2nd show ever!!
I have my show on Sunday, the 8th. It is my 2nd show ever. And is so nerve racking!! Guess whhhhaaaaaat? The ring is grass! Great! Cause wanna know what Secret did yesterday? Well I led her half way in the gate and I took off the halter. I slapped her butt to encourgaage her to go in. She almost runs me over and she runs to the grass! I am so mad!!!! I yanked her back to the pasture. I am afraid that in showmanship she will like run me over to eat grass! SO MAD! Whatev. Am I just be over dramatic or do you think this might be a promblem!!
It seems like you are not the boss of your horse. I would not try to go in a halter class unless my horse respected me and listened to me and had manners on the ground. Even worse under saddle. If you slapped your horse on the rump, what do you expect? She will run forward or even kick out. It seems as of she needs a little more training on the ground. She needs to respect you. She went for the grass because she knew that she was going to get away with it. Next time she does that, click her up and oull her head up and keep walking. Don't giver her time to go for the grass, be prepared. Walk confidently past the grass and be preapered for her to snatch at it.
But good luck on your show and I hope to see some pictures :D
You let your horse go into the ring, let her go, but got mad at her for going to go eat grass? Give mixed signals much? Of course she went for the grass because YOU let her GO.
Take her back into the ring and walk her around with her halter and leadshank a few times, and don't let her eat.
Definitely being over dramatic.....
Both of you don't understand :(. My horse was going in to the pasture (note their was no grass in the pasture) she was past halfway in. She was like all the way in. Then all of a sudden she turned around and ran over me. I have complete control of my horse under saddle and on the ground. My mare won't get away with doing that. When she trotted to the grass on the side of the path to the pasture. I walkked over to her and yanked her head off the ground, put her halter on and walked her up and down the path for a few minutes before putting her in her pasture. What I was trying to get through to you was that she is food driven. But, don't worry about it, show is over. If you wanna know how it went, posting another thread about another promblem at the show.
You can't get mad at a horse for being a horse. Next time, you should lead her in close the gate THEN take her halter off. She's not disrespecting you because your giving off the vibe that she's able to do what she want...
Um she was halfway into the gate so I'm not sure, ya know how I could have made her more closer to the gate?
IMO I would never take a horse's halter off until they were IN the gate and it was locked. Especially as I live near a busy road and god knows what may send them running off towards the road..
ALWAYS have the horse 100% in the gate and turned around facing the gate before leting them go. Any proper trainer would have taught you to atleast put them in the gate first.
So first she was half way in, then she was all the way in, then she was half way in again? Which is it?
I always walk my horse into the field, close the gate, then take them a few meters into the field, make them face the gate, then pull the halter off. This way they can't run into me, or push past me. I remain in control at all times. They are not allowed to eat until I have taken off their halter.
Xela....awesome avatar. I meant to comment on it before when I saw it, but never did.
I agree with the above, ALWAYS take the horse all the way into the field, turn the horse to face the gate and ensure the gate is closed before you let the horse go. This way if the horse decides to take off bucking and squealing it first ha to spin and turn round. This gives you time to get out of the way of flying feet, but only if you are actualy watching the horse and know it could do that.
And before you say your horse would never do that ALL horses are capable and all horses will occassionaly do it. Even my 30+ year artheritic ol fogies will still have a good buck and squeal occassionaly.
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