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post #11 of 29 Old 12-08-2014, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I spent a lot of time with the horse before just stopping, I never just said, "Oh, she won't let me mount it's time to stop." I have kept on trying, but I couldn't make her do anything.
I'm a busy person, and with a lot of other tasks to complete I sometimes don't have time to stay there until I have successfully mounted. There are other horses on my priority list at the moment.
However, that is good advice to set time aside and really work with her. I'll make sure the next time I work with her I will have adequate time.
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post #12 of 29 Old 12-08-2014, 07:00 PM
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Noticed that my post got cut short. I meant to end with; do keep us posted on your progress.
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post #13 of 29 Old 12-08-2014, 09:32 PM
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I had a horse that tried pulling the "I'm meaner than you" card and pinned her ears at me. Just like what you're going through right now. It got ugly. I got her in the round pen on a long lunge line. Saddled and bridled with no reins. Went to send her off and she was ok, when I went to shake a stirrup like I was going to mount up, she'd pin her ears and get aggressive. That's when I hollered and yelled and waved my arms to send her off again. Really crazy lady stuff! A couple rounds, try it again. If she got stinky with me I holler and yell and wave and stomp my feet at her to send her off in ANOTHER direction. 3 times and she decided I was crazier than she was. I had to give her a tune up every now and then, but she learned that I'm the lead mare and that's that.

Sounds like your girl needs a firm hand. Don't get angry, just firm. Let us know how it goes.
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post #14 of 29 Old 12-08-2014, 10:17 PM
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Thank you for the quick reply!
I figured that would be the answer, and I know it wasn't a good thing to turn her out (but with the line of work I do, I simply have to turn out horses sometimes - I rescue and when the barn gets full some horses have to stay in the fields.)
Now that she does in fact pull these shenanigans, is there a way you would recommend going about getting back in the saddle? When I attempt to mount up now she turns away and pins her ears back. She also looks like she's going to get ready to charge me.

you mean while you are holding the reins , preparing to mount, she looks like she might charge? i'd make her move, right then and there . abandon tying to mount and get her to move, and more right away! she needs to have a better attitude before you put your life on her back.
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post #15 of 29 Old 12-09-2014, 08:51 AM
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I'm a busy person, and with a lot of other tasks to complete
Reminds me of a quote I read somewhere.

"If you take the time it takes, it takes less time"

CDC Advisor: " Wearing a mask is a lot easier than wearing a ventilator"
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post #16 of 29 Old 12-09-2014, 10:05 AM
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My exact thoughts as Hondo. If you don't have the time to spend and complete the goal at hand, don't even start. It sounds to me like she needs A LOT more ground work to confirm you're Top Horse. Pick a simple goal to master for that lesson and once it's mastered move to the next one. My goal would be correct the nasty attitude first then everything else will start to fix itself because she respects you. Also, if you're going to create a program for any of your horses, make sure you have the time to dedicate to them, lets say 3 horses a day, for at least 3-4 days in a row then give them time off. Based on my 20+ years training 2-5 year olds, sporadic lessons every other day will not work. Good luck and kudos for reaching out.

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post #17 of 29 Old 12-09-2014, 11:03 AM
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Thank you for the quick reply!
I figured that would be the answer, and I know it wasn't a good thing to turn her out (but with the line of work I do, I simply have to turn out horses sometimes - I rescue and when the barn gets full some horses have to stay in the fields.)
Now that she does in fact pull these shenanigans, is there a way you would recommend going about getting back in the saddle? When I attempt to mount up now she turns away and pins her ears back. She also looks like she's going to get ready to charge me.
I need some clarification. Is she turning her head/front end away from you ? or moving her hind end away from you ? I'm assuming hind end since you say she looks like she's getting ready to charge you.
If it's hind end away, bringing front in toward you..then, If it were me, I'd have my carrot stick in my hand, (you can use any 'handy stick/crop/etc(even a plastic bag in your hand) and if she even thought about having a nasty attitude in my direction, I'd drive her front end away from me for at least 360 degrees before I'd let her stop and think about things. Of course , the prerequsite for this technique is that you (and she) already know how to do this in groundwork. Bad attitude at mounting time isnt the time to teach it.
Once she's yielded her front end 360 degrees, I'd release the pressure , let her dwell a few minutes (hopefully get a lick and chew), then try again. Rinse and repeat untill she stands still for mounting.
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post #18 of 29 Old 12-09-2014, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you once again for all of your replies.
I will be putting some time aside for just her in the next few weeks (whenever this horrible weather passes).

mslady: She is moving her hind end away as you said, so thank you for the advice.

I will be taking everyone's advice and trying all sorts of these things until I find a method that works.
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post #19 of 29 Old 12-09-2014, 01:53 PM
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Thanks for the update Stephr. You'll likely get lots of different advice from folks here. The correct method is the one that works for that particular horse. I do recommend establishing that you're the boss before the horse follows through on the threats.
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post #20 of 29 Old 12-09-2014, 02:10 PM
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I'm almost wondering if it is a saddle fit issue. It could be something that a vet might not notice because there may be no obvious sign of injury or soreness. Perhaps your horse simply doesn't like the way it fits?

I would take the advice from all of the other posters here, and really be assertive with your mare, but I would also consider having a saddle fitter out to asses the fit of your tack, if you think that may be an issue.
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