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post #1 of 12 Old 07-02-2013, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Got a bit of a problem

Well we went for a trail ride today and my horse decides to start turning around and wanna run and go home usually she doesn't do this and all of a sudden she wants to start doing it. I need some help and fast because I'm sick of getting off and having to walk the whole time. This horse I've had about 2 yrs and I was really confident with her and some how I lost my confidence
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-02-2013, 10:23 PM
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Oh gosh don't get off her when she starts running home!! That only rewards her and makes your problem worse.

To stop her behavior don't get of when you get home, keep working her and do circles and simple exercises at home, don't get of of her until you have her attention and make her work at home. If she runs home and you can't stop her, back her up the whole way she came and make her walk back. As soon as she tries to pick up the pace make her walk in a circle and make her walk with impulsion. You have to be consistent everytime she tries to speed home.
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-02-2013, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Oh gosh don't get off her when she starts running home!! That only rewards her and makes your problem worse.

To stop her behavior don't get of when you get home, keep working her and do circles and simple exercises at home, don't get of of her until you have her attention and make her work at home. If she runs home and you can't stop her, back her up the whole way she came and make her walk back. As soon as she tries to pick up the pace make her walk in a circle and make her walk with impulsion. You have to be consistent everytime she tries to speed home.
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Well the thing is that she is a very stubborn horse and doesn't like to listen to what I'm asking her to do and I can't help but get off because she makes me nervous she used to be a good horse but we haven't been able to get out that much and I think that's what alot of the problem is
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post #4 of 12 Old 07-03-2013, 08:06 AM
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Well, ONE of you MUST remain calm. Guess which one?

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post #5 of 12 Old 07-03-2013, 09:32 AM
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If her behavior makes you uncomfortable, then certainly get off. However, don't get off and just continue home. Bring a longe line with you and longe the snot out of her if she starts wanting to bolt home. Then get back on and ask her to walk towards home. She gets hurried again and won't walk nicely? Get off and longe her more. Repeat until she decides that walking is a heck of a lot easier than longing. [And this may take a while if the horse is now used to ignoring you and doing her own thing.]

Then when you finally GET home, don't untack her and put her out/away. Put her to work. Do transitions between gaits, circles, serpentines, whatever gets her feet moving and brain working. Home does not = done work.
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-03-2013, 10:41 AM
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The lunge line is an awesome idea! One way or another, when we're out here, you are going to work. You can either go willingly and pleasantly or we can do circles and turnbacks until your mind is back on me! Great advice!!
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-03-2013, 02:22 PM
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Or if you do get off, don't turn towards home. Keep on the way you were going for a while, then get back on. On a trail, there might not be room to work her on a line.

(Personally, I like getting off & walking or jogging for a bit. Stretches the leg muscles and gets the blood moving, especially in the sitting parts )
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-03-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Or if you do get off, don't turn towards home. Keep on the way you were going for a while, then get back on. On a trail, there might not be room to work her on a line.

(Personally, I like getting off & walking or jogging for a bit. Stretches the leg muscles and gets the blood moving, especially in the sitting parts )
I don't turn towards home when I get off I continue walking the trail and I get on and she tosses her head for no apparent reason we checked teeth and any signs of pain an there was nothing there and that's one of the issues along with her turning and running towards home and I start getting her to trot when I'm walking she's a sweetheart on the ground just a pain in the rear in the saddle.
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-03-2013, 08:17 PM
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I get that you lost your confidence, but if you keep getting off her when she does this, you're going to have one expensive oversize dog on your hands. When she tries to turn around and go home, do not let her complete the turn. Use the other rein to turn her back in the direction you want to go. If you let her turn back toward the barn, or make a complete circle to get the direction you want, she has won either way. If you have to, have someone more experienced ride her a few times and get this corrected. Learn the one rein stop and how to disengage her hind end. She can't go anywhere if you control her engine. Right now she has you number big time. It won't get fixed until you fix it.

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post #10 of 12 Old 07-04-2013, 03:03 AM
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I don't turn towards home when I get off I continue walking the trail and I get on and she tosses her head for no apparent reason...
When my horse does this, it seems as though it's because she wants to go faster - trot instead of walk, canter instead of trot - and is getting frustrated with me telling her no.
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