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post #31 of 57 Old 04-28-2013, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Do you direct/plow rein or are you trying to neck rein?

Adding to what THR said, for a horse who doesn't have a clear idea of moving off leg pressure, direct reining in a hackamore can be confusing. I'm lucky that Aires understood leg pressure and moving off it from pretty much his first ride.

If you're trying to neck rein, but he hasn't been taught to neck rein (Aires is proving to be a butt to teach neck reining to lol), you're just going to confuse him more, regardless of he's in a bit or hackamore.
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Should I just try to ride him down trails for right now? Tomorrow I'm going to work with him, and I'd like to know... I'm sorry that I'm asking so many questions!

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post #32 of 57 Old 04-28-2013, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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I, personally, would tell my cousins that when I wanted an opinion from them, I'd give it to them first. Or, I'd just slap it out of them.....but I'm old enough to be mean that way and not have parents to jump all over me. They're just jealous.
I could actually slap one of them, and my dad probably clap for me. I've never slapped anybody before, but around these guys I could just beat the s*%# out of them!

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post #33 of 57 Old 04-28-2013, 12:44 AM
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Should I just try to ride him down trails for right now? Tomorrow I'm going to work with him, and I'd like to know... I'm sorry that I'm asking so many questions!
Asking questions is the only way to learn!

Ok.

Does he know how to yield to leg pressure? If you take your right leg and press it against his side (behind the girth), does he move away from that pressure (so move to the left)? Same thing going the other way? If he doesn't, you need to start on the ground teaching him to yield to pressure.
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post #34 of 57 Old 04-28-2013, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Asking questions is the only way to learn!

Ok.

Does he know how to yield to leg pressure? If you take your right leg and press it against his side (behind the girth), does he move away from that pressure (so move to the left)? Same thing going the other way? If he doesn't, you need to start on the ground teaching him to yield to pressure.
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Oh, he doesn't! Ack!

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Oh, he doesn't! Ack!
Don't panic. Lol. Teaching him to yield to pressure is relatively easy. I would look up Clinton Anderson's or Craig Cameron's techniques for teaching a horse to yield to pressure on YouTube. They can explain it better than I can and you'll be able to watch exactly what you need to do. I would provide links, but I'm on my phone and my phone doesn't like YouTube right now for some reason.
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Some horses just aren't good for the sport they are chosen for. Maybe with more training he wil rein. Maybe with more training, he won't rein. If he doesn't rein, find something else he's good at and enjoys.
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This sounds like a bad situation all around. A young, green broke horse being ridden by several children (not sure how old you are, OP, but I'm guessing you're a minor ), no trainer for the horse or the kids, but expected to somehow know reining? This poor horse is not going to end up well, I'm afraid to say.

Definitely try your best to convince your parents not to let your cousins ride him and do the best you can with him, but at the same time take this as an example of bad horsemanship on the parts of your relatives...
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Dont worry i have been told this several times about my Percheron gelding. I dont have the 800.00 a month everyone local wants for training. When it comes down to it everyone is afraid of his size. I have started him all by myself and will show all those nut jobs!
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post #39 of 57 Old 04-28-2013, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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This sounds like a bad situation all around. A young, green broke horse being ridden by several children (not sure how old you are, OP, but I'm guessing you're a minor ), no trainer for the horse or the kids, but expected to somehow know reining? This poor horse is not going to end up well, I'm afraid to say.

Definitely try your best to convince your parents not to let your cousins ride him and do the best you can with him, but at the same time take this as an example of bad horsemanship on the parts of your relatives...

Yeah. My dad is like, "Huh, let me let about 3 more kids ride the horse and let them ALL use different techniques with the horse!"

My horse responds better when you are gentle and light with him, but these kids with get spurs, sticks, etc and begin hitting him and kicking him. It really hurts me to see this and him act up on them. Sometimes, I really wish he'd buck them off...

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Katie, if these are your cousins they are amusing themselves by pulling your chain. Boys love to do this to girls. As for your dad, well, they're all family. Does your cousin have a prized possession? Ask his father if you can borrow it. Tit for tat.



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