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    07-02-2012, 11:51 PM
Teach him a "relax" word. So everytime you rub him down say it's okay or relaxxx or easy or something, and he'll begin to association that word with the action/feeling.

That way instead of petting him, you can say the word and then push him forwards on. Jerking the rein won't do anything except add more discomfort to the situation. Do circles on lead or work on walk and trot inhand. Change it up so you aren't just always walking. Leave walking to the times he's relaxed. If you start to notice him being a loon, make him do something.

That's what helped Sky.
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    07-03-2012, 12:29 AM
Yea, that sounds like a good idea! Thanks!
Right now switching from petting and saying its okay to shaking the reins/lead and making him walk in circles (since we walk on the side of the road I can't always circle him right when he acts up which is why I shake the reins/lead) is getting confusing for poor little him
    07-03-2012, 05:40 PM
Today is looking good.
After Doz finished his food, I took him into the arena, groomed him (which is weird for me), put the bareback pad on, and he did really well just being ground tied the whole time. I rode around for two or three minutes in there - just to get some of his kinks out (he didn't really do anything) and then took him out of the arena and into the backyard. The backyard essentially SHOULD be a well known place for him which means he SHOULD be well behaved, but most of the time, that isnt the case. He tends to try and focus on eating the hay, getting into the hay area, or meeting the neighboring horses. Not good.
But today, that didn't happen. I had him walking and trotting all over the backyard. I had him meet the dogs (only one was brave enough to touch noses with the big guy) and I made him stare at the chickens while they were flapping around in their coop. He did great. He got a little angry at me the first time I wanted him to meet the dogs (they were laying down by a tree that I didnt let him eat) but he got over it and seemed to accept the fact that he didnt get to eat while we were working.
So it went very well. I plan on taking him for a walk later on so there will be another update later on in the day!
    07-04-2012, 12:55 AM
Dangit. We had a family dinner and I wasted my afternon sleeping/watching TV. No walk for Doz today but at least he got ridden. Tomorrow for sure.
    07-04-2012, 07:09 PM
I took him on a ride today and the plan was to meet up with three friends.
It started well, I walked him down the street a house or two and then decided that he was just SO calm. So I hopped on and rode hiim down my street. He did really well!
Until we got to a place that I hadn't walked him at for the past week. So, apparently, our daily walks made him good with our street. No other streets.
It first went bad when we had to cross from our 'safe' street (the one I had been walking him on) to the other part of the street(The part I hadn't walked him on). It didn't take him long to freak out. Right in the middle of crossing the busy street to get from our side to the other, he jumped and spun. I pushed him and made him get to the other side (There aren't any stop signs for the cars) when he continued to freak out and spin around for a good five minutes.
After that, he seemed to regain his composure (I had called my friends while we were still spinning around and asked if they could meet me closer since I didn't want to bring him out onto a narrow and busy street- they said it was fine) so we walked on. I think we made it about four houses before he freaked. AGAIN.
This process continued until we reached the end of that street to where we were looking out on the busy street my friends would be coming from.
We waited about five or ten minutes for them (Doz was circling/trying to eat the whole time) and then the weirdest thing happened!
Doz didn't care that there were other horses! He payed no attention to them! He continued on with his bad behavior, prancing and jumping all the way back to our house (We had decided to ride in my backyard instead of on the trail) He ran into the other horses, tried to walk/trot as fast as he could to beat them and leave them behind. He seriously would not let another horse get more than 5 feet near him without taking off and trying to get home before them.
I just don't get it. The day started off so good! Then he had to screw it up with all his spooking/rearing/jumping/prancing/running home/not wanting to be part of the group.
I felt bad for my friends because it was definitely NOT the trail ride we had planned. But they all sad it was fine and that next time hopefully he will calm down. So they were nice about it.
But yea. He is really making me angry with all of his stupid stuff.

End rant.
    07-06-2012, 12:39 AM
I was pretty productive today. Which meant I didn't get to mine and Doz's walk until it was almost his dinner time.
But it was okay. I threw a halter on him(I've been walking him in his bridle) and we left. He did really well walking down towards the church (which is on the end of the street) and even did well walking past it and around the corner(we've walked there earlier this week and had some issues) until he noticed a large group of young teens. He wasn't spooking but he definitely wasn't relaxed either. I think it might have had something to do with the fact that one of the kids had a large stick and was repeatedly hitting tree after tree as he passed them. I think that if I was Doz, I woulda been leary too.
He was semi jumpy, but we made it past the kids (even with the idiot still thumping away on the tress)((Just wanted to add, I made sure that I said "Don't worry Doz, if anyone hits anyone with that stick, it'll be me hitting the dumb kid carrying it" loud enoough to where they all could hear me)) and since it was scary and the thumping was coming from behind once we passed them, I let him nibble the grass for a minute while I waited for them to get further down the street.
He was 'aware' the walk back to the front of the church, but seemed to calm down when we were back on our normal steet. Of course, since we were passing a mormon church, two boys riding their bikes had to stop and ask me if I had discovered the message of mormonism yet to which I replied "Little busy here." That didn't deter him though. He asked if I would take their card, so I took it and tried to leave. The other bike rider had to yell to me to compliment how 'cool' my horse was, which I was okay with, and then I finally got to escape after telling them to have a good day.
I decided to cut the walk short, so we only did about half of our normal distance, but I figured that since Doz had to deal with some people who were obviously not thinking and since it was pretty much dinner time, we could go home and not worry about it.
So, all in all, he did really good. I was pretty proud of him.
AND I set up a lesson with my horse trainer for Saturday morning to hopefully figure out a way to stop his dumbness.
And I also agreed to go on another freaking early trail ride that day too. Except on one of my boss's horses. Yay me.?

That's all. I'll probably ride him tomorrow on the street again. So, I'll update on that then.
    07-06-2012, 01:01 AM
Sheesh the kind of people you meet on walks, huh?

Glad he seemed better today. Have fun tomorrow with him and enjoy the trail ride on another horse!
    07-10-2012, 06:13 AM
The trail ride on Saturday with my boss was fun! The horse just plodded along the trail the whole time! Due to cramps, I had to reschedule my lesson for tomorrow. Doz sat in his stall pretty much all weekend :/ Bad Megan. I know. But I took him on a quick walk today. He did pretty well but I was in a hurry because I had promised to go on a ride with Sandra (the lady that I was supposed to ride with when Doz first started being bad) so I rode the same horse that I rode on Saturday and we stayed out for four hours! It was dark by the time we got back.
Hopefully tomorrow's lesson uncovers some super obvious and super easy fix to Dozer's problem and I can start getting him out on the trails instead of taking my boss's mare out all the time!
    07-11-2012, 04:29 AM
Okay, so the lesson today went well. He wasn't being super spooky like he has been lately (because my trainer was there...) but he did spook a few times so we still got to do a little work.
Her main advice was everytime he spooks or stops paying attention to me, I should get bigger or crazier than him (which is hard for me to do). I'm going to take him on another walk tomorrow and remember her advice, hopefully he starts picking up that he can't be spooky and he settles down for me soon!
I haven't been riding him or saddling him up for a few days because he has two sores on his back (I think they are from the saddle but have no idea why.. I'll figure it out and fix it tomorrow maybe) and I don't want the saddle to be rubbing those.
End of update.
    07-21-2012, 05:05 AM
Okay, I finally got off my butt and motivated today.
I took him for a short (20minutes) walk down the street today. He didn't do so well though. He was very 'energetic'. His head was constantly raised, he spooked at every car that passed by unless I stopped him and made him watch it go from in front of him to behind him, and he wouldn't truely relax. I did a lot of the things my trainer told me to do. They made him relax and forced him to think for a minute... but after that minute was gone, so was his brain. The only real highlights for him was the two times we stopped to talk to strangers. The first lady was in her car, which meant he had to walk up to the small car's window and let the driver pet him. He handled it pretty well but I had to cut the coversation short after he started getting nervous because of the two approaching cars (one coming from each direction). The other person we talked to was getting their mail, which meant we were close to their lawn, which meant Doz got to eat while the two of us talked. I made him watch every passing car, but he really could care less about them when he has food available to him... So yea, we walked home with a few more spooks and corrections, and I was about to put him away when I had an idea. I decided to walk him up to the front of our house to where the box of Bart's things was sitting (it was shipped from the equine hospital and I still am not strong enough to go through it). I pulled out the hair from his tail that they had sent, and let Doz sniff it. He was VERY interested but also very sidetracked. He was acting pretty worried whenever their was a noise or movement around us. I'm not positive that the hair still smells like Bart, but I figured that since he reacted to it and showed genuine interest, he had to think it was something big.
That was this afternoon. Later in the evening (around 9PM) I wanted to talk on the phone in private to vent to a friend of mine, so I decided to ride Doz while venting(I tend to ride him at night when theres something bugging me). We only walked. Around and around the arena. Nothing big. Nothing happened. We just plodded along while I talked. It was good to throw in a ride like that after all these issues we've been having.
Alright. That's it.

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