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post #11 of 17 Old 08-18-2015, 05:32 PM
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she is currently preggers, right? have you ever been preggers? some days you just dont feel so good.
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she is currently preggers, right? have you ever been preggers? some days you just dont feel so good.
Amen!!
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post #13 of 17 Old 08-18-2015, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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She's only been ridden for 3 months & is already doing lessons?
I'm no expert, but she looks muscled. I think "brood mare" has a different meaning in my country: they are usually ridden whilst pregnant and relatively soon after giving birth. Basically, a brood mare is different only in the fact that they are bred, but usual riding business carries on until it's feasible. It's very unusual around here to keep a mare just for breeding.

Sorry, my mistake, I wanted to emphasize that she hasn't been a school horse for long but it got lost in translation
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she is currently preggers, right? have you ever been preggers? some days you just dont feel so good.
I haven't had the pleasure, but I imagined it might be a possible reason for this "miscommunication". I didn't want blame it on the hormones before I looked at myself as the most likely culprit :)
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It could have been any number of things going on here:

1. Wrong lead -- its hard for all put the properly collected and well trained horses to do a turn (essentially a counter canter). To fix that, just make sure you're on the correct lead next time before you ask for a turn.

2. There's some sort of physical soreness that bothers the mare when doing that type of turn hence trying to avoid turning. To fix that, its a closer look at her (and the tack for that matter) by someone in the know and follow up with the appropriate 'cure'.

3. The mare is starting to burn out or sour from ring work and is getting resistant for this movement which may in turn transfer to anything she is asked to do. To fix that, give her some time off or start riding her outside on the trails more to give her some variety in her work load.

4. Your cues were a little muddled and she didn't get what you were asking. To fix that, its a conversation with your instructor.

5. It was a one-of-just-a-bad-day situation. To fix that, chalk it up to experience and keep riding.
Thank you for the detailed answer.

I will try to fix the points in my domain (muddled cues, wrong lead) and try and tactfully suggest a vet check to my instructor.

She might be getting a bit "riding school" sour and that's what I'm afraid of. She has only been having one lesson a day since she was bought and they are varied (we even have a little jumping course in the woods) and she goes on trails nearly every day. BUT she is a very responsive horse and I'm afraid that she is getting sick of people making mistakes (primarily me but the other two girls are no Charlotte Dujardine either). That's why I was thinking that I should maybe stop riding her - one monkey less on her back :)

Looking back at what I wrote, I might be overthinking this riding business and worrying needlessly. I would just hate to see this great horse spoiled but I know my instructor has her best interests at heart and will step in if she sees a problem.
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Just in case anyone lost sleep over my problem, let me do an update :)

Happy to report that the mare is not broken and it was my error. For some mysterious reason I wasn't keeping enough contact on the outside rein when turning right (and only right). She is a bit reluctant to turn right when not collected but I figured it all out. And on my own, too! I was soooo proud of myself and I had the best lesson yesterday.

I have to add that my instructor is amazing: she knew I could figure it out on my own and she left me alone in the school until I did. She must have spied on me and came in after I did it correctly a few times and carried on with the lesson as if nothing happened.
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That's brilliant, I'm glad you had a light bulb moment.. love it when it happens and it all makes sense!

Your instructor sounds fab too, keep up the good work!
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