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post #11 of 18 Old 12-01-2013, 07:17 PM
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I have no idea of your set up, but we always leave it up to the horse whether or not they come in. The doors are open so they can come and go as they please.
You can't change the weather, but you can cut down on the amount of change in routine.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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post #12 of 18 Old 12-01-2013, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
Cooler temperatures do bring out the friskiness in horses as it is more agreeable to them.
Agree 100%. Experienced this just yesterday when we were out hacking - it was a nice comfortably cool day, nice soft footing everywhere with some fresh snow, and boy were they energetic.

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post #13 of 18 Old 12-01-2013, 08:24 PM
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I would suggest free lunging before you ride- it gives them time to let out those extra bucks and wears them out a bit so they're not as crazy when you ride
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post #14 of 18 Old 12-10-2013, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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Hi just thought I would give an update on this situation. I have got myself a really great instructor who is giving me and my horse 3 lessons a week. 2 ridden lessons and 1 handling lesson. In 3 weeks I can not believe the change in him, he has really settled down in his routine . he is nice and calm to hack and has become so much easier to school. On the ground he is his normal polite self and no pushing or shoving or dragging me to the field. It's all at my pace. I wish he could stop out 24/7 but our yard owner does not allow this , but I feel I have made massive progress with him and also I have learnt so much . Thank you for your reply's .
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post #15 of 18 Old 12-10-2013, 06:34 AM
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Good to hear. I wish more people here would opt for seeking help or using a good coach when the advice is offered to them or it's clear that they NEED a professionals help or guidance. So many people post here with problems or difficultly learning but refuse to seek help because they're always convinced they can fix something themselves, or that they don't need help to begin with.
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post #16 of 18 Old 12-10-2013, 09:24 PM
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Being a little hyper is to be expected...but bucking and all that? No..
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post #17 of 18 Old 12-17-2013, 02:53 PM
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That's great news on your update. I have a 4 yo Mustang that I just got in Oct. He was a solid, quiet boy...never know he's a Mustang. But the cool weather combined with some herd changes, he became quite spooky. In fact he bucked me off 3 weeks ago when someone reprimanded him while under saddle (they used too much pressure and should have allowed me to do the correction but they meant well). We have been doing lots of ground work and he has settled in. He's the leader and has more confidence but still occasionally gets worried on those more drastic weather changes such as sudden gusts of wind, quick temp drops with rain, etc. I have to keep him on a regular training schedule and I work him everytime I see him and he's doing well. I have a trainer I work with too (I was training with her with my last horse), and she helps me fill in the gaps when I need help. Kudos for enlisting the help of a trainer and wish you the best for continuued success!
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-21-2013, 03:00 PM
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I'm glad you have a coach to help you out and the situation has improved. You have to be a leader for your horse and show him that it's not ok to drag you around. I've owned several young horses over the years and though you should be somewhat forgiving with a young horse when they get a little spoked or frisky it's not an excuse for them to act that way all the time. I expect my two two year olds to have just about the same manners as my two adult horses. Just because a horse is young doesn't mean you have to let them get away with bad manners. Sometimes they need a correction or a reminder here and there which is fine. I work with my young horses somewhat regularly usually when they need a reminder to relax I give them a bump on the lead and a voice cue. Sometimes you just need to remind them to focus back on you. Good luck keep working with him he'll get there.

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