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i need advice!
Well first off i have a few questions that i need to ask about my horses
These few Questions are about my Thoroughbred Mare Lady
1. Are Thoroughbreds trots usually real rough? i can post trot but i swear im gonna give myself a black eye one of these days while everything is bouncing while trotting on her.
2. HOW CAN I GET HER TO STOP?! ok she is an ex race horse. we start galloping and its real hard to make her stop i can pull back full force i know thats bad but she will not stop at all and i dont want to hurt her but if i cant make her stop she will hurt us both!
3. she only gallops by the ditch i guess because of the ditch trail looking like a race track.. but i cant get her to just walk she immediately goes to trotting then galloping. am i using the wrong bit for her? i use i think its a snaffle bit.. the one that just bends in the middle so when u try to stop her it breaks in the middle..
These are about my QH cross
1. we are begining training on him you can saddle him up and everything but he is real spooked. he rides fine as long as he is with lady and i but as soon as we are out of sight he will freeze and spook by any sound what can i do to help with that?
2. he is always trying to eat he will stop anywhere and try bending down to eat. then when you try to make him go forward or pull his head up he starts pawing the ground or rears a bit so he can eat. HE IS NOT BEING STARVED HE ALWAYS HAS FOOD!
thats all for now. someone please help me
First teach lady a one rein stop it'll save you a ton of fight.
As for your qh cross take him out for walks away from lady saddled or not either works. Also sack him out any potentially scary item you have around or can find.
Dont give him a chance to put his head down the second you feel him try to slow up or drop his head nudge him off or turn him another direction don't yank on his face.
Others may have more as well :) good luck
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2. Racehorses are trained to go FASTER the more pressure is put on their mouth/face. So when you're pulling back, she may be thinking you're telling her to GO.
3. I'm no expert. I use a double-jointed loose ring on my OTTB. He's been in retraining for almost a year, and I just got him his own bit and bridle and he has no issues so far.
Overall, if she hasn't been retrained from the track, you may want to work with her on the ground for a while. Lunging (or round-penning if you do that) is invaluable. Teach her auditory commands. "Walk on", "trot", "canter", a whistle with descending pitch to mean slow down/stop (or just a simple, firm "ho"). Keep at it until she is virtually flawless with vocal commands. That will help greatly when she is actually under saddle (from my personal experience).
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