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HarleyWood 10-23-2011 03:37 PM

Calming my horse down??
 
i have a 3 year old paint that i got with a friend so my mom could come with me hes 14.3hh and he looks like he could have some mustange in him. he is amiash trained and very well mannored, in hand and in saddle. but the problem is hes very hyper and skiddish he wont come to us in the pasture if we have a halter or lead rope. we have tryed treats, oats, hay, just standing there and letting him come to us. the only thing that works is taking my other 2 horses out and then hes better but still doesnt wanna come. i try to ride him every once and a while but he never comes and it takes forever to catch them all. when i ride he seems tense and just scared. all i do is ride not hard or anything just walk and trot. any advise? we dont have the money to send him to a trainer and when we do im sending my other paint to get finnished.:? he is a gelding

Kiviknon 10-23-2011 04:08 PM

It's going to take time and practice. Even if it's to grab him everyday with grain. He will learn when the halter comes out so does grain. But on the other hand he may not ever adapt to it.

kevinshorses 10-23-2011 04:32 PM

If you want him to get better then you need to catch him every day and ride him much more often than "once in a while".

brackenbramley 10-23-2011 04:43 PM

lots and lots of time and patience and making sure the horse has no pain, or probs to start with x

hollybabiee613 10-23-2011 07:30 PM

I have a 15 year old morgan mare. I have had her for two years now. She is very hyper, but good natured and wants to learn but she is too anxious all the time. She isn't spooky or anything but once i start riding it is a constant pulling war. She puts her head up and just pulls to jumps, cantering, the only time she doesn't pull is when we are walking on a loose rein or trotting when we first start out. Once we have cantered once she just gets more anxious and anxious minute by minute. I have tried everything and I just don't know what to do. It has gotten to the point where she is dangerous around corners after jumps because she goes so fast she slips. I don't want to constantly fight with her because I kow she doesn't do it to be bad. Please help I don't know what to do!

ShinaKonga 10-23-2011 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by hollybabiee613 (Post 1209527)
I have a 15 year old morgan mare. I have had her for two years now. She is very hyper, but good natured and wants to learn but she is too anxious all the time. She isn't spooky or anything but once i start riding it is a constant pulling war. She puts her head up and just pulls to jumps, cantering, the only time she doesn't pull is when we are walking on a loose rein or trotting when we first start out. Once we have cantered once she just gets more anxious and anxious minute by minute. I have tried everything and I just don't know what to do. It has gotten to the point where she is dangerous around corners after jumps because she goes so fast she slips. I don't want to constantly fight with her because I kow she doesn't do it to be bad. Please help I don't know what to do!

You should start a thread. Go to the 'Horse Training' page and click the 'New Thread' button on the top left corner.

tinyliny 10-23-2011 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by HarleyWood (Post 1209303)
i have a 3 year old paint that i got with a friend so my mom could come with me hes 14.3hh and he looks like he could have some mustange in him. he is amiash trained and very well mannored, in hand and in saddle. but the problem is hes very hyper and skiddish he wont come to us in the pasture if we have a halter or lead rope. we have tryed treats, oats, hay, just standing there and letting him come to us. the only thing that works is taking my other 2 horses out and then hes better but still doesnt wanna come. i try to ride him every once and a while but he never comes and it takes forever to catch them all. when i ride he seems tense and just scared. all i do is ride not hard or anything just walk and trot. any advise? we dont have the money to send him to a trainer and when we do im sending my other paint to get finnished.:? he is a gelding


So, is your main question how to catch him? you have a bunch of things that you talk about here. I would say , that with regard to the title of your thread, calming him down, remember that he is a BABY. SErioulsy. three years old is still very young. It will be his nature to be nervous, especially in unfamiliar territory. YOu know the nature of a horse, right? Fearful and wary is the way they are, by nature. So, the only thing you can do is to make him feel less fearful. To do that you have to be such a confident leader, that he can hand over his concern to you . Really.
you cannot calm him by petting him or talking to him, only.

First of all , expect him to behave like a baby, if he is one, and he is.
SEcond of all, look around on the forum for threads about catching horses that don't want to be caught (there are lots of them) and lastly, look into maybe learning a bit about ground work that will biuld your abitlity to become a better leader for the horse.

HarleyWood 10-23-2011 09:21 PM

He has amazin ground mannors and is sarting to come to us in the pasture, i know he is young, i have tryed a lot with him i tryed putin him in our round pen an he was a better horse but he hay is in the pasture along with water and shelter. I do catch him and get on bare back and just ride around but his head is always up and i cant get him to calm down. He is for my mom i just ride him to keep him in shape. But someday i dont trust him to put anyone else on even some of my horse friends. He just gets into his head that something is out to get him. Even at home in the pasture.
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mom2pride 10-23-2011 10:14 PM

Only miles and confident riding will sort out his spookiness undersaddle. When he gets spooky or "looky" and stuff, don't just sit there and try to ride it out hoping he won't spook, or that he will just settle down. Give him a job to do, and refocus his mind. So if he is tense and looking at something around him, start doing circles or serpentines, or just go back and forth near that object...you're not focusing on making him approach it, you are only focusing on getting his attention back on you, and to help him use his mind, rather than just reacting to everything around him.

Example: one afternoon when I was riding my mare, there was another horse and rider in the arena, and she was a very uh...loud rider, constantly yelling at her horse, clicking, kissing, whistling, etc...well my mare wasn't quite sure what to take of that, and got nervous. Instead of trying to hold her at a walk, I just put her feet (and thus mind) to work...since there was only two of us in the arena at that time, I was able to use the entire center of the arena while the other rider rode the rail. We did circle work, and serpentines, etc, at trot and canter. When I felt my mare start to relax and settle down, I eventually stopped her near enough to the rail so she could still hear the other rider, and just let her stand and relax there; if she would have gotten nervous again, I would have put her back to work, but she stood, leg cocked, and fell asleep. I then walked her around the arena to cool her out, still focusing on keeping her full attention, but keeping it slow. When she was cooled out a bit, I set her by the rail again, and let her rest some more.


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