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post #21 of 24 Old 11-02-2015, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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I will be getting a new trainer, trust me on that. As for all the tips you have been giving me, I will use most of them. :) I do plan to next time ride with the whip and also see how he reacts before any real riding is done.

As for tack fit, that is not the usual saddle I usr and I do have a saddle that is full quarter bars and he still acts the same, even with weeks of riding in the properly fitting saddle, telling me it is not the saddle fit but problems with me/him. As for the bit, I have no clue if he has been trained with a curb bit and I have been wanting to change the bit to a simpler snaffle for a time now which is what I will be doing. When I went to go try him out before purchase, I rode him in a twisted wire bit, but the seller explicitly told me this was not his bridle, simply one that was lying around. Also, both times in the picture, he was adjusting and chewing at the bit, making it look much higher and tighter than it actually is. He chews it after the ride is done, most likely because he does not like it, which I can understand. I'm not basing any of my decisions on years of knowledge, simply on my research, my trainer (which I will be changing) and the opinions of you guys. I do not claim to be an amazing trainer of horses which is why I posted under new to horses because I clearly stated I am new to horses. I am simply looking for advice so that my horse does not become dangerous and I'll have to give him up for safety reasons. I am devoted to my horse and I will do anything to make his life and mine better and safer. He is NOT A bad horse, just difficult and I am offended that anyone thinks he is without ever meeting him. :( If I simply label him a bad horse and give him away, what will the next people do to him? Beat him into submission? I'm willing to be firm with him. I will be because I love him and want the best for him. Yes, I'm young, but that doesn't mean I can't help my horse. I just need time to learn and teach him as well(under the guidance of a GOOD trainer).
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post #22 of 24 Old 11-03-2015, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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So, I went to someone knowledgeable about horses and tack who is trusted by the local community and told them about my horse. After fully explaining that he's healthy and more or less fit, she recommended another bit which I tried today. There was a huge difference ein his demeanor mentally and physically on this ride. Suddenly, he's listening to my cues and even when he tried to trot to the spectators, He still lsitened. I was able to even keep him on the rail the entire time and was able to trot him around the entire arena twice with little resistance. I had to put less force in his mouth and I was even able to neck rein him a bit! It seems most, if not all his problems with listening to me were stemming from the incorrect bit. I'll continue to work with him but already there is a change in his demeanor with riding. He's more willing instead of me having to fight him. I will still be getting a new trainer though.

Oh! I was even able to walk him to spectators and away with little resistance. His tantrums were barely there. You could tell he wanted to do something but it was minor in comparison to what he usually does. I'll continue with walk/trot and once he's good with those gaits,I will move to the canter. It is ridiculously hot down here and he is usually already sweaty and warm before I even tack him up. :(

I will link the bit pic in a second!
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post #23 of 24 Old 11-03-2015, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Low port hinged futurity bit. With curb chain fitted properly. :)
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post #24 of 24 Old 11-04-2015, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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We had another great ride today. Barely an resistance and he continues to listen oy my cues. We started in a warm up arena in which I was able to neck rein him completly. Then, after 20 minutes of that, I moved to the arena where he gives me problems and while I couldn't really neck rein him, he was still listening to my cues,mainly my leg cues. He gave emergency some tantrums in the former of wanting to go into the middle/to people,but I pushed him to the rail with my leg and he listened. I did lots of trotting both directions and he listened nicely. To reward him, I kept the arena work short because he ended amazingly and I rode him in the pasture. He was excited and rushed to the water trough but I controlled him and only let him drink when I said it was OK for him to do so. Then he wanted dot head home,even stepped into a canter, but I held him back, turned him around and walked him through some logs. One of which he decided instead of walking over,he would jump it. He seemed to really enjoy it and was excited dot go back and do it again. We did that about 4 times and then I decided to call it a ride. :) He seemed so happy after that ride and I was really happy that he was listening to me. It's the best ride I've ever had in my life! <3
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