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ElaineLighten 01-11-2012 06:12 PM

Going for my first solo hack tomorrow...nervous from incident!!
 
I'm a little nervous as I've only walked the route once...yesterday, I was on my part loan (Gabby) and the girl showing me the hack (Sophie) was walking her old pony (Pom) on a lead rope. Toward the end of the hack (final road) she jumps on Pom for a bareback ride home. Pom started trotting, so Gabby picks up trot. I think it's ok, it's the road, at least we're not going fast. Then I hear Sophie say "I actually can't stop, I can't stop him!" And BOOM, Pom breaks into a canter/gallop, and Gabby did NOT want to be left behind! I held back on giving her the rein until I saw some grass on the side of the road where we went from her ridiculously fast trot to canter. I know at the end of this road is a busy dual carriageway, so even though I feel secure in the saddle I'm worried we're going to get hit by a car!! Then ahead of me I see Sophie throw herself off Pom, into the dirt, get dragged for a little bit then stop, me and Gabby keep on going because she's so strong! I eventually get her to stop (by pulling her into a wooded area), both horses are fine, Sophie is fine, and we take them for a walk in the school for a cool down. I don't think Gabby would do that on her own, she was just following the pony, I really don't think she understood it wasn't supposed to happen!!
Luckily if I get lost I've been assured that Gabby definately knows her way home!!
Does anybody have any tips? I have plenty of reflective gear and will be taking some water and a mobile phone :)

Skyseternalangel 01-11-2012 06:20 PM

I would not go on your own without leading your horse in hand down the trail first. Especially if your horse wasn't listening to you and following the other naughty horse.

That's just my advice though. My boy... if the other horses hand gallop.. he'll try to trot but he knows he better listen to me so he softly trots (when I ask) or walk (when I ask) and doesn't just bolt with me.. no matter how much nice grass is on the other end :P

What might help is working on some ground work before you go out on your own. Get your horse looking to you for the next move..

ElaineLighten 01-11-2012 06:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel (Post 1303956)
I would not go on your own without leading your horse in hand down the trail first. Especially if your horse wasn't listening to you and following the other naughty horse.

That's just my advice though. My boy... if the other horses hand gallop.. he'll try to trot but he knows he better listen to me so he softly trots (when I ask) or walk (when I ask) and doesn't just bolt with me.. no matter how much nice grass is on the other end :P

What might help is working on some ground work before you go out on your own. Get your horse looking to you for the next move..

By my own admission I kind of let her follow because I was so worried about the other girl falling off and hurting herself. I wanted to make sure she was ok, made Gabby trot most of the way, but let her canter on the grass.
Do you have any groundwork tips I could use to get her listening to me better? I do feel there is a bit of a respect issue, she's even really pushy with her owner. Not so much that I feel in danger, just, if I open a gate she is definately going through it, with or without me, treads on my feet coz she doesn't look where she's going etc etc

Skyseternalangel 01-11-2012 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by ElaineLighten (Post 1303965)
By my own admission I kind of let her follow because I was so worried about the other girl falling off and hurting herself. I wanted to make sure she was ok, made Gabby trot most of the way, but let her canter on the grass.
Do you have any groundwork tips I could use to get her listening to me better? I do feel there is a bit of a respect issue, she's even really pushy with her owner. Not so much that I feel in danger, just, if I open a gate she is definately going through it, with or without me, treads on my feet coz she doesn't look where she's going etc etc

I think what helped my horse most with listening to me was the "sending" exercise on a halter and lead rope. Basically you have them on a rope, they stand where you ask. You get by their hip (like you are going to lunge them) and you ask them to walk on in the direction you tell them. Directing with a whip (don't touch them with it) if they need clarification. You can change their direction by moving sideways (only to your left or only to your right) till you are infront of them (not directly) and clucking for them to go the other way. Sometimes pointing helps. It helps to send horses through obstacles like barrels, over things like poles..

Any kind of sacking out is good too. Sometimes just leading them around and asking to back up via spinning leadrope until they shift weight and back or asking for more (like a trot) by clucking while they are on lead and taking them through a course will get them focusing on you.
Just a tip on inhand trotting.. never let them get infront of you, you keep your speed and use the rope to keep them by your shoulder. I spin mine if he's trying to get infront of me.. pretty soon the horse stays right by you.

Okay I didn't know you were letting her follow the other horse.. but make sure SHE knows that :) If it were me, I would have kept him walking a few steps, then ask for a trot.

Hope your friend is alright


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