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post #11 of 33 Old 08-25-2009, 05:43 PM
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Nelson is usually very competant and very sturdy out on the trails, he loves being out and about, as I do - but there are times when he decides he's had enough, and will have a mental melt down.

He jigs. He will ram me into tree trunks. He'll halt and wont move forward, and will start backing up nonstop. He'll side step down a narrow path - just silly things.

When he has a mentel meltdown, I usually have to get off and walk with him, then after a bit he'll come back to his normal self and be ready to head off politely to finish the ride.

Also, when he has those mental meltdown's, I have to sit as quiet as I can on his back and just leave him alone. The more I fight, the worse he gets - so one has to learn to be very patient and calm.

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post #12 of 33 Old 08-25-2009, 06:10 PM
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Spooking. I swear my Arab has ADD. I've learned to live with it, because she's just a freak. It's never ever violent spooks, but she's constantly flinching. I swear she does it to amuse herself, because if something ACTUALLY scary happens, she alerts me to it and trusts me to bring us through safe. She's completely level-headed when I actually need her to be, but when we're moseying down the trail, everything from a blade of grass to a funny looking rock (who am I kidding, ANY rock) has her fancy footing side to side down the trail.

Only other obnoxious behavior is 110% my fault, and that's going loco on a group ride. I used to race her a lot when we were both younger, so group trail rides mean she HAS to be beat whatever horse is in front. Only then will she walk nicely. Otherwise, she'll jig and prance the entire ride. I've had her turn my hands into raw hamburger from fighting her the entire ride, and it reached the point where she was only controllable with a hackamore. However, we are working seriously on that and she's coming around nicely. I suppose we'll know how well I've re-trained her when we head to the next big group ride in spring!

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post #13 of 33 Old 08-25-2009, 06:39 PM
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Gypsy, when I could ride her, would always walk under low-hanging tree branches or bushes. Like she was trying to rub me off her back, I guess, I don't know. But we'd be walking down a 50-foot wide completely empty dirt road and she'll be all the way over to the side, making me smack my face on every branch she can manage.

I know she does it on purpose because she'll veer under the low hanging ones, not just the ones in her path. Clever girl.
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post #14 of 33 Old 08-25-2009, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Gypsy - Ricci does that too. I think she likes to "crawl" through things. o_O

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post #16 of 33 Old 08-26-2009, 05:12 PM
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Took my previous mare on a trail ride a few days after I got her. What an angel...mostly. We got to one little wash and ???. It was wide enough and shallow enough to walk through without jumping, but nooooo - she had to jump the stupid thing. Without warning. I'm not a very good rider, and she nearly jumped out from under me! I got irate and tried to make her walk through it again. She stopped right in the middle. Her head was at the perfect height for her to graze without lowering it too much. Her rear legs were still on the bank, so we were at a steepish downhill slope. We must have looked pretty strange - all our friends were cracking up. I gave her a little leg, and she jumped the #@$!#! thing again! Didn't make her go back that time. I figured I had made it across safely twice, three times might just be pushing my luck...

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post #17 of 33 Old 08-26-2009, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by IheartPheobe View Post
Rocco refuses to halt. He'll do any downward transition other than any gait to halt. (This is just on trails.)
one of the horses I ride dose the same thing on trails to!! its kind of annoying really :/

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post #18 of 33 Old 08-27-2009, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve View Post
Gypsy - Ricci does that too. I think she likes to "crawl" through things. o_O
Lol... maybe our horses like to tunnel? Haha... hey, it's good to know I'm not alone!
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post #19 of 33 Old 08-27-2009, 11:11 AM
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My horse Dunn either ALWAYS runs up another horses rear end if he is following unless you are CONSTANTLY holding him back with everything you have, hence the reason I like to lead...however, if another horse gets to close to him from the rear, he will throw a fit and kick the snot out of them.

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post #20 of 33 Old 08-27-2009, 04:52 PM
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Mo is defiantly a leaf snatcher. He doesn't try to eat grass on the trails, just leaves. And he will grab a whole friggin branch and walk down the trail nawing on wood and dead leaves -sigh-. I have tried to stop him from doing it before but he is very sneaky and stubborn so I eventually gave in. I wish he would atleast eat the tasty looking leaves, he always goes for the nasty leaves.

He also likes to ride with his head basically resting on his best friend's rump. He won't do it to any other horse but G, and every once and awhile he will just bite the poor boy. I don't understand their love-hate relationship sometimes.

On the other hand, G will walk you into every single tree or object possible. Just like gypsy and ricci's horses, I think he does it on purpose. He also has a strong hate of gravel (which is understandable) but he refuses to walk on a road even if it has 5 little peebles on it!

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