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        05-23-2010, 11:08 PM
    Sorry to double, (can't edit): if she wants to turn & look again, that's ok, but if she fixates too long, do a rein jiggle or something small to break the spell, because it could lead to panic.
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        05-24-2010, 11:28 AM
    The ride was disasterous. She's totally fine, totally chill when we're riding at home, but the second you step off the property, it's ridiculous. Like, I mean literally when you step foot off the property, any direction, especially down the road. Her ears prick forwards and she gets all nervous and starts jigging, and then tries to bolt etc etc. I can't remember if I was tense...I'm pretty sure I wasn't. I've tried the whole rest when you're away, work at home thing-she doesn't care. As long as we're at home on common ground she doesn't care how much she has to work. And the weird thing is, if you trailer her somewhere and start riding from there, she's fine-I suppose because there's no other horses to focus on. This is annoying. I wish we had someone else to ride with-at least until we get used to going out on our own. I never knew she was so herd-bound, and I'm not exactly helping the behaviour, as much as I hate to say it :(
        05-24-2010, 03:21 PM
    Could you get some of the other riders to come to your place to start? I'm assuming at least some are trailering to your "launch spot" (though launch isn't quite the word I'd choose for beginning a ride ), so maybe they'd be ok with coming to your place and riding a few extra miles with you, which might help calm your horse?
        05-24-2010, 07:00 PM
    IlyTango, I'm so sorry it didn't go well! Did you get her down the 5 miles, though?
        05-25-2010, 02:37 PM
    When I first got Spike, he was similar.. ok at home but very spooky off property. We only have roads to ride on, and he was mostly ok with cars, but would flip out if anything bigger came along. We have a lot of tractors, combines and school busses, so this was a big issue. It is not nice to be afraid on a ride, it should be fun.
    I ended up moving him to another barn for a while. It was farther away, but there were people there who would ride down the roads. In less than half a dozen rides (behind a steady good 'ole boy) Spike was much more comfortable, and I was too. Now I ride him over the highway overpass and we watch the transports barrel directly beneath us.
    So even if you are keeping her at home, a short term board in a place where people ride alot may help.
        05-25-2010, 04:21 PM
    I wish I could board! I wish we had people I could ride with! (Lol, I want Buddy back! He'd go anywhere, anytime, no questions asked, no nervous feelings-I just bet he'd help Tango-unfortunately, he's not at our place anymore.) I'm going to ask my instructor, and I was really thinking about getting a summer job at my dad's trainer friend's barn so I could learn and gain experience and all that stuff-and of course, have someone horsey to ask for help whenever I need it. I've started just by walking off the property about 15 metres, then turning around, increasing the margin daily, so that she'd learn it's not scary away and that we always come back. Am I making too big a deal out of it? I mean, right now it's not exactly possible to just gun her out there for a big trail ride without major excitement and freaking out.

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