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SorrelHorse 10-29-2011 10:35 PM

Selena - Doing Great! (Just a bit of a success story)
So Selena hasn't really been ridden because of her sharp tooth (It took FOREVER to get the vet out because of some emergencies) and the first few rides she was broncy. Mom got nervous so she stopped her, and after a long amount of persuasion I convinced her to let me whip her butt so hard she'd stop.

And guess what? It worked. I grabbed the reins with one hand when she bucked and hit her with the over and under so hard I think she'll have a mark there for awhile.

Big surprise though, she has not even mildly shown any resistance since then. Picks up the lope without bucking or rearing, changing leads smoother, stoping and running down without bracing.

I think she just needed the snot beat out of her. She's been getting away with stuff for so long because my Mom isn't the most confident rider, especially since her balance is bad (Inner ear thing in process of healing) and just got out of surgery. I let Mom ride her after that and she was good for that too.

I'm so happy this is working out. I took her out bareback with a halter only and rode her with no problems. I really hope things keep going like this. I'm going to take her out on the trail when I'm not schooling because I think that will be good therapy for her to get away from the stress of working. Maybe even take her to play in the gymkhana on the 5th and lope through some poles.

LoveTheSaddlebreds 10-30-2011 01:15 PM

Good work! Sometimes horses just need a little smack to tell them to knock it off. I know my horse doesn't actually spook at anything, but being half saddlebred, she'll tell you everything is scary the first lap or so, and if I just tap her with the crop on the inside shoulder she snaps out of it.

SorrelHorse 10-30-2011 04:44 PM

Thank You ^^

My gelding is like that with spooking too! He's an Anglo Arab (TB and Arab...Asking for trouble there!) and the first time, everything is scary.

Eolith 10-30-2011 04:57 PM

It's a delicate balance, knowing when to tell them to just knock it off with a sharp smack... or when to work through it with a little more delicacy.

I rode a mare who was sort of barn sour on the trails... mostly she would just stop and call out to any other horses. I took her out on a ride one day, and every time she stopped without being told or made as though to whinny, she got a smack with the dressage whip. After that ride, she didn't do it again.

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