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blackidris

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blackidris says:

young horse, napping and evading the bit, help!!!

please, please, please can anyone help!! I have lost my confidence in my 4 year old that I have only owned 5 wks

He is an irish draught gelding. He had started to do really well on the roads, we were starting to ride out, trying to do a little more each time. Sometimes he was better than others. We had occasions where he would stop and turn to head back home. I would then turn him back round and carry on. Even if we only went a few paces before I turned him to go home I knew I could not let him nap back home.

Twice now though he has successfully ignored me, refused to turn and just pulled through the bit and dragged me hoe. I could do absolutuely nothing to stop him. Today he swung himself into a cyclist, trotted me back to the field, cantered off with me then shot me back into the road. He didnt listen o anthing I tried and will not turn at all! My friend advised a flash strap which I put on today in the hope it would make him more responsive to the bit. it didnt!

I have now lost trust in him on the roads as I am unable to stop him. He will follow someone on a bike so I will keep trying that but more often than not I dont have people around that can come out with me. I have bought a full cheek bit that I havent tried yet. Can anyone offer any advice? Or has anyone gone through the same thing and can reassure me that it may be ok eventually?!!

 

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Alphabay

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Alphabay says:

Re: young horse, napping and evading the bit, help!!!

I went through something similar to you. I brought my TBX mare last year when she was rising 5 and it started great, she was safe and didn't really spook or nap. Then all of a sudden she started to change and became a horrid 5 year old! In the end i only had to walk in to the field, she would see me then start charging round kicking out so i didn't stand a chance in catching her. I was frequently bucked off and she would nap back down the track from the school. I just wanted to sell her.

But with consistent work and the help from other people from the yard and getting a new, brilliant instructor i got my confidence up and her behaviour has dramatically improved as she has matured and learnt to trust me. I also done join up (natural horsemanship) which really helped us bond. I still get a little worried every now and then thinking she is going to buck e.t.c but thing keep getting better!

 

I know how you feel but maybe get some help from others and keep going with it, its only been 5 weeks and they have got to get their trust in you yet. The best of luck and i really hope it works out for you! xx

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blackidris

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blackidris says:

Re: young horse, napping and evading the bit, help!!!

thankyou! ive read alot of stuff by mark rashid and his techniques sound great, but my worry is not even getting him to respond to the turn :( I'm going to work on the schooling alot and only go out when i have someone to walk or cycle with me. Did you try that? If so, how long did you keep that up before you tried it on your own again?

 

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Alphabay

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Alphabay says:

Re: young horse, napping and evading the bit, help!!!

I do the same as you, doing a lot of schooling both for general training and to get her to listen and behave both on ground and ridden. My mare isn't good hacking out by herself but very good in the company of another horse so i take her out a lot in company. I am building her up to go out alone by schooling her first so she is more tired and responsive, then walking a short distance up our track then turning and bringing her home, then when were confident going that little bit further. She is the lead mare in the field so gets very stressy when seperated too far from them, she has bucked me off right at the top of the track in the field before and galloped all the way home! But just working on it step by step now (:

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