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Calmwaters 10-10-2011 09:59 PM

Gaining her trust.....
I keep reading about haveing the trust of your horse so they know you are the leader and how it will help them not spook as easily when on trails and such, so now my question is how do I earn the trust? I try to go at least every other day to ride Tequila but it is a 45 minute drive so I can't go every day. Any advise/tips will be greatly appreciated as I want to be able to take her on all the stunning trails around her but I can do that when she spooks at every little silly thing.:roll:

tinyliny 10-10-2011 10:07 PM

Do you know how to "send" a horse over obstacles? it's leading, but you are leading from behind. YOu have the leadline (and I prefere to use a rope halter and a 12 foot heavy rope leadline) and you use the weight of the leadline to kind of "suggest" to the horse to move forward , past you . You can support this with a driving pressure from your hand, a whip or the tail end of the leadline. You send your horse ahead of you, over ground poles, or through a gate, around a barrel , between two obstacles , up onto anything "bridge" like.

You get good at sending your horse, having them stop , turn around and come back to you and sending them the other direction. This builds a connection in them in looking to you for direction. The more intersting and challenging things you can come up with for your horse to be sent through, the more the horse builds confidence in itself, too.

Trust , for you horse, means that you KNOW what you want to happen and have a very clear intention in your direction. Horses become easily upset and then have to "take over" if they are not sure that the human knows what is going to happen next. So, you have to stay one step ahead in your ground play. If you are going to send him over an obstacle, you must "know" that you only want him to go over, then stop and turn, not go over and then ?

Even if you aren't sure what to do or why, pick something, and go with it with conviction. Your horse won't know that you randomly selected that.

ReiningGirl 10-11-2011 12:04 AM

I would recommend getting Clinton Anderson's "Gaining Trust and Control on the Ground" DVD. He has a lot of great ways to get yout horse using the "thinking" side of her brain, rather than the "reacting" side, which is the one that spooks. Essentially, you gain their trust by being able to move their feet, get their hindquarters away from you, and have them back up. Look into it! Groundwork is an excellent way to gain trust and better control when you're in the saddle!

Calmwaters 10-11-2011 09:38 AM

Thanks you guys do you think I could find a video of what your talking about on You tube? I will also see about getting the video your talking about.

Beling 10-11-2011 03:07 PM

All good advice. Unfortunately, what happens during training doesn't always carry over into the real world. I'm sure it helps; I KNOW it helps; but if you have a spooky horse, you really have to work them there, on the trails, and teach them to face their fears right there on the trail. So my advice is just this: always give yourself plenty of time when riding out.

Saddlebag 10-11-2011 05:06 PM

CA does have a vid on utube. It's listed as Spooky horses. Every time the horse even thinks of spooking, in other words it's focus is elsewhere he puts it to work circling trees, rocks, backing around something, sidepassing. If time is taken to do this each time the horse will quit worrying so much as to what's "out there" and stay more focused on the rider.

iridehorses 10-11-2011 05:20 PM

Cherie has a great thread about trail horses

Calmwaters 10-11-2011 08:40 PM

Thanks Iride thats were I kept reading about how it is important to get the horse to trust you but was not reading how to get that trust. ; ) Thanks everyone else. She had been riden on trails alot by a 10 year old girl and was never a problem but she was always out with other horses I think maybe haveing the other horses around made her feel safer, What do you guys think?

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