February 14, 2014 at 11:50 pmErikaReed Original PosterTopics Started: 3Replies Posted: 3
I have a 6 year old Quarter Horse Gelding, who i do hunters and equitation with. he is a VERY calm horse, especially for a 6 year old. He never bucks, rears, anything of that matter. But sometimes i notice when i ride him and i ask him for a little more than he’s giving me, or i teach him new things, he gets a little frazzled and worked up. i was considering starting him on some type of focusing supplement just to help him focus on me and not anticipate. Thoughts, suggestions? anything is greatly appreciated.February 15, 2014 at 7:22 pmNinaJDTopics Started: 8Replies Posted: 139
It could just be his age, or him getting confused about what you’re asking him.
As long as he’s not bucking/rearing or fighting you in general, I would leave him be and just continue to work on things.
Take your time, he’s still young.
"Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
"Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
Pat ParelliFebruary 17, 2014 at 6:12 pmRhinestone CowgirlTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 20
Based on your description of your horse, it sounds like a normal response to pressure he’s feeling, and this is simply a matter of him needing time and patience. I would only reach for a supplement for a horse who is overly sensitive to touch or sounds, is genuinely fearful, nervous or anxious in predictable situations where training issues have already been ruled out, and of course for horses on forced stall rest. Overall he sounds like a really good boy. If you push him and start to feel him unraveling, try taking a step back to something you know he can be successful at, and break down what you were attempting into even smaller pieces next time. When I hit a spot like this with my mare, I like to remember the words of a trainer and competitor I respect, “Training horses is never a straight line…you scale high peaks, descend into deep valleys, make wrong turns, go down dead ends and wander around a bit. But, if you keep your eyes on short-term and long-term training goals, and you keep working and listening to your horse, you usually get where you intended to go.” Don’t be afraid to scale back when he seems to be getting frustrated. It’s not that you’re “letting him get away with it,” you’re rephrasing the question to help him find the answer. Best of luck!
Western Pleasure, Hunter/Jumper, Working Cow...there's an App for that!February 18, 2014 at 9:55 pmErikaReed Original PosterTopics Started: 3Replies Posted: 3
thank you, that is very helpful and comforting!!March 12, 2014 at 4:19 pmjsettinaTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
Not sure if you’ll see this comment but just read this topic. In my experience teaching young green horses, alot deals with the inexperience and insecurity of the horse. A remedy I’ve used for many years is in the round pen where the horse learns to rely on you for direction. There are some great training videos on clinics illustration this training method. I would cease to attempt to progress your horse’s skill level until you have gone back to the basics of longeing and/or round pen training. This approach will put the horse in the proper mindset to trust you and build his confidence. As another commentor advised, go slowly when asking for advancement. Return to a point where the horse is comfortable and continue to teach a new skill in small increments. Horses learn by repetition and the rider has to be patient and considerate.
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