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post #1 of 5 Old 11-01-2009, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Ah, Horses WILL be Horses!

Hi everyone!

Today we went on a little trail ride with some members of my barn and had a lot of fun! My horse has been on trail rides before and is quite calm, but today he was VERY excited! He has this thing where, if he is in the back, he feels like he is getting left behind, so he freaks out and tries to catch up. Well, this is when it gets "good." None of the horses wanted to go through the big puddle (for petes sake these horses will
live in water in their pasture, but heaven forbid they can't go through when they need to), so we had to go around in the tree branches. Ok, not horrible.

On the way back, my horse was starting to get left behind, so we caught up. THEN, my horse swerves around one of the mares, and drags me under a tree branch, making me do the limbo LOL! I think he was just excited, we haven't been on a trail in months, but I'm thinking that we will be trying to get him through puddles (you practically need a boat to go from place to place, but school was canceled due to flooding, WOOHOO! so there is lots of puddles) and the next trail ride I think I will keep him in the back!

Do you think that is a good idea, or should I just keep him where he is more comfy? I know he shouldn't swerve around people, so maybe the next ride keep him in the back so I won't hold up the rest, and then the next one just let him be where he wants? What do you guys think?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-01-2009, 08:53 PM
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It really depends on who you're trail riding with. let everyone know in advance your boy might want to get up front, as some horses don't like other horses cutting them off, coming up beside them suddenly, etc. there might be another horse that HAS to be the leader.

but honestly, having a horse who isn't 100 percent under your control isn't a good thing. even if its fun, imagine if you hadn't seen that tree branch? he'd have knocked you off, probably knocked you out or given you a concussion, and then you wouldn't have been able to ride back and you would have had to walk.

Also, although trying to desensitize him to puddles is a good thing, but something that should be done in a controlled environment, like an arena, where he has a visual stopping barrier in case he decides he's going to flip out and take off, like a fence. it should also be done by someone who has experience with that kind of thing.
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Thanks for the reply! I think I over exaggerated it. I am with my trainer and other skilled riders, and he did not take off. He doesn't flip out over puddles, he just side steps them. We all walk as a big group, so it should be fairly easy to be in back, they won't mind. When I said he cut off the horse, it was at a walk. What he does is when I try to stop him (on the trail) he just shakes his head, it may in fact be me worsening it by something I'm doing. I think what I'll do is walk in back, but next to another horse so he doesn't feel isolated, and then just hand walk him through the puddles. I'm really sorry for not explaining this well, if you saw my boy he is no where near scary and will not EVER run off with you. He is as sweet as pie and would never intentionally hurt you. But I do see how this could be dangerous. My apologies!
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i dont think its going to be bad to desensitize him from puddles, just dont ride him but walk through them with a lead rope...

I wouldnt allow him up to the front, but kind of inbetween calm horses, that way he doesnt get left behind and their attitude will 'rub off' onto him.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-02-2009, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I was going to throw on my rain boots and lead him through the puddles =]

One thing I was thinking about last night is: Maybe sometimes we overdo trying to control the horses. Yes, he should not cut other horses off, but if it is just on the trail, and we wants to play "follow me," maybe that isn't so bad. Some horses must be in front, others in back, and some could care less. Also, I should wait and see what he does on the second one and go from there, he could have just been having an off day. I think I should focus more on not letting him cut other horses off, getting through puddles, and just see how he does then, good idea? Thanks! =]
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