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    02-27-2012, 02:24 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
My reins are one piece 10 foot, with screw lock o rings, so they double as a lead line, tie line, lunge line when needed, unclip them from the bit, clip em to the halter.
Depends on the horse though. I think walking slow down the trail does more good with him, he's just gotten in too good a shape for running in circles to phase him much. He speaks with a french accent like those dudes in the castle in MOnty Pythons search for the Holly Grail,
While lungiing in fast circles, Bo tells me ,
"I fart in your general direction, you english Kaaaaa nig hit "
"Come back here and I shall taunt you a second time"
Now ****it on the other hand hated running, a few laps at a run/walk would straighten him right out..
LOL

You're right. You gotta know which buttons to push.
     
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    02-27-2012, 02:44 PM
  #12
Foal
Several good thoughts here. I think you did well. My experience has been that horses do have a very good sense of how their rider is feeling. I think there is some truth to the theory that a horse can tell you a lot about its owner/rider by it's behavior. It may be a good idea for you to ride out a little bit on your own on another horse to build your confidence. Also it would be interesting to see how your horse would react under a very confident rider. I know I am always amazed how my horses react when I put different people on them. Of times a child who doesn't know better than to be very confident and comfortable gets a better response from a horse than a nervous adult or teen.
     
    02-27-2012, 03:18 PM
  #13
Green Broke
To me-First Rule is stay safe-you did that. I used to go out alone, but after a few years of not doing that I now ride w/at leat 1 other GOOD horseperson. IT's limiting, but so are injuries, & since I moved to another state & very different riding conditions it would not be smart for me to go out alone There are free range cows, & I don't know too many people out here in the boonies so I have to keep that First Rule uppermost in my mind. Good Luck to you!
     
    02-27-2012, 05:23 PM
  #14
Foal
Thank you all for your comments! I really, truly appreciate it. I went out with the barn owner this morning and she had me lead. I could feel him tense up at three spots in which he wanted to act up. I drove him through it and he was great! I was especially nervous at the point where he had acted up yesterday, but she told me to focus on something farther up the trail and act like nothing would happen in that spot. He went through it without any issue.

She suggested (and I agreed) that I'm not ready to go out alone yet. It was actually pretty dumb of me to try it. I definitely learned a lot though. In another month, we are going to go out with walkie talkies and ride apart, but with her close enough to "rescue" me if anything goes wrong. I will probably ride a whole lot more confidently knowing that she is out there and maybe he will behave better that way. I really want to learn to be a rider and not a passenger. Riding out alone together seems like a good way to really begin to trust one another. I think I just need to slow it down a realize that this day will come and it's better not to rush it.

Now the mounting thing is a whole other issue that I will need to create it's own post for. :) Thanks again everyone.
     
    02-27-2012, 05:41 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Next time you go out with a friend you might just want to try riding side by side a little distance apart, leap frogging where you lead, then your friend leads, etc. Just practice some separation without it being all or nothing. Riding parallel at a distance, then come back towards eachother, and away again, etc.

This is actually a very common problem with horses, and probably has less to little to do with you, so don't feel like it's your fault. A barn sour/ buddy sour horse can be a handful for anyone. Some are easier to fix than others. Yes, rider confidence can help, but it is basically a problem with the horse, not you.

It should be something you guys can overcome as you both gain confidence. You have to gain confidence in yourself and the horse, and the horse has to gain confidence in you, and that nothing scary will happen if it goes out alone. So it should get better as you guys work together more and more. Even riding out with another person a bunch of times before you go solo again should help you and your horse learn to trust each other and give the horse confidence nothing bad is out on the trail waiting to eat him.
     
    02-27-2012, 05:44 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Newby32    
Thank you all for your comments! I really, truly appreciate it. I went out with the barn owner this morning and she had me lead. I could feel him tense up at three spots in which he wanted to act up. I drove him through it and he was great! I was especially nervous at the point where he had acted up yesterday, but she told me to focus on something farther up the trail and act like nothing would happen in that spot. He went through it without any issue.

She suggested (and I agreed) that I'm not ready to go out alone yet. It was actually pretty dumb of me to try it. I definitely learned a lot though. In another month, we are going to go out with walkie talkies and ride apart, but with her close enough to "rescue" me if anything goes wrong. I will probably ride a whole lot more confidently knowing that she is out there and maybe he will behave better that way. I really want to learn to be a rider and not a passenger. Riding out alone together seems like a good way to really begin to trust one another. I think I just need to slow it down a realize that this day will come and it's better not to rush it.

Now the mounting thing is a whole other issue that I will need to create it's own post for. :) Thanks again everyone.
I was going to type out a reply, but it sounds like you're getting a pretty good handle on things. I'm glad to hear your BO is helping you out Good luck, and keep at it.
     
    02-27-2012, 06:18 PM
  #17
Green Broke
If I didnt ride alone I wouldnt get much riding in. It has gotten so bad I almost can't stand to ride with anyone. Seems like I am either holding my horse back out of their butt, or constantly having to stop and wait. That's if I can ever actually get them in the saddle. Don't know what it is about women (almost all of the riders I know are women) but they seem to have a completey different view of time than I do, When I say ride out a 10, that means ride out at 10, not come dragging butt into the parking lot at around 11.
I do know about the safety aspect though. Even though I am getting borse with it, during the week I usually ride at a nearby federal park that borders an Army base. Even though you are alone, you are never really alone. There are enough joggers coming by that you probably wont lay there and bleed for long.
     
    02-27-2012, 06:26 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I hear you about that punctuality-that bugs me too.My last riding partner would sometimes run a few minutes late, but she learned to let me know, & she was excellent at knowing the lay of the land. My new riding partner is on time, & our horses don't have a problem , despite I have both a gaited horse & a long-legged Arabian & she's riding a QH! But she's small, agile & really likes to go too.And she'll go out both W/E days if at all possible.
     
    02-27-2012, 06:29 PM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
If I didnt ride alone I wouldnt get much riding in. It has gotten so bad I almost can't stand to ride with anyone. Seems like I am either holding my horse back out of their butt, or constantly having to stop and wait. That's if I can ever actually get them in the saddle. Don't know what it is about women (almost all of the riders I know are women) but they seem to have a completey different view of time than I do, When I say ride out a 10, that means ride out at 10, not come dragging butt into the parking lot at around 11.
I do know about the safety aspect though. Even though I am getting borse with it, during the week I usually ride at a nearby federal park that borders an Army base. Even though you are alone, you are never really alone. There are enough joggers coming by that you probably wont lay there and bleed for long.
Joe- That's why I decided to be brave enough to attempt this myself. I hate having to rely on other riders all the time. Yesterday, was gorgeous and there was no one available to ride with. I have such limited time that I can make riding happen that I hate spending an hour of it waiting on someone. Someone will be available to ride with, but may take 45 minutes to groom, saddle, and lunge. I always try to get out there at least 30 minutes prior to the ride time. I don't think everyone thinks that way. I really wanted to be more independent on this, but I guess I just need to have a little patience. In time, I will be making solo trips with greater ease.
     
    02-27-2012, 06:49 PM
  #20
Weanling
I would ride with others for now. It sounds to me like your boy has minimal time riding alone and you do too. If you don't feel safe, then don't do it yet. I would instead ride out with other people and try to make your horse lead right from the strt where he is most uncomfortabe (my mare doesn't like leading out -i have only ridden her out once alone and it was just in our field as that was when winter came and she was finally broke enough to do it) I make her lead as often as possible until she is no longer trying to slow and go into the back. She is always fine leading home because she knows where we are going and is comfortable. But leading on the way is more scary to her, so I make her do it. That way for you, if he gets out of hand you can have another rider keep riding past him calmly so he stettles and is managable again. The more you make him lead the more comfortable you and he will get and eventually you should be able to ride way ahead of everyone else and he will be fine. That is the point when you should ride alone I think, for your own comfort as well as his. Ease him into it, if it is your first time riding alone you don't want to ruin it for yourself either if he is inexperienced.

Edited -> just read up and saw you did lead another horse. Way to go!
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