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        03-30-2010, 11:32 AM
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    If I'm on a horse that wants to run I might let it and then push it past where it wants to run untill stopping is the horses idea.

    You also shouldn't ride expecting a problem. You can think about the problems and plan ahead but if you expect your horse to misbehave then you will not be disappointed.
    I've done both - not allowing my horse to run and I've tried keeping him at a run. I feel that there is more control in not allowing it - but that's me. I prefer Rio's method.

    As for Kevin's suggestion, I'm fine with it except that stopping has to be my idea, not his. In this case I would keep him running and when he wanted to stop - I'd keep him running a little more then bring him up fast.

    Depending on the horse, running him may only make him hyper and he becomes a handful for the rest of the ride. That is a whole other issue and not the point of this thread.
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        03-30-2010, 03:00 PM
    If stopping is only your idea and not the horses then it will be about as gracefull and pleasant as forcing as woman to dance with you. I may not have explained myself well enough in the last post. If you ride a horse past the point that they want to go on thier own then their mind changes and they start looking for a way to stop. When YOU are ready you give the horse a way to stop and they stop.

    That's all kind of off the topic and the point I should have made was that if you are worried about your horse running away with you it couldn't happen in a better place than a potato field.
        03-30-2010, 07:21 PM
    Kevin, your point about riding like you expect a problem COULDN'T BE MORE TRUE! Haha. Boy, have I learned that lesson. I'm just wondering what she'll do. Anyhow, I'd prefer just not letting her run in the first place, like RiosDad suggested...at least till I know for sure I've got control over her. She's definitely the type of horse that would run and run and run and just be totally excited and wired afterwards.
        03-30-2010, 08:31 PM
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    If stopping is only your idea and not the horses then it will be about as gracefull and pleasant as forcing as woman to dance with you.
    Having a horse perform should always the rider's idea and never the horse's. I never want a horse to decide what I want him to do. Bringing him up fast is hardly ungraceful as evidenced in any reining event ... perhaps I didn't explain it correctly.
        04-01-2010, 01:43 PM
    I tried that trick as Kevin mentioned about the..."well if you wanna run, than you got it." and run the absolute piss out of em'. Didn't work, it just makes them a handful as you stated. Next thing you know, you can't mount without them moving off, they always have their head wayyy up wanting to go, constantly dancing in place, spooky as EVER on and on and on. So I did the opposite. I made her do nothing further than a trot and kept her real quiet and calm, and she's doing amazing!! My horse was an ex barrel racer/pole bender and has a go button like you wouldn't believe. If I want her to go, she does, but I don't take her on flat runs anymore, that's for her to do in her own time in the pasture with the other horses. On trail, she's still a bit prancy so when I trot her I constantly have to check her and make her slow down or else she breaks into this very extended, hard to sit trot and than the next thing I know she's galloping. Just nice and slow and steady from now on, and as riosdad said, never canter/gallop. Just a nice slow, steady trot.
        04-01-2010, 01:54 PM
    I've had a horse or 2 (or 3 or 4) that were the same way, Pechos. Making them run only made them want to run more and they could outlast me. That's why any method needs to be appropriate for the particular horse and circumstance. No one method works every time for every horse but it does work under the right conditions.
        04-01-2010, 02:33 PM
    Yes! And my horse could definitely outlast me as well, as I know because I've tried it. So are you saying that my method doesn't work? I'm not sure that I understand what you're saying.
        04-01-2010, 03:34 PM
    Originally Posted by PechosGoldenChance    
    So are you saying that my method doesn't work? I'm not sure that I understand what you're saying.
    No! Your method works for your horse and may for horses like yours (or mine). What I meant is that there is no "one way" to do it and if your way works - perfect.
        04-01-2010, 03:47 PM
    Oh, ok. Got ya

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