch x TB. The SP was all at the front end and my gelding before her was a TB x ID. So, these are similar but Riley is definitely beefier than I have had before.

My vet says I can borrow a measuring stick anytime to measure them - must remember to!

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