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post #21 of 29 Old 12-09-2014, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Cordillera - I will make sure she gets no further with making any threats. That's part of the reason I took her back to ground work while trying to figure out which next steps to take.

Ripplewind - I've already had someone out to check on that, that was one of my first concerns. I had the saddle fitted when I bought it, but I got a second opinion in case the person was just trying to make a dishonest sell.
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post #22 of 29 Old 12-09-2014, 03:18 PM
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I agree with groundwork and it's very good you have gone back to that! She is NOT respecting you at all. Also do you wear spurs when you ride? If not I would suggest wearing spurs, because when you are giving her the cues and she is not responding that gives you a little extra help under saddle, if you are not a fan of spurs get a riding crop. I am not saying beat her with either of these, but if you asking her to walk forward and you use vocal cues as well as your legs, and she still does not go, the spurs or riding crop are there so your not just either banging at her sides with your legs, or just sitting there. give her a little tap with each and she should go.
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post #23 of 29 Old 12-10-2014, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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An update for anyone who wants to know what's going on with this horse...

Due to the horrible weather a tree fell and took out a bunch of our fencing. The horses decided to leave, and traveled toward and even into the road. Getting them back in was a pain, one is blind due to somebody cutting both of her eyes before we rescued her, so she spooks very easily. The other was the mentioned horse that is showing aggression, and boy did she prove her aggression today. She gave my father a light kick, and then for the first time ever... charged at me. This horse was supposed to be my own personal horse (promised beginner safe, etc) for riding. I am thinking that since she has been showing such dominance toward me I am going to try to find a new home for her, and look into a horse that is actually beginner safe, while still taking more lessons.
She is a great horse, she is just sadly too much for me to handle at this stage in my training.

The blind horse was much easier returned to the paddock, even though she spooks at nearly everything she is an absolute sweetheart. I wish she wasn't so easily spooked, or blind, because I'd feel I would definitely have more success with her. Our bond is much stronger.
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post #24 of 29 Old 12-10-2014, 02:39 PM
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Good for you for making such a wise and mature decision. This horse will be better served with someone that can handle her and you will learn much, much more with a good solid beginner horse.

Let us know how it goes for you.
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post #25 of 29 Old 12-10-2014, 02:41 PM
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Thanks for the update. It's true that the work is never done. Glad you got them all back in. Here's a good thread that I think addresses the situation you're finding yourself in with this horse.
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post #26 of 29 Old 12-10-2014, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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That's exactly how I feel, she could much better serve somebody with the skill level to fix the issues I am having with her, and a horse I can actually handle will definitely help me for all the future horses to come.
I'm just glad neither of them were hurt with the fall of the tree, or their road adventures!
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post #27 of 29 Old 12-10-2014, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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That thread describes perfectly how I'm feeling right now, thank you for posting it. I'm reading through some of the comments as well, and they're all educational, and make me further believe this is truly a good idea.
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post #28 of 29 Old 12-10-2014, 05:55 PM
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I don't know if you've had a trainer out, and you may have all but given up... but even if you don't have the resources or want to have a regular trainer, you could gain a lot of insight from seeing someone with a lot of experience deal with her.

I'm guessing she's not all bad - she just knows she can get away with it now and needs to be put in her place. It's much easier for a trainer to do that in an effective way than you.. particularly because it's escalated so much.

Good luck in whatever you try and do though!

Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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post #29 of 29 Old 12-10-2014, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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That is something I might try before I end up selling her. However, I don't want to go it alone anymore because I don't want myself, or anyone else, to get hurt.
There might be an opportunity for me to board her somewhere and have someone work with me, and help me with her, but if that fails rehoming seems to be the best option.
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