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post #51 of 54 Old 04-01-2013, 01:50 PM
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post #52 of 54 Old 04-02-2013, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Icrazyaboutu View Post
I'm not giving excuses. I never asked for help with my horse's training. Apparently most of you decided to comment on the horse and I rather than tell me what you do to stay calm(which is what this post was asking). So, to answer your question, by making this post, I was expecting to get different ways to clear your head and think logically even when your horse is being a pain. I know its something I struggle with and I have seen many other equestrians struggle with it also. I just wanted some ideas.
And Palomine, when I said that Muppet's uneducated opinion didn't matter to me, I was not calling her uneducated in the aspect of horses. I was calling her uneducated on my horse and me. Two very different things. Muppet, if you took it as me calling you generally uneducated, I'm sorry. That is not what I meant. I am sure you know a lot about horses.
I would really like to get off the topic of my horse and I being undertrained. I rode him bareback and brideless today with my dad's horse in the arena and he did great. Trotted along the fenceline and listened to my cues. He was just being a brat yesterday, like I said.
So please, only contribute if you are putting your calming methods down. I am done defending my horse and I.
Have a nice Easter guys!
I'll answer your Question again. Put on a Bridle or at least a halter and lead rope. Then when he doesn't respond to in the manner that you want him to you have a way to MAKE him do what you want. And here is the answer to your question. If you can get him to do what you ask then you won't get frustrated with him because you can use your brideless methods but you can back them up if needed. There nothing to get frustrated about. That is how I would keep from getting frustrated if I was you.
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post #53 of 54 Old 04-02-2013, 05:24 PM
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If you just let a horse wander when you are on their back you are a poor trainer. You MUST ride always with a purpose, even if the purpose is a boring repetition designed to create bone density by pounding. I Never let my horses decide when and what we are doing. If I don't feel like putting in the effort of training I won't ride that day.
You should spend some time online watching super well trained horses demonstrate what anybody can train their horses to do.
Lynn Palm, who has trained some of the calmest and most disciplined horses I've ever seen (including "Rugged Lark" and his get) teaches her horses to "come here."
Monty Roberts teaches rogue and frightened horses the "join up." Clinton Anderson, Dennis Reis and others teach horses to come forward, yield, and back up with very small cues. Your horse would really benefit from some serious ground training.
I've seen horses (online) that will lift up a hoof and wait for you. I've known a horseman who had a horse that would bow for him to mount.
The same is true with dogs and most people put up with a lot of crap from their dogs and their horses than they need to.
You are getting back from your horse exactly what you have put into him.
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post #54 of 54 Old 04-02-2013, 08:27 PM
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How do I deal with my frustration? In the nicest calmest happiest voice I have I curse a blue streak and call my horse every rude crude mean name I can think of. All the while I am breathing and working through the problem. Learning to laugh at your horses antics also helps.
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