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post #1 of 14 Old 11-21-2010, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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First Trail Ride By Myself :D

Well I finaly did it

It went really well, Buzz was okay ish haha. Only walked and was out for just uder 2 hours I think
I have some questions of stuff that he did and how I handled it and if it was right.

Okay first one, we were walking along quite nicely, then all of a sudden Buzz freaked out and turned around, like spun around on his back legs, I immediatly made him stop as he was trying to ran away from this house, I swear he thought the house was evil, I used the one rein stop then turned him around. Walked back up to where he freaked out, he continued to make a fuss and wouldn't walk on, he was shivering cos he was that nervous.
Anyway I made him stand got off then walked him past the big scary house.
I walked him about 10m after the house and then got on him again.

Which is where the other thing happened.
He stood still while I mounted but as soon as I got on he spun around and wanted to go back. I pulled the left rein to my knee and made him do circles, as I didn't want to walk.
I didn't know how many circles to make him do cos when we are on the property, he will stop as soon as I pull his head around then I make him do one or so more, well he was going around and around.
Once he had stopped and I had stopped I tried counting to 30, if he tried to walk away he would do more circles, this was all with his head next to my knee.
I'm not to sure if that was right, but in the end I think I counted to 30 and we just walked off.
He was good after that, very energic forward walk :)

Advice is most welcome :)
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-21-2010, 10:32 PM
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Sounds to me like you handled it marvelously. The head to the knee and circlecirclecircle is the same method I use on horses that are acting silly. If he spooks at the house again next time, push him a little closer. I try to avoid getting off if I can but there has been a time or two when that was the only way to get them going forward. After the initial "See, I walked by with you and we lived", the most I ever really got was a head up and hesitant walk reaction.

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post #3 of 14 Old 11-21-2010, 10:39 PM
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sounds like you handled it just fine!!! Glad you got to go out! Congrats on that first alone ride

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post #4 of 14 Old 11-21-2010, 10:51 PM
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When my horse finds something too scary to proceed, I don't force him to approach it, but I do NOT allow him to turn his back to it. so, he tries to spin away and I put him right back, preferably against the direction he tries to spin, but if he gets around before I can counter him , I just keep him going 'til he's back where he started. Then I let him stand on as loose a rein as I dare, and if he indicated he's going to spin, I counter that with the other rein. I don't ask him to go forward until he indicates with body language, that he has a tiny bit more courage, couriosity and willingness to move forward. Could be he breathes deeply, could be he chews the bit, or lowers his head. You know.
Then we walk forward. If he needs to stop and look at it, we will, but we will not turn away. Usually he is ready to go on in a minute or two, but there have been some times when it took 10 minutes and he tried repeatedly to turn away from it.

I think you did very well in your approach. Really.
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-21-2010, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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I think I will try not to get off next time, I just couldn't believe how scared he seemed of this house.
And I was going by that if I went past it with him he should know theres nothing to be afraid of
Thanks for the input :)
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-22-2010, 05:45 AM
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I think I will try not to get off next time, I just couldn't believe how scared he seemed of this house.
And I was going by that if I went past it with him he should know theres nothing to be afraid of
One of challanges of riding out in the real world is that every day and every ride can be different, even riding the same route. Horses see, smell, and hear things that we don't or take for granted, e.g. it may not be the house itself, but something about the smell of the area.

As smrobs said, it's best to just push them along and not get off, but as long as your impress that getting off is your idea, it does help build confidence more quickly for some horses. In any case, if your horse reaches the 'terrified' state, don't hesitate to shift your efforts from getting by the 'monster' to first calming and refocusing your horse, mounted or from the ground. A truly terrified horse has stopped thinking, no amount of pushing will get them by the obstacle, and may take you for the ride of your life.

Sounds like you did great...ride, ride, ride...every hour and mile on the trail adds to your horse's experience and confidence, and don't worry about little set backs along the way.

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post #7 of 14 Old 11-22-2010, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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I will deffinatley be going for more rides by my self, I just had to get over the intial fear of it and he was great so theres going to be a lot more where that one came from :)
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-22-2010, 06:24 PM
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You did great! I'm very familiar with that spin/bolt maneuver. That's not so fun to ride out. I just have a slight modification for next time. After the part where you get to the stale mate spot where he is still rigid and refusing to go forward, just wait it out a bit longer but don't in anyway reward him or console him. Just sit there like you have all day. If he relaxes even a little, try the drunken walk to unfreeze his feet. The drunken walk is simple. Use no leg pressure at all. You're not asking him to go forward. (at least that's what he should think) That will just make him more rigid. Take one rein at a time. Use an opening rein to bring his nose left, then right, then left, etc. Always keep the rein you're not using completely slack. I don't know know why this works, but this makes the horse literally follow his nose and walk "forward" It looks like shallow serpentines, but without leg pressure. It's worth a try.

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post #9 of 14 Old 11-22-2010, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Puck-I may do that next time :)
But I will wait longer and be patient and make him stand and wait
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-24-2010, 08:06 PM
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Hey I'm just letting you know what I do when my horse gets scared. I don't get off although I have read it's not neccissarily a bad thing to get off and work them through just whatever you think will be best for each situation, but when my horse gets scared and I turn the horse towards the general direction that I was going and I just work my horse through it by staying calm and keeping the horse calm by petting and patting the horse on the neck and talking to her while I inch her towards the area that scared her so she can see the boogie man isn't after her
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