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post #11 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 01:26 PM
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^Ground work in the arena would be my guess.

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post #12 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 04:50 PM
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I really hate trying to make my horse do something SHE hates.
That said, I'd probably approach the problem as Zexious suggested: start with ground work, as I'm sure you did when she was starting out. Ask for easy things; rewards. Short sessions for a few days. On a good day, mount up at the end of the lesson, do something easy.

Build on small successes. Try not to go to the point of resistance, but do be ready to keep at it, all day if you have to. You cannot end a session with your mare in control.

And if you need help with the ground work, please get it!
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 08:54 PM
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You can MAKE her perform for you in an arena, or, as some have said, you can make her WANT to, by making it FUN for her. Find out what motivates her (food? puzzle-solving? etc.) & use it in the arena.

This is a great chance to know her better & get creative; think to yourself, Oh, boy, such an interesting puzzle she's presented me with!" I just heard Craig Cameron say on a video, "Horsemanship is a thinking man's game!"
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-26-2013, 07:30 AM
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Do you stop riding in the arena when she bucks? Is she bucking near the gate? My horse used to buck at the canter only when riding with other horses. One problem a trainer pointed out to me was when I gave the cue to canter I would also pull back on the reins out of fear and left my horse nowhere to go so he would buck. I fixed that problem but he still bucked at the canter. I tried all the natural "cures" but the only thing that worked was bending him to the right and spanking him on his left flank. Only had to do it once.
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-26-2013, 07:49 AM
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I agree with everything Cherie said.
She's got your number. Ground work will help, but every time you get off (or she throws you) when she bucks you are encouraging that behavior. You need to have someone ride her through that if you can't.
Also, always try to end on a good note. If I'm short on time and I can feel the horse is getting frustrated, I'll go back to something I know they can do, and end it there. I'm not saying not to work on the problems, just make sure you have plenty of time when you do.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.

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post #16 of 17 Old 11-03-2013, 07:04 AM
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I can relate to this completely ;) For my mare we made arena work more interesting, jumps, lots of poles to trot over in interesting shapes, and generally things to keep them occupied and find it fun!
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post #17 of 17 Old 11-03-2013, 04:04 PM
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What is the footing like in the arena? If it is very bad, rough, lumpy or deep it may be that it is bothering her somehow?

Do you have videos of you in the arena riding?

That would help.

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