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dexxy

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dexxy says:

Getting my youngster past horses

I posted something a little while ago saying we have a new horse, and was wondering about a pecking order. Thanks for all that helped, luckily they are all now good friends! :)

 

I backed my youngster last summer, and kind of left him for the winter. He's four now, and I've started lungeing him again, and he will hold  a bridle in his mouth and I'm picking his treeless saddle up tommorow.  

 

Last summer when I started to ride him round the village, he was absoloutely fab, apart from if he passed another horse.

 

 This makes him go nuts, rear in the air (I'd gotten off by this point) and try to follow them.  I now have a horse he can follow, but I'm just wondering if anybody has any advice in case it happens again, or how to prevent it, as he's so great and willing otherwise on his little hack, and I don't want to be responsible for an accident to any horses or people.

 

He's in a snaffle, no noseband, and it'll be a treeless saddle.  

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scarletromeo

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scarletromeo says:

Re: Getting my youngster past horses

first of all just keep your chin up :) i know moments like this make you feel crap but it will get better!!

I dont think its a confidence issue as he is more than happy to hack out on his own he is just being naughty.....

If it were me - there is NO way i would let him get away with it.... i dont believe in 'laying-in' to horses but in situations like this that could cause an accident i definately think  you should give him a firm tug with the rains and punish him how he recognises being punished (whether its a smack or growling at him).... Also providing its safe to do so take him in a different direction do not let him follow!!

I appreciate rearing is dangerous and plenty of people would do as you did and jump off - this is in no way meant to judge your riding ability BUT if it happens again is there anybody you know of that has the experience, competance and confidence to ride him through this? afterall you have more control on top than on the ground!

Hacking out with another horse is fine but i wouldn't let him rely  on other horses - so many will only hack out in company!  maybe just start out on hacks that are fairly quiet where you are not likely to meet other horses.... untill you bothbuild up your confidence going out alone try not to throw yourselves into the deep end.... :)

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Getting my youngster past horses

Will he longrein? If so try longreining him past other horses. He should evetually get the message that he has to go past them.

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dexxy

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dexxy says:

Re: Getting my youngster past horses

 Thanks for the advice, I'll try both of your tips =] 

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*chip*

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*chip* says:

Re: Getting my youngster past horses

I wouldnt see getting off as defeat personally, but, I'd carry a schoolin whip, try leading him out on hacks as part of his build up to ridden hacks, maybe ask a friend to come out with you but if possible split off and come a different way so they pass you, make your youngster walk on, if he turns to follow the other horse give him a tap with the end of the whip, or just hold it at the side of his nose if he'd listen to that,

we do this with my friends 5year old, I'll walk out with her and then we take a different road to meet up again, he'll have a paddy coz his mate has been taken away but he gets better the more we do it =) good luck, and most importantly dont put yourself in danger, rearers on the road are not fun and id sooner be on the ground than on their back if theyre goin up high (trust me ive had to school one out of the habbit =/)

ride a gypsy vanner... it'll make your butt look smaller

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highlander

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highlander says:

Re: Getting my youngster past horses

I know this sounds insane but how about a little bit of schooling with another horse in the school, make sure you do transitions and keep him listening to you while there is another horse around. If you do find it contitues when he rears crack a egg on his head and he won't rear again! It sounds insane but they think they have cracked their heads and don't repeat it!

It has been calculated thay any two thoroughbreds picked at random will on average have more than 13% of their genes in common.

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*chip*

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*chip* says:

Re: Getting my youngster past horses

highander...have you tried cracking an egg on a horses head when it rears?? most of the time you end up cracking it in your hand when the horse goes up and if you do manage it ive not known it to work yet =/

ride a gypsy vanner... it'll make your butt look smaller

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