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        07-16-2013, 04:28 PM
      #1401
    Green Broke
    Leyna, I have seen several trainers that will hop around with one foot in the stirrup when the horse starts moving while trying to mount. They remove their foot from the stirrup once the horse stops so the horse learns that moving keeps the pressure on and staying still is less work. I don't know if you have tried that, but thought it might help.
         
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        07-16-2013, 05:56 PM
      #1402
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Roadyy    
    Leyna, I have seen several trainers that will hop around with one foot in the stirrup when the horse starts moving while trying to mount. They remove their foot from the stirrup once the horse stops so the horse learns that moving keeps the pressure on and staying still is less work. I don't know if you have tried that, but thought it might help.
    Yes, I tried that. It made it worse. He is not trying to be bad or anything and he knows what ho means. And he knows he is not supposed to move, but when I go to swing my leg over he just freaks out well, I cannot really say he freaks out anymore. Now a days he wants to walk off and turn around. It's my legs he is so scared of. When I let one of my legs hand out of the stirrup while riding he used to bolt sideways away from it, now he has gotten to where he just keeps an eye and ear on the hanging leg. I think it is going to be time that helps. Like QOS said years of getting on. Wait till I do his first 50 mile ride and I have to get on for the last 12 miles. He will probably say, ' I don't care anymore! You are crazy!" Lol.
         
        07-16-2013, 06:09 PM
      #1403
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by QOS    
    Roaddy, it is wonderful to be able to ride again. They still have the pipeline going through the park and as soon as they are out of there, I will start riding by myself in the woods again. I want to go when others can't because of work schedules and Biscuit and I used to make that ride on a regular basis alone.

    Leyna, sounds like y'all are doing great. Hopefully, over time, he will settle down on the mounting. When I first got Biscuit he was walking off before I could get my butt set in the saddle. If we were in the arena it was 10 times worse. I understand that he used to be ran into the ground in an arena doing barrels, poles, etc. so he would be a little nervous in there. Over time that has faded. LOL lots of treats, lots of rides, etc. and he has stopped all of that foolishness. Occasionally he will want to walk off before I actually ask for it when I mount. I firmly stop him and make him stand still for 10 seconds each and every time I get on and he has pretty much got the message - don't move til she says so!
    Lol. Dare knows not to move, but that flight instinct kicks in and he can't help it. Poor baby. I think when he was abused he must have been kicked also because of how scared he is of my legs/feet. And I think just like you said, As the days go by with constant riding he will get better and better. That's what wet saddle pads are all about! I can't stand people that sour a horse out on a sport. Poor Biscuit. I used to run barrels on my QH, but he loved to run them. I also did other things with him, so I didn't make him hate it.
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        07-16-2013, 06:15 PM
      #1404
    Started
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    Originally Posted by LeynaProof    
    Yes, I tried that. It made it worse. He is not trying to be bad or anything and he knows what ho means. And he knows he is not supposed to move, but when I go to swing my leg over he just freaks out well, I cannot really say he freaks out anymore. Now a days he wants to walk off and turn around. It's my legs he is so scared of. When I let one of my legs hand out of the stirrup while riding he used to bolt sideways away from it, now he has gotten to where he just keeps an eye and ear on the hanging leg. I think it is going to be time that helps. Like QOS said years of getting on. Wait till I do his first 50 mile ride and I have to get on for the last 12 miles. He will probably say, ' I don't care anymore! You are crazy!" Lol.
    Time will help, and maybe a treat? I had an ex-barrel racer that took off the minute I came near his side once the saddle was on. I would walk up, wait till he was still, give him a treat, walk away. We did this for a while, each time he had to wait longer in the mounting process for his treat.

    When we were to the point I could get on and he would turn his head for a treat while standing still, then I could ride. Worked like a charm

    Dressage is not so bad, I used to ride & compete a lot, more fun for sure when you have a talented horse that can place well. I use Dressage training to teach the basics. Can you see how fun it would be to show off Dare's fabulous trot? You would have some folks drooling...

    I've never tried to head right for the trails on a beginer horse like Dawn is doing with Gamer, I am facinated by their progress and Dawn's method!
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        07-16-2013, 09:06 PM
      #1405
    Yearling
    A few minutes of Friday's ride. I was leading a group of young people from Hoofbeats to healing. We got 12 miles on Friday and 6 miles on Saturday


         
        07-16-2013, 09:37 PM
      #1406
    Weanling
    Painted horse - That ride looks great! I can't wait until I can get a trailer and start getting out on the trails. Riding on the roads is just too hot! I need to be in the shade! :)

    Leyna - I would think that your horse would get used to that leg flying around his back with time. :) If mine ever had a problem with me getting on them, it went away after a while once they realized that leg wasn't going to eat them.

    Cowboy and I have gone on a 30 minute ride yesterday and a 1 hour and 30 minute ride today! Yesterday, it wasn't that bad out. It was hot but it wasn't to the point where I thought it was too much. Cowboy was ready to run and go, so I figure he was doing fine. He rode down the road just a bit to see how he acted with the cars. He did just fine, then we went riding around my lower pasture. The grass is grown up some because we are going to cut it this fall for hay. Well, my first horse RiverBelle is buried down there and all over her grave at Passion Flowers! Everywhere!! And only on her grave. I got a smile out of it. :)

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    There were also a bunch of pretty orange flower/weed/things growing along the side of the pasture. It reminded me just how much beauty can be found in the places around you when you are really looking. Oh, and there were plenty of chigger plants too.

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    Today, we got out and rode early in the morning, but we still didn't get done in time before the heat really set in. I am so sun burnt, it hurts to just breath, lol! Cowboy and I were able to ride about a mile down the road and back, and then we did some heavy hill work at the bottom of the property. We finished with a couple laps around the house, trying to get him to stay in a nice slow gait. But with him being a pacer, no matter how slow he goes, his gait is REALLY hard to ride, worse than the worse QH trot I have ever rode! But by the time we were done, he had a good sweat going, as did I, and after we cooled down a bit, we both got a good cool down from the hose.

    But here are a couple pictures. :)

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    Sorry the pictures are so big, heh.
         
        07-17-2013, 01:30 AM
      #1407
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by QOS    
    When I first got Biscuit he was walking off before I could get my butt set in the saddle.
    My friend's horse does the same thing, starts walking off just as soon as she has her foot in the stirrup and puts her weight on it. It's not like he's scared or anything, though, just figures it's time to go. Ellie is a bit better: she waits until I have my butt in the saddle, and am bending down to get my right foot in the other stirrup. Guess she figures I need the agility training
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        07-17-2013, 02:01 PM
      #1408
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
    Time will help, and maybe a treat? I had an ex-barrel racer that took off the minute I came near his side once the saddle was on. I would walk up, wait till he was still, give him a treat, walk away. We did this for a while, each time he had to wait longer in the mounting process for his treat.

    When we were to the point I could get on and he would turn his head for a treat while standing still, then I could ride. Worked like a charm

    Dressage is not so bad, I used to ride & compete a lot, more fun for sure when you have a talented horse that can place well. I use Dressage training to teach the basics. Can you see how fun it would be to show off Dare's fabulous trot? You would have some folks drooling...

    I've never tried to head right for the trails on a beginer horse like Dawn is doing with Gamer, I am facinated by their progress and Dawn's method!
    I do use treats. I have turned him into quite the cookie monster. Haha! He used to be terrified of me when I would get up on the mounting block and that's when I started feeding him cookies and I would even stand up there and hold his bowl while he ate his dinner. I have been giving him the treats while mounting since I found out how terrified he was of the mounting and me being on the mounting block. I have honestly tried everything! I think patience and wet saddle pads are going to do him the best. And I can give him plenty of both!

    I think Dressage would be fun to take lessons in. It is just so expensive around here. Lol. Yes, Dawn is doing a great job with Gamer! I like following them two also.
         
        07-17-2013, 07:43 PM
      #1409
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    My friend's horse does the same thing, starts walking off just as soon as she has her foot in the stirrup and puts her weight on it. It's not like he's scared or anything, though, just figures it's time to go. Ellie is a bit better: she waits until I have my butt in the saddle, and am bending down to get my right foot in the other stirrup. Guess she figures I need the agility training
    That is purely training, or rather the lack of it.

    Take 15 minutes and teach your horse to stand until you ask it to go.

    Now I'll admit, if my horse gets left behind. Especially if we have been booking and my hat blows off for example and the others keep going, He is a handful to remount. But in most cases, where other horses are waiting to move off. I insist that he stand still until I ask for him to move.

    I need to work on the "Hey I'm getting left behind" mounts
         
        07-17-2013, 10:07 PM
      #1410
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
    Take 15 minutes and teach your horse to stand until you ask it to go.
    I would if I knew how. The strange thing here is that once I'm on and settled, she has no problem standing if I tell her to, and likewise when stopping during a ride. I just can't figure out how to effectively communicate the "don't move off 'till I tell you" idea to her.
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