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        07-29-2013, 08:29 PM
      #21
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by SammysMom    
    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?
    I don't have enough experience to say. All I've actually run into with Ellie are deerflies and the occasional horsefly, and her reaction is mostly head shaking & a little bit of dancing around. Pretty much the same with the other horses I was riding with, too.
         
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        07-30-2013, 10:49 AM
      #22
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by SammysMom    
    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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    I don't usually ride my gelding on trails anymore, he's pain to ride out alone, so my dad rides him when we all go out. My mare will usually shy or jump away from something she doesn't like, but she fine after we get passed it. I've only had one incident where the horses have bolted, and I was able to see it coming. My parents and I were out on a ride together, we were walking single file on path beside the corn field and trees, and a deer jumped out of the bushes about four feet in front of my gelding. I was watching him, because my dad my sound when he stopped very suddenly. He tensed up and when the deer jumped out he, and my mare (along with I) tore off in the opposite direction. I don't think his fidgeting is an indication he might take off, if you're anticipating it, he might, but my gelding dances around but he's ever only taken off that one time.
         
        07-31-2013, 10:01 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    BornToRun, thanks, good to know your gelding is a dancer without running ;)

    Corporal, thanks, you're right — I definitely won't rush it. I don't think I'd consider him green as he's done lots with his former owners, but I'm green, so it's obviously not a good idea to rush anything.

    Dreamcatcher and FlyGap, very helpful! It hadn't occurred to me to make it my situation so the horse trusts that he'll be safe.

    And FlyGap, interesting about the anticipating-the-trail thing. He was mainly used for trails and hadn't really been ridden at all for a while when I got him, so it's possible he's anticipating doing something more interesting, haha.

    Today I took him to the outdoor riding area (a dirt "ring" without a fence) and he did awesome! I lunged him first and made sure he didn't seem nervous or anything, and we were fine :) A couple of other people came out to lunge their jumpers, who don't get turnout and are a little wild when they haven't been worked, and Sam didn't react at all to them bucking and causing a scene ;) We were adjacent to the Scary Deer Spot, but not so much as a snort, so I'm hoping it's not a big deal.

    It seems like he's getting better and better, and I think it has a lot to do with me, as you've all said. As I relax with him, he relaxes. After that yellow jacket incident (not much of an incident anyway), he's had them buzz around him again and didn't do more than stomp and swat.

    I'll keep working with him both inside and outside for at least a few weeks before I think about trying the trails, but I am very optimistic :) So in general, THANK YOU! For all the advice and support. I think I've got a really great horse on my hands
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        08-02-2013, 10:01 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Many people are nervous the first time while trail riding with a new horse. I purchased Star about a little over a month ago, and took him on the trails by himself. At first he was nervous being a 5 year-old Gelding, but now is enjoying new sights and experiences here in the Smoky Mountains where I take him out three times a week. Did a little arena work to get him neck reined and still working on getting him to back up. Once you take your horse out there and keep doing so, you will have loads of fun and experiences.
         
        08-02-2013, 11:48 AM
      #25
    Started
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    Originally Posted by SammysMom    
    It seems like he's getting better and better, and I think it has a lot to do with me, as you've all said. As I relax with him, he relaxes.
    Bingo!!!!!

    Don't wait too long before you get out on the trails. We have this month and next month and then it will rain until June...after the Rose Festival to be exact!

    Lots of really good advice here. The goal is to be comfortable and safe and get out there and enjoy that good horse.
         
        08-13-2013, 01:55 PM
      #26
    Foal
    I actually thought about doing this with my gelding, because he has spooked a few times around my farm and the last time landed me with an L1 compression fracture and SI joint injury. I wondered if it was just a crazy idea to take him out to check out the surroundings. Do you saddle up the horse? Do you let the horse nibble on some grass or do you expect under saddle behavior?


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    Originally Posted by nickers103    
    I agree with SouthernTrailsGA in that he may be a bit nervous of his new surroundings at first. Take as much time as the both of you need to adjust to one another and allow him to settle in to his new surroundings.

    One of the things that I like to do is to take the horse for a walk on some of the trails that we will later ride. I've found this to be beneficial when I want to eventually be able to ride the horse solo (without other horses along). I find it gives the horse a chance to check out the new scenery, yet still feel comfortable about my presence being there on the ground. Eventually we just work our way up to longer walks, me in the saddle, etc.
         
        08-13-2013, 03:14 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    I never tacked mine up to walk her, just a halter & lead rope. Stop to nibble grass occasionally, yes, but not whenever she wants - though that is under-saddle behavior for us. (The rule is that she can nibble any time we're stopped, and whenever possible I try to stop where there's good grass.)
         
        08-19-2013, 03:07 AM
      #28
    Weanling
    We did it!! Sam and I took our first trail ride Friday, and it was AWESOME! We went with two others — a calm, seasoned horse and his rider, and the horse I used to lease (who I had taken on the trails). Sam and I were the caboose, I made sure to stay totally relaxed, and he was such a perfect gentleman! We went out close to dusk, which I probably wouldn't have chosen as our first time, but it's rare to catch a group ready to go out, and we ran across a deer, a bunch of quail and a few rabbits, and Sammy didn't seem to care at all. I questioned for a minute whether he had even seen the deer because he didn't react at all, but he had to have seen and smelled it because it was prancing around the clearing like 25 feet away from us.

    I'm so thrilled!!! He just keeps proving himself to be such a great horse.

    Dustbunny, hey, fellow Oregonian!!
         
        08-19-2013, 10:14 AM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Good to hear you had a good ride!
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        08-30-2013, 09:27 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    I agree with others to stay in the arena until you are more confident and practice those one rein stops. I have been riding trails for many many years and advise you to just keep riding and remember you are the boss.
         

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