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post #21 of 31 Old 09-19-2013, 06:32 PM
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While this time it was a wise idea to get off, if you continue to do this, he is going to learn that if he does a certain behavior, you get off and it will only get worse.
This!! My friend's quarab gelding has learned that if he balks going up or down a steep part of the trail, or by even a slight drop-off, my friend will get off and lead him, so he doesn't have to work. Yet she insists that he's "afraid of heights."
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Corporal has some wise thoughts there. I think your horse needs an experienced trainer who can help work all the spooks and issues out of him, not some trainer who makes his money off of gullible people who know no better, aka Clinton Anderson and a few others. Has your grandpa had any formal training or ever trained a good steady trail horse with issues such as yours has?

While this time it was a wise idea to get off, if you continue to do this, he is going to learn that if he does a certain behavior, you get off and it will only get worse. I have sat some pretty interesting things on a trail when a few times my own, now retired, QH gelding reacted to something scary suddenly.

I hope you find a good trainer who will take the time to help you and your horse. Trail horses need to be dependable and not so hot and worry some on the trail. If you can't work this out of him perhaps he isn't the horse for you or he isn't the breed you need to be able to depend on on the trail.
Yes, my grandpa has been with a very reputable trainer for many years, has owned and broke many horses, and has turned both a scared young Arab and a flighty OTTB into very solid trail mounts.
I, too, have rode out some pretty interesting things, I don't usually get off unless it was something like this time. I am actually planning on starting some lessons on Paragon with my grandpa's trainer.
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post #23 of 31 Old 09-19-2013, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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This!! My friend's quarab gelding has learned that if he balks going up or down a steep part of the trail, or by even a slight drop-off, my friend will get off and lead him, so he doesn't have to work. Yet she insists that he's "afraid of heights."
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Yes! I am very careful not to reward him by getting off.
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post #24 of 31 Old 09-19-2013, 06:41 PM
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That inner voice can be so very right. Glad you listened to it and got off. Never ignore that inner voice.
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That inner voice can be so very right. Glad you listened to it and got off. Never ignore that inner voice.
Yes, I have read horrible stories of people getting severely hurt by ignoring that "feeling". I really think that is God whispering to you, warning you.
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post #26 of 31 Old 09-19-2013, 06:59 PM
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OMG!! sounds horrible :( nothing like that has happend to me but worst luck last month! my horse 1st slit her throat in the feild had to be stitched up vet said any deaper we would of been in serious trouble as it was right on the main vein! then she slipped and went lame at a show suspensory soreness but not serious resulted in a month off and missing out on the big showjumping festival we qualified for earlier in the year and spazmodic colic while she was still lame you no to top it off!! scary but sorted out by an injection to sort out the sasims was literally crying my eyes out with her head in my lap praying for the vet to hurry up.. glad your horse is ok hun xx
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post #27 of 31 Old 09-19-2013, 10:21 PM
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I'm glad both of you are okay. I can only imagine seeing your horse flipping over a bridge.. I'm pretty sure that would be engrained in my memory for years. It's a good thing you know your horse well enough to get off when you know things might get ugly. I can only imagine if you would have been riding him at the time. I'm pretty sure that you wouldn't be here.
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post #28 of 31 Old 09-19-2013, 10:49 PM
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Wow, glad you and Paragon are okay. Scary stuff.
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post #29 of 31 Old 09-20-2013, 12:10 AM
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How scary!! Glad he's ok!
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Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #30 of 31 Old 09-20-2013, 01:49 AM
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This!! My friend's quarab gelding has learned that if he balks going up or down a steep part of the trail, or by even a slight drop-off, my friend will get off and lead him, so he doesn't have to work. Yet she insists that he's "afraid of heights."
It depends, though, on whether you do it the first time the horse encounters something new/scary, or whether you keep on doing it every time. For example, the first time my horse encountered a creek, she absolutely would not be ridden across it, either by me (beginner) or my very experienced friend. So I got off, led her back & forth several times, then got back on and rode across - and ever since, creeks have been no real problem.

Then there are places, like the OP's bridge, where I would get off and walk anyway, even if my horse was perfectly fine with it. Just my inner chicken coming out
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