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Becca 05-28-2007 10:26 AM

Social Idiot
Hi! I have a 6 year old Saddlebred/QH mare. She is the lead of our herd of 6 horses. She is awesome to ride. She's not spooky to anything, is very energetic, is very intelligent, easy to train...except when I'm out riding her and we pass other horses whether they're horses in a pasture or horses out riding with their owners. No matter what I do, I cannot get her to ride past them. She will not listen to any command and when I try to redirect her she will try to throw her head and act up to the point where I can yank on the reins as hard as I want and she will still go to the other horses. When we get there, she will sniff them, and if they show any signs dominance at all she will stomp and squeal. I literally have to get off her and pull her away. It's a constant struggle. Then I have to walk her about 1/4 mile away before I can get back on her without her her turning back and doing the same thing over again. I've been told there's no remedy for this. Is that true? I love everything about her except this one problem and it's a huge problem since nearly every farm within 15 mile of me has at least one horse. I'd like to be able to go for a peaceful ride on her for once but am coming to my wit's end. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Dave Singleton 05-28-2007 06:37 PM

From what you have written I feel that you may not have complete dominance over your mare which could quite possibly be causing the problems as I will explain.
In her mind she is "The Boss" over all horses and while she may submit to your authority on ground when she can't see you it can be as if you don't exist. As you mention - you need to be on the ground for her to move on and if you are a small distance away then as soon as you get back on she will start to ignore you again. You could say that when you ride her she views the relationship as more of a co-operation for most of the time rather than you being the dominant character.
As far as remedies go; yes you can probably fix it if you give time and have patience! This solution would most certainly come under the 'Parelli' and 'natural horsemanship' banner which aims to create a two-way relationship between you and your horse but with you being the one in control.
As far as this particular solution goes there are various exercises that can be done that I know of; however, I would prefer it if you either bought books etc. about this subject (Parelli is expensive; try monty roberts) as they explain it better than I could or if you could try to find an expert on these topics in your area. Reason being that I wouldn't be comfortable with you 'dabbling' without really knowing what you are doing - many of the exercises involves the horse being free which could potentially be very dangerous if you give the wrong signals!

Becca 06-02-2007 06:25 AM

Thank you for your response. I am looking into finding someone in my area who might be able to help or at least give me some tips. I have used Dennis Reis tapes. I saw him on HDTV and really liked his style of training. From what I gather he trains very similar to the Parelli style. Our neighbor borrowed me his tapes. I am hoping to succeed in conquering this issue. I'll post an update if there's anything new.

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