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post #1 of 5 Old 10-17-2009, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone! I have been doing some hill work to strengthen up my boy, but whenever I'm doing it all his buddies are down at the ring or in the barn so he whinnies like crazy! It is pretty annoying because we both lose focus. I can't make him stop whinnying, and I just end up getting frustrated and scolding him (later regretting it ). Should I just let him whinny or somehow make him stop? Also, when he isn't focusing on me how can I get his attention back on me? Thanks guys! =]
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-17-2009, 10:17 PM
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Well, we all know when a horse has made up its mind theres no changing it, lol! So ur not gunna get him to stop that way, u need to distract him. The way i see it is any horse that is playing up (not that whinnying is) hasn't got enough to do. You need to get him busy by doing lots of differnt thing while making sure ur horse doesnt get board doing the same thing over and over.
My filly Sonya has a weird case of seperation anxiety. Shes fine being taken out of the paddock away from the horses and acts likie an angel... but if another horse is taken away from HER... she will not stop neighing out and stressing. The only way to get her to stop is put her back with the horse and take her out by herself about 30mins later!! lol

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-18-2009, 08:44 AM
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Put him to work. Don't be mean or scoldy about it, just put his feet in motion. I wouldn't worry about him whinnying, just get her focused on you and responding to your requests. Notice that you almost never see a GP dressage horse, or a futurity reiner whinnying in the show pen. Focused horses don't whinny, so if you get the focus the whinnying will go away. If I had him in hand, I would put him on a circle around me at a trot and do some CA Lunging for Respect with her until he had a ear on me and was fairly keyed in to me. When my horses whinny under saddle to each other (usually the scenario is one is being ridden and the other is in the stall or paddock), I put them into a forward trot on a fairly loose rein and do fairly small circles, loops, figure eights until I have them willingly bending around my leg and following the cues from my seat and hands. When they get relaxed and focused again, I bring them down to a walk, let the reins out and pet and praise them.

The key is the changing of direction or speed. For an unfocused horse I like to keep speed pretty consistent at the trot. A trot satisfies any feeling they need to go, and is also harder for them to be lazy at. Changing direction gets them thinking about what you're telling them and listening to you. If you aren't familiar with CA's Lunging For Respect, it does incorporate lots of changes in direction.

Because you are causing his feet to move where you choose to have them move, while minimally moving your feet, you are the "boss mare." The trick is to not be "punishing" about it. Go at it with an attitude like "Oh! Poor fella, you seem to be bored. We can fix that, lets go to work for a few minutes."

Hope that helped! Good luck!

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-18-2009, 08:52 AM
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I agree with the other responses...we just totally ignore this behavior (because you can't stop it anyway) and continue focused on what we want to do.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-18-2009, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! Wow, scoutrider, that was a wonderful response! =] When we trot hills, we usually do 3-4 laps, but when we go down we do serpentines so he doesn't get too much on his forehand. Going up the hill he is fine with a nice forward trot. Now, when we get to going downhill with serpentines that is a whole other story. One, it is complicated doing this (at least for me) and there are some holes in that area. Not only am I concentrating on doing serpentines, I'm also worrying about my position so I don't lean, which I probably do anyways I guess if he starts his little fit I will make him do circles within the serpentine...we'll see how that works lol! Thanks again guys!
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