Originally Posted by iridehorses
I'm sorry to say that what I hear from most of these posts are riders that find a way to conform to their horses behavior rather then having a properly trained horse. In my opinion, allowing a horse, or rather, excusing a horse for acting improperly shows a lack of discipline for both rider and horse.
I usually have a horse or two at the farm that come to me for conditioning or for a tuneup. Many times over excitement when first ridden is common and one of the first things that I fix. It is a sign of a horse that doesn't understand that once the saddle is on, he has to go to work and nonsense is not permitted. <snip>
Good point, but just what methods do you use to fix this?
For me, my horses are usually pretty good. Sometimes the greener one will give me some attitude and I have found that for her, doing "arena" type work for 5 minutes or so is a good reminder for her to listen up and never mind that nonsense. I would not go out on a group ride with a horse that is misbehaving, except with a friend or two that knows I may be training on the ride.