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post #1 of 24 Old 09-06-2019, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Whatcha working on right now?

Like a lot of horses, mine has problem areas, and like a lot of riders, I am rather lazy about addressing them if I can sort of work around them instead. My current list looks like this:

Udder
Pawing
Big Trucks
Ropes on the Ground
Stepping on tarps

These are all entrenched issues. Two of them (ropes, trucks) I can date to specific traumas. Others (like touching her Private Parts) are things I just let slide too long. But I figure if I work at them regularly a little bit at a time, I can make improvements even if some things (like pawing) are going to be impossible to eradicate completely. Even when I can't ride that day I can spend ten minutes on a few of these.

So, in the spirit of incremental progress, what are issues other people working on with their horses?
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post #2 of 24 Old 09-06-2019, 02:22 PM
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That's totally me. Teddy has a long list of things he probably "should" be able to do, but I spent several months getting him to where he was good enough for me to do what I needed to do with him (and he had problems with almost EVERYTHING at first), and I've sort of slacked off. He needs to be able to
- be tied. He's OK with being tied, but not great. I keep putting this off because I tack him in a stall, and I hold him for the farrier / vet, so it's not super crucial. Maybe we'll work on this when the weather cools off.
- take oral medications / dewormers. This is what we're actively working on right now and he's making slow steady progress.
- canter without getting anxious.

With Pony, we're really working on his canter. We're both a little off-balance at the canter, and the combination makes him unhappy, which means he acts up. But we're defiitely working on it. Also, as always, he needs more muscle and less, um, pony-shapedness.
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post #3 of 24 Old 09-06-2019, 02:50 PM
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My green mare is always a work in progress - lots of things we are currently and continuously working on. Mostly related to our dressage training (like straightness, keeping true bend, collection, impulsion....the list goes on & on). She doesn't appear to have too many hang ups, but I'm also trying to get her accustomed to trail riding and feeling confident riding out alone.

My old guy I need to work on standing while mounting. I admit this is my own fault.....I can be fairly agile, so once I'm mounted, if the horse takes a few steps I never correct it. But another lady riding my horse almost biffed it b/c he wouldn't stand still while she was getting on.
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post #4 of 24 Old 09-06-2019, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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My green mare is always a work in progress - lots of things we are currently and continuously working on. Mostly related to our dressage training (like straightness, keeping true bend, collection, impulsion....the list goes on & on). She doesn't appear to have too many hang ups, but I'm also trying to get her accustomed to trail riding and feeling confident riding out alone.

My old guy I need to work on standing while mounting. I admit this is my own fault.....I can be fairly agile, so once I'm mounted, if the horse takes a few steps I never correct it. But another lady riding my horse almost biffed it b/c he wouldn't stand still while she was getting on.
I forgot standing. By which I means just standing, alone in a forest, on a loose rein, while I fiddle with something (phone, saddle strings, cantle bag, whatever). Super useful, and I have not cemented it in the way I should have.
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post #5 of 24 Old 09-06-2019, 03:24 PM
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Oh yeah, the little things that just get neglected, as we found ways to work around
For us, the list includes:


standing at the mounting block without swinging her butt around
walking in the trailer without fuss
having the face hosed off
ingraining that "leg" doesn't mean "go" - we have come a long way from only responding to hauling on her face to actually respond to leg cues, but she tends to "forget" in the heat of the moment...
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post #6 of 24 Old 09-06-2019, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yeah, the little things that just get neglected, as we found ways to work around
For us, the list includes:


standing at the mounting block without swinging her butt around
walking in the trailer without fuss
having the face hosed off
ingraining that "leg" doesn't mean "go" - we have come a long way from only responding to hauling on her face to actually respond to leg cues, but she tends to "forget" in the heat of the moment...
I gave up on the face hosing. Some things are not going to change. She likes a wet rag rubbed on her face after a sweaty ride, so that's my habit now. I mean, I wouldn't want my face hosed off either.
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post #7 of 24 Old 09-06-2019, 03:30 PM
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I gave up on the face hosing. Some things are not going to change. She likes a wet rag rubbed on her face after a sweaty ride, so that's my habit now. I mean, I wouldn't want my face hosed off either.

A soaked sponge or a wet rag are our workarounds at the moment. But even that needs some work....
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post #8 of 24 Old 09-14-2019, 07:25 AM
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I just lucked out and got a lesson with a pretty famous trainer/judge. We're working on cadence, so lazy me & poor old Otis have to stay steady at a lope over the poles, at a jog over the poles, no ticking. Also for me to keep my back flat, and Otis to maintain his self carriage, no slopping around. I can do this for my other horses too.
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post #9 of 24 Old 09-14-2019, 01:38 PM
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I am working on two new horses right now.
First a part TB mare, when we got her she just rushed around with her jaw set and head high and with work she has relaxed a lot, bringing her head down and softer on the reins, I rode her this am after her being off for a few days and I was really pleased at how relaxed she was right from the beginning of the ride.
She also was bad for mounting, moving all over, much improvement but still a work in progress.
Also she was bad to lead in and out, rushing along alleyways and through doors, very much better can lead her out now no halter or rope and she is quiet. In fact Sis mentioned how good she is now and I actually had forgotten the first couple of weeks with her charging about like she did.
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Also working with a lovely quarter horse gelding, he was a western pleasure horse so now working on a forward trot, more impulsion with his walk (has the SLOWEST walk) and I am having trouble with picking up the left lead from a trot, he does it fine from a walk but needs to do it from the trot for dressage tests.

Both horses are working on going out on trails, we don't know if they have much experience with this but Sis and I went out for a nice ride through the woods this am and had to go through some narrow trails with very high weeds and across some muddy water ways, Both were good.

Great post Avna
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post #10 of 24 Old 09-14-2019, 07:10 PM
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Oh yeah, the little things that just get neglected, as we found ways to work around
For us, the list includes:


standing at the mounting block without swinging her butt around
walking in the trailer without fuss
having the face hosed off
ingraining that "leg" doesn't mean "go" - we have come a long way from only responding to hauling on her face to actually respond to leg cues, but she tends to "forget" in the heat of the moment...
If I do this for a few minutes his face is kind of hosed off, lol
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