Hot off Stall Rest

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  • kristen_ressler Original Poster
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    My Appendix QH was on stall rest for 3 weeks, and then light turn out with an older mare for another 2 weeks. I can finally begin to work him lightly but he won’t have it! He just wants to go, go, go, because he’s finally feeling better (this was a check ligament injury, not severe, but enough to require some rest to let it heal) and I’m not sure what to do with him before we ride. We did give him a little Ace the first few times out but I’m not fond of medicating him every single time we go out. He’s in regular turn out right now, but he’s never been one to really expend his energy that way; he doesn’t run with the other 10 horses, just kind of mosey’s behind them if they start running. He is ignoring my hands, or doing his best to. THere is no such thing as a nice canter, he would rather gallop with me (which is a fun thing we do occasionally, run around the property like nuts!). Any suggestions? I have a small tub of perfect prep that maybe I can give him until he settles down? We used to do XC and jumpers and have settled into the hunters recently but we won’t win anything when we get back into the show ring if he continues this running out.

    pheets pheets
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    Long-lining might be a beneficial tool for both of you? Incorporate ground rails when more settled and listening a bit better…

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    I agree with Pheets. You could also try just asking him to walk only, then walk/trot, and get him fitter (injury wise, sounds like the rest of him is ready to go) before asking for a canter.

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
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    It sounds like your guy has never been taught to listen to “whispered” rein commands. The basic idea is that if you normally ride with light but consistent contact, you can teach the horse to listen to your hands so that you need only to increase the amount of tension in your hands & fingers without moving your hands or elbows to instruct the horse to slow down. Conversely, if you lessen the tension in fingers and hands, again without changing the hand and elbow position, that change tells the horse to give you more power from the motor attached to the rear end, which can be expressed as more speed or a longer stride, depending on what other commands you simultaneously give with other parts of your body. I call this “riding the horse in your fingertips” as that is what it feels like. I did a long explanation of this technique in Joe-Joe’s topic “explaining that a show is not a race”, and referred to that post in the “Hot Arabian Mare” topic, where I also listed some additional information.

    This is not a quick fix. It takes time to teach the horse to listen to minute changes in your body, hand tension, etc. and it does help if you think of it as teaching the horse to listen to “whispered” commands.

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