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post #21 of 36 Old 01-29-2016, 11:29 AM
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I carry a small, one inch screw. Poke the darn thing with that and she'll get the message after awhile. I feel that you should NOT be riding this animal yet. Do some ground work, get a solid foundation in ground driving before you ride. And for god sake, if you can't put a saddle on you do not need to be on her back. Make her unflappable on the ground before you attempt to ride. I have a two year old stallion. He does NOT have an attitude. At all. He's not allowed to have any kind of attitude. When he slips up and starts to show an attitude, he gets a lesson with the small crop. He's not allowed to snake his head, pin his ears, curl his lip. Enforce some rules with your mare. The rest will follow.
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post #22 of 36 Old 02-05-2016, 07:45 AM
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post #23 of 36 Old 02-05-2016, 10:23 PM
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Please tell us how it is going. It's kind of very scary that you quit posting for a bit. Also, PLEASE do not get back on the back of this horse. If you really feel the need to "work" it, come armed with a trainers advice and a new philosophy.
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post #24 of 36 Old 02-06-2016, 02:14 AM
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Yes OP, please don't be scared to give us an update, we are not trying to be mean, just don't want anyone to get hurt
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post #25 of 36 Old 02-06-2016, 03:48 AM
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I would firstly try holding the rope very tight around the area where you clip it on. This will restrain her and confuse her but dont feel mean! Do you think she feels mean when she going to bite you? No! And also you wont hurt her, shes a horse. When she doesnt try to bite you straight away, loosen the rope and again and again until she stops biting (your happy) and she no longer feels restrained (shes happy). I dont believe in the whole 'your the boss' thing. I mean you have to be up to a point but if you can make both happy then why not?

But if that doesnt work you ARE going to have to get bossy, be prepared! If she bites you hit her on the neck, if she does it again, smack her across the nose, she'll feel it and all and she'll probably look a bit stunned but it wont hurt her much and you've established that you're HER leader not the other way around! She will keep going in the hope that the nose will stop but eventually she'll get the message!

And for the riding I wouldnt ride her until she is fully backed and then get a trainer! Why are you? xx
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post #26 of 36 Old 02-06-2016, 02:36 PM
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I dont believe in the whole 'your the boss' thing. I mean you have to be up to a point but if you can make both happy then why not?
But you see the whole thing about horse training is NOT what you believe, but what the horse understands and believes, and they simply do not think like humans.

Horses want a boss, or they want to be boss, there is not a lot in between, and to try and make that, can lead to a very sour and frustrated horse. A horse equates a 'boss' or more properly 'a leader' and in all worlds there is a clear difference between the two, as security and safety. A leader will look after him, and protect him, all the horse has to do is stay respectful, and obey the rules.

If there is no one strong enough to lead, to be that protector, then he thinks that he has to step up and be the leader, so now he thinks that you should do as he says, and will keep trying to assert his authority. That is a rotten thing to do to a horse, so be a decent person, step up and be the leader than he needs, and by doing that give him comfort and security, because he knows a leader will protect him
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post #27 of 36 Old 02-06-2016, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for not posting in a while.
We got a trainer for her, and she is going over the basics (Ground work, and basic riding).
Thank you for your advice!
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post #28 of 36 Old 02-07-2016, 10:37 AM
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Great!!! You have no idea how relieved I am. Don't be afraid to ask your trainer questions. Also if you can, keep your eyes open for a 'kid broke' horse. You might start a journal on this site for this horse. Good luck. P.S. Invest in a riding helmet, this is terrifying stuff.
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post #29 of 36 Old 02-08-2016, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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I do have a riding helmet, and used it every time I rode her.
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post #30 of 36 Old 02-09-2016, 10:31 AM
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Good to hear Jules! I'm sure you'll be up and riding in no time with a trainer's help :)
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