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post #11 of 14 Old 01-07-2013, 06:15 PM
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There is a thread on training trail horses that I think might heyo you, even though you're not necessarily riding trails. There are lots of opportunities for horses to act up or balk on trails, much like your horse is doing.

To be honest, I would not make it pleasant for her when she decides to pitch a fit, if she's not actually spooking at something. My dad's green broke mare tried to buck me off yesterday because she wanted to be finished, and I pulled her head around, booted her, then made her work right by the gate that she wanted to leave through. She behaved very well after that.

Do you ride western? It's much easier to stick to a horse in a western saddle.
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I ride English, but my dressage saddle has a pretty deep seat and feels pretty secure :) Thanks for your input....when she tried to buck yesterday I did just what you described above, though I didn't make her work as hard as I probably should have! I got off way too soon (as soon as she calmed and focused back on me).

I will definitely check out that thread!
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-07-2013, 08:27 PM
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When you know something is going to set her off get her buzy doing something other then trying too buck. I have a gelding who has many miles of trail riding and today he got all in a snizzy. My mare started running and bucking like a fool he thought hed join in with me on him. I put him right to work doing figure eights, side passing, backing up and doing slow turn arounds on him. I was bare back so iam not real good at staying on thats the reason for slow. But he soon found out his antics wouldnt work i did ride him for a bit longer after he settled.
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-09-2013, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to add an update! I tried riding my mare in just a halter and she was ten times more well behaved. I'm going to get her teeth checked out and see if discomfort was contributing to her 'tude, though she has never been okay with a bit, even when I've tried different kinds and had the vet check her in the past.

But anyway, she tried a few tricks a couple times when her buddy took off galloping around the field, but I just drove her forward and she settled really quickly. Thank you all again for your tips! I'm looking forward to working with trainer!
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