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post #81 of 85 Old 03-11-2020, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Joel Reiter View Post
Back to the subject of buddy sour -- my own prescription, and part of my upcoming book Chickens on Horses (we should write on what we know, and I have 66 years of being afraid of horses) is to just go lead your horse away from the herd. I go 3-5 miles on my outings. We get to see all the neighborhood horses in their spring hysteria, get up close and personal with rattling trailers and flapping tarps on moving vehicles, and we get a nice long session to refine our leading manners. By the third day the dancing and rearing is all gone, and soon after we can start riding again. Even us chickens.

such good advice! I remember watching a show about how they train the Lippizan horses, and they do a lot of just taking them out for walks. They are gentled in the most natural and non confrontational manner. It's amazing. Those horses also get years to be out in a herd, running free, to grow up, before they are asked to work. They are constantly petted and loved on, handled, taken for walks, etc. and these are STALLIONS.
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post #82 of 85 Old 03-11-2020, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by egrogan View Post
I could write a chapter or two in that book

Oh, you already have. Everybody here has been a part of it. From the people who write in with their problems to all the wise answers to the lecturing, this forum has been an enormous help to me. I wish I had gotten it written in time to have our dear departed Smiley review it, because she was staunch advocate of solving everything while mounted, and I wanted her to see it through my panic-stricken eyes.

But Egrogan, all ideas are welcome!
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post #83 of 85 Old 03-11-2020, 06:43 PM
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There is nothing wrong with getting off a horse when things are going bad. I've lead my horse two miles, down the trail because he was having a melt down.

Nothing I did from on his back was working. It was safer to get off and lead him till he settled down. When I got back on he was fine and rode like he normally does.

I've ridden with people that had barn sour horses. The one gal when we got to about a mile from home she'd get off and lead her horse. The mare would otherwise try to take off, buck ,rear and just be dangerous. In time she stayed on an I ponyed her home.

I rode with her for a entire summer every day ,this gal lead her horse out about a mile,then got on. It progresed to me ponying her horse out.

By late fall horse got to where she could ride out and ride home no issues.

No working the snot out of mare no harsh bits ,no crops,just plain patients and miles. Owner was not the bravest didn't want to get hurt. No one else would ride with her, because of her mares barn sour ways.

Better to be a chicken and get off ,then be a hero and get seriously hurt.
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post #84 of 85 Old 03-11-2020, 08:53 PM
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I too have learned the value of hand walking. I love taking my youngster out for walks, we take our time, she gets to stop and have a look at anything that is of particular interest, once she is done looking she gives me a nudge for a pat and off we go again. This is also on of the reasons I prefer to ride on my own. I can get off at any time and walk or just sit on a bank while the horse has a think about things. One of my favourite things is to sit quietly on or as near too the object that is creating fear until my horse starts thinking again - I always have my 12 foot line with me so I can do this.

I used to be more about doing things from the horses back but I am getting older and less and less bouncy (though ironically I have so much padding lol), my time with horses is now about mutual enjoyment rather than proving to others (and maybe myself) that "I have what it takes and know what I'm doing!"
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post #85 of 85 Old 03-12-2020, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by kiwigirl View Post
This is also on of the reasons I prefer to ride on my own. My time with horses is now about mutual enjoyment rather than proving to others (and maybe myself) that "I have what it takes and know what I'm doing!"

Sadly, one of the main points in my outline is "listening to your friends will get you hurt." I think the worst advice we've all heard from childhood is "if your horse bucks you off, get right back on." Well, if your aren't injured already, that's the best way I can think of to ensure that it happens. There are many reasons a horse might have dumped you, from a simple spook to not feeling like cantering just now. If you don't understand the reason, solve the problem, and improve your seat, chances are excellent you will be right back on the ground. But all your experienced friends will tell you not getting on is spoiling your horse. Ride alone, find like minded companions, or develop thick hide to handle the criticism.
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