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post #1 of 3 Old 07-18-2015, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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Going in circles....getting softer...no video

I got my horse a few months ago. I'd love to have a video but I only ever go alone and don't have the equiptment to tape myself.

So I will do my best to give descriptions, then try to get a video later. The reason I am posting in the critique section is because I feel a problem I have vs a problem she has is one in the same. And so I need the critique.

I got my horse in March. 17 yr old mare, mustang rescued from a neglect case. Don't know her background. She acts like a horse that was trained up, then forgotten about for whatever reason. All I know is she was only 950 when they found her, and when I got her the girth around her made her shake apart. So half the battle is showing her why she should even care.

First thing she did that worried me was she bobs her head up and down when we ride sometimes. When I first got her this worried me, maybe her back is hurting hurt due to the saddle, or her mouth due to the bit. Or whatever else. Vet checked her out, said she was fine.

So I worked her in the arena a bit, she kept on with it.

Finally took her out on the road and walked her around. After months of riding, I can say this habit is her pitching a fit. She is the most perfect beautiful horse when she has something to distract her, but when we go around the next bend instead of turning to go home, or we walk away from the other horses, there she goes with it. Any suggestions to break this habit? Or at least help with it?

Second, she is stiff going in circles. Going to the left I can warm her up after a while because that is her weaker side. But going right she is so....loose....that she just fights and fights and will throw her head and rear up and spin around. I can get her to turn on the right using both hands. But I wish I could do something to warm her up more besides tiring her out. I do flex her a lot and stretch her, and lunge her (she is stiff on the line too).

She seems to lack balance, and therefore confidence, it's uncomfortable for her to lope circles or even trot circles. She is stiff. Plus she gets so bored. If there are any parelli people reading this, she is a left brain extrovert. She gets bored. If you don't believe in that stuff then that's fine.

At this point all I've been doing is taking her out on the road and letting her run straight cause that's when she's happiest, she tires out a little, then we come back and from there we just circle until she does two or three good ones then we stop. Time and consistency is what I've got. I'm looking for more fine tuned approaches.

Sorry there is no video. I'm sure that's the point of this page.

I'll take any feedback anyone has and be grateful for it. Please just don't tear my horse apart. Any fault she has is no fault of hers. They're what we make them to be.
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-20-2015, 02:52 PM
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Have you thought about getting a chiropractic adjustment for her? I would do that and then start schooling her with lots of circles and figure 8's. What kind of bit do you ride her in?
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-20-2015, 04:29 PM
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Sounds like she is hurting somewhere.

What caliber of vet did you take her to? Most general vets aren't experienced enough to find subtle lameness with a horse. Find someone who is specialized and experienced with working with lameness.

This horse is 17. When have her teeth been checked last?

I would also be noteworthy to have a chiro check the horse. Not only can they be out in their back, but they can be out in their neck and poll, that can cause stiffness.

Also, since she's older (17) she could possibly have arthritis in her hocks and/or stifles and that would also make her uncomfortable doing circles.

Either way, I think you need to look deeper for a source of pain, before you do anything else.

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