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post #11 of 32 Old 07-29-2013, 10:12 AM
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Thanks, BorntoRun, I will study those!

And thanks to all for the tips.

churumbeque and greentree, good advice. I will ask someone to come along.

I know the trails pretty well (I've ridden them with the horse I used to lease at the same barn), and walking a bit of them in hand is a good idea.

Nancy, thanks good idea about having someone take me through the proper reactions for all kinds of spooks.

I think I'll start walking him on the trails like some of you suggested. I'm very comfortable on the ground with him even when he's alarmed, and he listens even when he's frightened, so I think we can start with that while we continue our arena work.

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If there's someone at the barn you are really comfortable with, who has a horse that will pony, why not have them take you out on the trail on a pony line? You can have the bridle on and do all the steering and such, but having him on a pony line can be your "emergency back up plan". A nice, LONG, ride will do a lot to calm both of your nerves.
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2, He has gotten nervous a few times in hand. Once a yellow jacket was harassing him (stalked him all across the property) and he wouldn't stand still. He didn't try to bolt away from me, but he was skittering around in circles around me to try to get away from it.
I have to admit, I'm on Sam's side on this one. I'd be skittering around and trying to get away, too
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I have to admit, I'm on Sam's side on this one. I'd be skittering around and trying to get away, too
No kidding! I was trying to kill that little jerk, but man was he persistent. Sam plus stingy things looks like me plus spiders.

On that topic, I mentioned it because I'm wondering what you would expect your horse to do. I don't mind him fidgeting a bit if something is bothering him, but is that reaction an indication he might take off under saddle if it happened then?
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If there's someone at the barn you are really comfortable with, who has a horse that will pony, why not have them take you out on the trail on a pony line?
I'll ask around about this. There are several experienced trail riders at my barn, and I bet they wouldn't mind.
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DON'T trail ride your horse until you feel really confident that he will listen to you no matter what happens. Trail riding ISN'T the default horse activity. It takes a very well mannered horse to ride safely on the trails with or without a buddy. Lots of serious accidents have happened when someone took their green horse out. A "greenie" won't listen to anyone, INCLUDING another horse, even if that horse is sane and well broken. You can have a runaway and get thrown or knocked off. Every time I work around my fruit trees with my big floppy hat and knock into the limb with my head that I forgot was there I am reminded of how it really hurts, and I'm not moving at 40 mph.
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No kidding! I was trying to kill that little jerk, but man was he persistent. Sam plus stingy things looks like me plus spiders.

On that topic, I mentioned it because I'm wondering what you would expect your horse to do. I don't mind him fidgeting a bit if something is bothering him, but is that reaction an indication he might take off under saddle if it happened then?
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When something like that starts bothering my horses, I start moving away from the stingy thing, in the direction of a bottle of fly spray. Then I'll dance with them while I try to spray or otherwise kill the thing. Out on trail the best defense is prevention. I use spray, foam and roll on fly preparations to cover ALL the bases and it helps repel the little buggers. I also spray down the legs of my pants and on my arms with the stuff to keep them off of ME. So, no, I don't feel like my horses would take off if a stingy came around because they don't land.

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I second and third what everyone else has said, great advice!

I would wait a while until you get the gaits down and is totally familiar with the new surroundings. He needs to learn to listen.

Maybe he's anticipating a trail ride? Did the previous owner mostly trail him? Mine act wonky before a trail because they are anticipating it. Faster gaits, some refusals towards the pasture, they want to get gone! As soon as I'm off they are 100%. Not that that is a great thing and I spent months getting them each good here before I took them out. So stick with it, make him listen now and slow down. If he keeps this up jump off and lunge the tar out of him. The get back on and see if he will slow down. Do this quick and be firm so he knows what's up.

I also agree that you need a trail master buddy on the first ride.

As far as the wasps... It's all you when dealing with those. My horses will stand for just about anything but its because they know I'll unleash the wrath of God on any stinging/biting thing!
Best advice is hang out in the pasture with him and swat flies off him. He'll figure out that he needs to stick by you and stay still, knowing you will eliminate it.
While getting my mare trimmed last week a mad wasp landed on her back while my farrier was working on her hind leg. She stood stone cold still while I shooed it away. It was on her back!
They all come running if they see me near the gate when the flies are bad.

Take your time, safe trails!
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