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    11-10-2013, 12:51 AM
Once you can get your horse to pivot of the fore and hind quarters, you should try setting up your own little showmanship course with cones.. Walk/trot from ground, pivot, turns, back up, I do this with my TB and it was good bonding and a lot of fun!
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    11-10-2013, 09:30 AM
Watch those spring grasses. When the evenings are cool and the days are rapidly warming, the sugar content in the grasses rises. This can result in founder in some horses, a crippling condition. If you can, restrict him to hay during the day and turn him out in the evening when the sugars have gone down to the roots. Then in by about 8 am. Once the evening temps are quite warm he could probably be out all the time. You need to be mindful of this in the fall again as the evening temps mimic those in the spring. When you offer minerals, don't mix them in but have it free choice. Also provide a salt lick and loose salt (table salt) free choice. From years of observation my horses ingest far more loose salt than from the lick. A lick can make the tongue sore. His diet may be a little rich which can account for his energy. Try tapering him off to grass and the hay and let his weight be your guide.
    11-11-2013, 04:54 PM
When I hurt my ankle I had a green halter broke morgan. All I did was ground work. We did lounging at first, following CA lounging for respect. Then yeinding od shoulders and hind quarters. Once she was good with that we started using ground poles and other obstacles that I found to play with.

One of our favorites was to lay a ground pole on the ground and have her walk towards me but the catch was she could only step with one foot over the pole at a time. If she put more than one foot over she had to back up and try again. Once I was more mobile I would end our sessions by walking on the trails around the farm or down the road on a lead rope.

All of the work we did strengthened our bond immensly. I also suggest looking ta you tube for ground work ideas. I found all sorts of fun stuff to try on there without spending $ on extra equipment.
    11-11-2013, 06:49 PM
Ground driving! You can even set up little "courses" over poles through poles... I've even taken my big boy on trails ground driving, its fun, and gets you some exercise to.
    11-12-2013, 11:22 AM
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TOTALLY agree with Palomine. A long time ago I tt TB owners who were showing. Many of them would walk a full hour AFTER a workout with their TB to get them calm, relaxed and LISTENING. You can do this. I have worked my two gaited horses to know that we WILL walk when I ask for it. Everybody loves the alternative to a trot and these horses prefer to amble, run-walk, pace, tolt, whatever the gait is called for the breed, so you have to insist on a relaxed walk on any horse that doesn't want to.
Training is repetition, so make walking and relaxing a habit with your TB.
Btw, anyone with a gaited horse that IS relaxed has had a trainer who trained them to it. They are similiar to a TB or an Arab.
    12-17-2013, 05:17 PM
Originally Posted by Dawn854    
Corporal, stop preaching at me. I can't believe how rude you are. Just because I am a first-time horse owner does not mean I don't have any experience. I have leased several horses before I got mine and I've done a heck of a lot of riding! The reason my guy was bucking so much was because I was bringing him back into work and he was being a totally spoiled piglet when I asked him to canter. He's not young, he's not inexperienced, and he's certainly enough for me to handle. And FYI, I am getting someone else more experienced to ride him for me before I get back on, I can freely admit when I am in over my head. Get off your soapbox, step down from your high horse, and don't judge so harshly before you know what's going on. I have asked for help with groundwork, not a lecture on irresponsibility, so either answer my question or butt out. Anyone can fall off a horse badly and injure themselves, and it doesn't mean that they don't have the experience to ride that horse.
I so agree with you Dawn. Gez, that was a horrible lecture. Hahah. Just spend time with your boy. See if you can learn something new everyday with him, never smack a horse, they are big and can do much worse than you. Treach him through love language and leadership. If he doesn't understand what your asking, ask again and again, but with kindness. Never get angry and keep your emotions out of it. You don't need a trainer, you need him - your horse. He will teach you, just listen to him. They move off of pressure, so start with small things. Put a finger on his jaw and push gently, keep pushing until you notice the slightest "away fro pressure" movement, then immediately remove your finger. This can be done all over his body. I can lead my 2 year old colt with his ear or muzzle. I can back him with his tail, and nose with the slightest pressure. Remember, a horse can feel a misquito on his ass in a sand storm. It's about unity.
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