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megansthehorse 06-27-2008 03:18 PM

When I come to ride Lady she doesn't stop prancing!
hi all,

i am sort of breaking this hackney into been rode, she has been rode before and she used to pull the cart at the 5 mile (a gypsy thing for making their horses trot for 5 miles non stop). since my yard owner bought her due to her been un-nourished, she is well now and we have had the vet to her and then the vet said she could begin to be rode again. so we tacked her up and lunged her and sat 2 sacks of potatoes on her back and led and lunged her around, she was great. but then when i hopped on her back and i walked her around, she was great walking around and within the next month of me walking her around i went to trot her and she keeps prancing and messing about. i have even began to lunge her for half an hour before riding her and she is still prancing around. i still ride her though but i just ride her out in walk (bit boring,lol). just thought you could give me some advice.

megansthehorse 06-29-2008 08:24 AM

please help me

Naguru 06-29-2008 08:53 AM

Hi. The old Dressage training solution: walk about 10 steps; trot (no matter about the jigging) about 10 steps; half halt to walk 10; sqeeze up to trot 10 and then change your number, ie: 5 to 5, 8 to 8, 10 to 10, etc. As soon as the horse responds, lengthen reins and dismount. Hang out for a bit; mount and do it again. The Rider's message: pay attention, please, don't anticipate, get it right: walk, trot and get instant reward. Be patient, be happy, the horse should lose anxiety and gain quiet. Don't startle the horse, just ask. Don't work too long and become boring...short works 2/3 times a day if possible.
Another aid: have someone else lunge the horse with you in the saddle; walk and trot and walk and trot and you going along for the ride...time, take your time...happy trails, :wink: Naguru

loosie 06-29-2008 05:44 PM

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Are you absolutely sure there are no pain issues, with the saddle or otherwise? Horses will often tolerate an uncomfortable saddle at a walk, but it becomes painful when they speed up. If she just won't relax, I'd be looking at pain/discomfort before attempting to train her out of it.

megansthehorse 07-06-2008 06:46 AM

i read your post a few days ago and i got a saddle person/back person in and it was the pain/discomfort in her saddle. thanks. now i am just training her how to jump. and she trots and canters over trotting poles


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