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post #1 of 19 Old 09-24-2018, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Roping Horse Commands

I have recently discovered my horse that hasn't been ridden in 4 years used to be a competition roper. She was apparently very good. I only know the signals and commands for a pleasure rider, so riding is a little frustrating for both of us right now. I have discovered that she does much better with one hand on the reins as opposed to two, and it only takes a little leg pressure to get her to a walk, but she refuses to trot. I typically click my tongue and give leg pressure or a small kick to try to get her to trot. What am I doing wrong?!?!
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If your mare is as laminitic as you said she was, she's not trotting because her feet hurt. Do you have a video of her moving around? Her unwillingness to trot tells me she is lame and hurting. I would not be riding this mare.
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Her farrier and her vet said that she was ok to ride after we got her new shoes on. She now has shoes and some kind of gel sole to help with pain. She has shown no signs of pain since we got shoes on her. No more laying down or walking weird, so I was told riding was ok. She has been doing really well just walking but when I ask her to do more she protests the same way she did when I first started riding. Here is a video of her first ride from over a week ago.

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It won't let me access it unless you give approval. You should have an email.
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It won't let me access it unless you give approval. You should have an email.
So sorry. You should have access
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I can see the first frame but it won't open. I'll try at work and see if it works for me on a different computer.
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She looks a lot better, but still looks a little hesitant in front. i would bet trotting hurts her, or she's afraid it will.

Does she trot when you lead her or put her in a corral and ask her to move around? Try a cluck and leg squeeze -- keep squeezing until she trots, and leave the reins loose with no contact. If no luck there, try using the end of the reins or a stick or crop and giving a light tap behind the saddle when you're squeezing. If she's really resistant, I'd give her the benefit of the doubt that something still hurts.
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Ok thank you! She does move very fast sometimes. When I went out to ride yesterday, she saw the halter in my hand and took off across the paddock at a very quick gallop. It shocked me but she honestly seemed to be having fun, she just doesn't like being caught. It is like a game to her. I never chase her at a fast pace, but I will slowly approach her until she settles down enough to be caught. I have seen her move at an awesome pace, but it seems like as soon as I'm on she only wants to walk.
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I have recently discovered my horse that hasn't been ridden in 4 years used to be a competition roper. She was apparently very good. I only know the signals and commands for a pleasure rider, so riding is a little frustrating for both of us right now. I have discovered that she does much better with one hand on the reins as opposed to two, and it only takes a little leg pressure to get her to a walk, but she refuses to trot. I typically click my tongue and give leg pressure or a small kick to try to get her to trot. What am I doing wrong?!?!
Based on the video you posted, she still looks VERY uncomfortable to me. She is moving very, very stiff, not moving her feet straight (watch how she "paddles" when she walks toward the camera), and just looks very uncomfortable.

So that's probably why she doesn't want to trot for you --- it hurts.

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She has shown no signs of pain since we got shoes on her.
She looks very obviously uncomfortable in the video you posted. That's a sign of pain.

Even though she may have had little rotation on her x-rays (that you talked about in your other thread), the x-rays don't show the inflammation that has also occurred in the soft tissues that needs time to resolve.

Is she still getting grass? Realistically, most foundered horses can't handle being on grass at all, or at least only for a couple hours a day (morning is best when the sugars are the lowest in the grass).

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