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post #1 of 3 Old 08-10-2009, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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WOW! What a day!

well two weeks ago i just moved my horse to a new barn, and i just got back from vacation. me just tell you about the grand day at the barn:

today i go to the barn REALLY excited to see my horsey. so my friends are taking me down (dont have much experience with horses) and i practically skip to the pasture and catch my horse. i start grooming him and notice that he is super hot so i walk over and get a sponge and prepare to sponge him down. well someone leaves the gate open and pasture horses come flying in and my horse freaks. i quickly pull on the lead line and sweet talk him. after that incident i grab my tack and begin to tack him up. come to find out that my saddle blanket (brand new) is too thin. so i run back to the tack room grab my pad and just tell myself that i will use his new saddle blanket as a blanket for me, no big deal. so anyways i have a new bridle first one (just started western have been doing english) and put it on. i have owner adjust it and it fits fine. im getting to the good part...
so i have my friends following on foot and this is all new to me and my horse. we r in new territory and exploring. horsey gets nervous i sweet talk him etc. i wont let him go where he wants so he throws a fit. i make him do a bunch of figure eights calm down and everything. then hes fine. out of nowhere he lets out this high pitched whinny and he takes off bucking. i quickly pull him up and calm down and hes fine. then he simply shakes his head and off comes the bridle! now how did this happen!!! everyone said it fit but maybe since it was stiff and new...(it didnt have curb chain throat latch brow band nothing! just simple split ear head stall) anyways so now i have a new problem. i quickly dismount and grab the reins. i have the thought going thru my head that he will just stop b/c that is what he usually does. he doesnt. so i grab onto a big hunk of mane and PULL! my friends behind me are saying dont let go and im thinking you try holding on! then he starts to trot and im like screw this, i let go he is not gunna stop. then panic washes over me b/c he takes off at a full gallop w/ the other horses and i realize the bridle is tangled in his legs and HE IS STILL RUNNING! im like OH NO hes gunna snap a leg. thankfully he comes running back around and it is gone! phew! now i need to catch him. after many laps around the field he stops and has a wonderful conversation with the horse over the fence. i walk up to him sweet talk him and halter him.FINALLY! were both so tired were tripping over our own feet and hes huffin and puffin. turns out during all of this my friend got the owner. shes walkin up to me holding a bridle and im sitting here thinking PLEASE dont make me beat him! (thats what my old trainer would do) thankfully she says to just cool him out and tells my friends that i knew what i was doing=] YAY! well anyways i cooled the poor guy out, checked his legs, and pet him and he practically fell into my arms. WHAT A DAY! well anyways i forgave him, i take full blame for this. i should have known that the bridle didnt fit right, that he was nervous and excited and it was new territory. plus if you ask me, i was doomed from the start today lol! well now i learn from your mistakes. i just have to laugh. tomorrow i hope to go out and find the bridle thats probably been stomped into the ground and see my horse. well anyways hugs if you made it through my novel. i also had a question, when i try to mount my horse walks. i know bad manners i should have corrected it =[ but how can i fix it now? i also think that from now on im going to work my horse up slowly into new territory and just take my time (i mean like exploring this territory). any encouraging words about today are greatly accepted! =]
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-10-2009, 08:32 PM
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lol aww what a day is right! to fix that problem, just stand up in your stirrups as you are getting on, don't mount all the way. If he starts to walk off, pull him back. Continue until he stands and then get off. Tell him good boy and keep doing exercise until he stands well. Another hint... Don't ask him to walk off as soon as you get on. He'll start to anticipate this and walk off as you're mounting. Let him stand a minute after you mount, just get settled, pet him, talk to him. Good luck!

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-10-2009, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the advice! by the way when you say pull him back do you mean make him halt or back him up? and youre saying once he halts get off reward and get back on right? and repeat until he stops? im so sorry i know thats what you basicly said but i usually have to put things back into my own words thx!
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