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post #11 of 14 Old 05-16-2011, 11:25 AM
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I want to say (from personal experience) it takes quite a while for them to mature mentally. Like it took 6 years for my qh. My paint is coming 7 and I only now feel she's kinda "coming there" in her mind. While I did start both of them rather young I started serious lessons only last year (when they both turned 6). Have you tried trail riding her may be to keep her curious and going?

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post #12 of 14 Old 05-16-2011, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by shelleyb View Post
aww ur lad sounds like a right character... we havent thought about natural horsemanship?? would it still be affective on a horse that is soo lovely and cuddly and trusting on the ground already...??
Yes he is a right character, he too is extremely loving, cuddly and trusting on the ground just cant/wont cope with things on his back.

I will reitterate, just because a horse is willing to work doesnt mean you should push them that hard. My lad is very very willing to lunge, he'd go all day if you asked him to and I'd probably get very far very quickly in improoving his way of going, encouraging roundness etc, however I know full well that it would only be temporary at best and asking him to do that level of work would fry his brain even more then it already is.

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post #13 of 14 Old 05-16-2011, 04:15 PM
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If she was mine i would turn her away for a year personally allow her to essentially 'forget' then bring her back through a training yard as a more mature horse.
I have one here who just literally felt like he was never ready for real riding until he was6 he just couldnt mentally deal with it
My main girl maggi was broken young went like your mare got a good long year break then i reschooled her but not in the arena i did my shcooling in the fields and on the road. Now at 12 i finally fell her head and body are level and one is not miles ahead of the other.

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post #14 of 14 Old 05-17-2011, 07:18 AM
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I agree that she does seem to have done too much, too young. I wouldn't ride a 3 year old in an outline at all.

She needs some time off to mature physically and mentally and start again.

And that's not a criticism, it's an observation :)

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