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post #21 of 59 Old 05-09-2012, 09:14 AM
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I have trained my horse to slow down and stop when I make a deep exale. That way it helps also to calm down myself, if anything extreme happens, because I have to breathe deeply and slowly. I use singing, on the other hand, to maintain rythm and pace, in case he is in his lazy mode.

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post #22 of 59 Old 05-19-2012, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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I have taken everyones advice and my horse is doing great on trails. We have trotted, cantered, and galloped on trails. He always runs into something that he is scared of and I just let him take his time and push him forward and he walks on past it. We have had some very nice rides thank you all!!!
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post #23 of 59 Old 05-20-2012, 12:16 AM
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.....We have had some very nice rides thank you all!!!
That's wonderful! So glad you're having fun.... Ain't it fun watching your horse learn about things out on the trail!
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well mother I say you let your daughter taker him out... its a good idea honestly haha that way you wont break as many bones when I fall of !
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Ha ha daughter so you found me on here. I will not let you take him out alone because his "being good" is too much for me to gamble with you. Love you :)
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post #26 of 59 Old 05-22-2012, 10:02 PM
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I talk to my horse all the time... Because (1) he's my buddy, (2) I just enjoy his company, (3) it has a calming effect on him and (4) if we're in a tense situation where he can't see me, I want him to know my voice.


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Whoops just saw this. And me too! But even horses that aren't mine.. I swear I have entire conversations with them in different tones and sometimes in different voices. I've tried stopping.. but it's just this weird effect of me riding LOL but we never spook once so it does do some good. Just drives my trail buddies crazy

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post #27 of 59 Old 05-23-2012, 04:11 AM
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Whoops just saw this. And me too! But even horses that aren't mine.. I swear I have entire conversations with them in different tones and sometimes in different voices. I've tried stopping.. but it's just this weird effect of me riding LOL but we never spook once so it does do some good. Just drives my trail buddies crazy
I'm totally with you.... Another boarder at our barn talks to his horse as well. Hey, it's all about the relationship! I used to do the same thing when I was young and used to go trail riding by myself after school.

I really think it does have a calming effect on the horses.

I honestly believe that talking to my horse helped him get calmed down quickly for a traiil ride after chasing and driving a runaway horse back into the barn area a while back.
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I always talk and sometimes sing to my horse while trail riding solo with him. It helps him calming down in stressful situations and it seems to me that he enjoys hearing my voice when I ride or just handle him. Besides, I think that almost everyone at our barn does that - even when we have group trail rides, every rider is talking to their horse and it sometimes becomes hard to differentiate, when someone is speaking to a horse or to another person.

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I always talk and sometimes sing to my horse while trail riding solo with him. It helps him calming down in stressful situations and it seems to me that he enjoys hearing my voice when I ride or just handle him. Besides, I think that almost everyone at our barn does that - even when we have group trail rides, every rider is talking to their horse and it sometimes becomes hard to differentiate, when someone is speaking to a horse or to another person.

I do it for another reason, as well: if there's ever a case when I need to calm my horse and he can't see me, I want him to know my voice really well. It's just a good thing to do, I think. It's all about the relationship.
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post #30 of 59 Old 05-24-2012, 01:41 AM
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My barn buddy/barn manager told me to sing to the horses for the same reason Phantom said...when you are singing you are breathing. I rode Biscuit solo the other day (first successful totally solo ride - hauled by myself and rode alone and actually got Biscuit to GO!) and I sang to Biscuit part of the way - I made up a goofy little singsong verse like child's rhyme and away we go. Helped me - maybe not The Biscuit but as long as I am calm I am a happy camper!

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