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  • MaryssaxMagic Original Poster MaryssaxMagic
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    Ok so I have an OTTB, 14 years of age. He has cushings diease (any advice at all on that would be amazing) but he gets very excited during the canter most of the time to the point I either have to stop him or circle him until he slows down, but he instantly goes back to an extend canter and occasionally gallop. He is a big boy at 17 hands, but I’ve had him at a collected canter before he just wont stay at it. When I fly his leads its worse! I don’t want to slow him down I just want him to have a collected canter and extended not a mix of bother all at once.
    ANd he gets excited in his trot where I can not sit it so sitting rough trot advice??
    Any advice for me on really looking still and professional would be great too! My legs are pretty quite but when he gets strong my feet slip sometimes.
    For Tack-
    Any one know of some good quality jumper boots under $100 or even some that are over, but I just want some good boots to protect my boys legs!
    And half pads?? He lost some back muscles and his spine is slightly showing, his saddle fits fairly well so I just need a pad for extra comfort especially since he has a shark fin wither!
    Please help me! I’m switching barns soon to go to a more professional trainer than I have right now, my current barn neglected to take care of my horse therefore I am switching for our goals and health to be priority!
    Thank you!!
    P.S. Picture is of my horse,Magic just so you can see his back!

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    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Cushings can be managed. One of the horses at our farm has it, and is still quite frisky at age 36.

    As for the rest, I recommend a good trainer – one who will also be willing to get on the horse, as well as tell you things. If you want to look still, sit still. When I was young (many eons ago) we had to learn to ride without reins or stirrups. Not saying you should drop your reins, but you could cross your irons, and rely on your seat and legs to keep you where you belong.

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
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    When we humans get concerned or frightened, a flood of adrenaline can be released, and we tend to tense muscles through out our bodies. This is a problem when riding, because we need to relax and open muscles so that our body can flow with the horse’s movement & so that the energy the horse creates can flow through our body. When we tense muscles, we block the flow of energy, and instead of moving with the horse, we bounce. It is much for comfortable for the horse when we move with him, and bouncing on his back can be actually painful for the horse, who is genetically pre-programmed to run away from pain, which could be a predator who has managed to land on his back. Off the horse, experiment with relaxing the heavy muscles through your back until you can control them easily, then try it on the horse. Also teach yourself to recognize and control tension in your fingers, hands, arms & shoulders.

    The 2nd problem with unintentionally tensing muscles is that horses read body language only too well. We have, to some extent, reprogrammed horses to consider their human riders as their “herd” leader, and when they feel their “leader” tense, they assume that is happening because the leader has spotted some danger they have not yet perceived, and the fact that there is not only something dangerous enough to catch the head horse’s attention is then magnified because to your horse’s way of thinking, not only is there is some type of danger somewhere in the vicinity, but your horse can’t find the source, so he doesn’t know which way to run.

    Controlling your body language and even being amused (or making the horse think you are amused by staying relaxed), can reassure your horse that there is nothing to fear so he will relax. A horse having a panic attack does not think things through, he reacts, because in the wild that reaction could mean the difference between being alive and being dinner for some predator.

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