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post #11 of 20 Old 12-18-2012, 08:23 PM
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Does she do the spread the front legs drop and just stare or the oh crap roll back without telling anyone?
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post #12 of 20 Old 12-18-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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No..she just stops walking, stares, and occasionally snorts, lol.
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post #13 of 20 Old 12-18-2012, 08:45 PM
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^^ and the more things you introduce him to the less likely he will be to spook at new things! Eventually he will start to generalize things! A car back firing might sounds like gun shot might sound like a tractor engine starting. A plastic bag might move like a tarp. A tree stump looks like a garbage can. You get the idea ;)
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post #14 of 20 Old 12-18-2012, 08:53 PM
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Sounds more like stubborn than spooky lol... I'm no fan of spurs but it might help keep her moving forward. If you can tell what she's lookin at maybe take her over to inspect it. Dusty would stop an watch deer then when I'd move him forward he would keep watching sometimes while side passing. I got tired of it so we took out chasing one. He liked it so much he almost drug me into a pine thicket. There is a lot to be said about ground work but when I ride two or three times a week he gets real good.
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I know, and that's what ive done since I first started leasing her..but everything she sees on the ride she's been introduced/exposed to!

She's literally been exposed to just abiut everything I can even think of..All sorts of animals, every type of vehicle (from semi, to truck, to cat, to motorcycle, etc), mailboxes, dogs barking, gunshots, tractors, flags, ropes, etc.

I seriously cant think of anything she hasnt been exposed to. With or without another horse.
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post #16 of 20 Old 12-18-2012, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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I show in spurs with her, but she moves right on if I apply leg after she stops. Its usually rhe hay fields that she stops and stares at, but I cant really walk her through the neighbour's front yard and into their money field, lol.
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post #17 of 20 Old 12-18-2012, 10:59 PM
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More time needed and work on sacking her out to stuff while on the trail.

I used to bring plastic bags, umbrellas, coats, etc. along with me when I hang walked Sky down trails and it helped him to learn to "spook in place" or to learn to relax.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #18 of 20 Old 12-18-2012, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think I can do that though, as it's all on the road, and the road is real..curvy with a very very small shoulder.
She's her normal self as soon as we hit the actual trails and we've had deer, turkey, trees fall, etc and she's fine..I just dont think its very safe to try and make her spook on the road, lol. Ya know?
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post #19 of 20 Old 12-18-2012, 11:37 PM
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The more miles the more better she is going to become......

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post #20 of 20 Old 12-19-2012, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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I figured just taking her out as much as possible would help it, but was wondering if anyone had anything else to try.

I feel like Im coming off as making excuses, and I apologize, because Im really not trying to.
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