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10-14-2011 03:35 AM

Sandy definitely loves to run. I have been riding bit and bridle on bare back. As I have become more comfortable with Sandy riding her most afternoons, I have been learning more how to control her through neck reigning. She had been just walking with me, occassionally she would try to trot but I would quickly hold her back. Today I decided to encourage her to trot then went into full gallop.

Crazy thing! My body automatically found a perfect rhythm with Sandy’s stride. I noticed my leg muscles relax and my balance was maintained through rhythm. It was awesome.

I am new to horses and so this is all a learning experience to me. But boy did I love running her. We sure moved quick. We live on 13 acres so we were getting from one side of the field to the other fast.

I am finding that Sandy is not a little kids horse. She is not so called “bombproof” as was told to us by the seller. I am a beginning rider but would never describe her as a good horse for small kids or beginning riders. She is a little difficult to handle and does not like to be “plow reigned”. She does much better neck riegned with a firm tight hold on both reigns to keep her head up and under my control. She does throw her head some but does adventually submit.

Anyway, I have loved my time with her.

And I have attempted to bond with her by messaging her back, feeding her apples, grain and just trying to bond with her.

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#1 posted 10-14-2011 03:41 AM

And she tends to spook some. Today she spooked from the neighbors donkeys. She took off running with me and refused to stop until we were at the other end of the field and the donkeys were long behind us. I am sure it was the donkeys because she kept her attention on them and acted funny when donkeys came to the fence. Like I said, not bomb proof.

Can she be made more bomb proof through training.

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#2 posted 10-14-2011 04:27 AM

My best advice is to get a professional to help you before you get hurt! Having said that, there is a good book called “Bombproofing Your Horse” written by a mounted police guru that I enjoyed. His approach is similar to my program and stresses being SAFE!

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#3 posted 10-14-2011 10:08 AM

More fun than making cabinets. eh? ;-)) Feeding her things like apples ect out of your hand is a good way to start her biting. I would be especially careful of that if she is gong to be around your kids or vice versa.

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#4 posted 10-14-2011 09:11 PM

>“a mounted police guru that I enjoyed”
You enjoyed a police guru? You’re worrying me now Andy.

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#5 posted 10-14-2011 09:45 PM

@Rance: At least the police guru was not mounted in that sentence. :-)

Jerry, I don’t know anything about horses, but it sounds like you have a fun new hobby (as if woodworking wasn’t expensive enough).

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#6 posted 10-15-2011 04:51 AM

Rance/Charlie – You guys! The book is what I enjoyed. Mounted police are those horseback cops that do tough jobs like crowd control, riot intervention. They are mostly riding donated horses that were a problem for the previous owner so getting them to do what they do is a real challenge. Couple that with the fact that most cops aren’t cowboys and I think you can appreciate the skill required to school these horses. Charlie, you have probably seen these horses during Mardi Gras. Amazing! Surrounded by a zillion drunks and no one gets stepped on, kicked, or run over. Imagine the liability risk for the city if one of these horses hurts someone. Sorry for the long post but these horses are special to me.

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#7 posted 10-15-2011 05:24 AM

Yep, I almost brought that up. Those horses will really put up with all sorts of commotion. It’s amazing to watch.

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#8 posted 10-15-2011 05:41 AM

I knew the guy who handled the horse training for the local equine police unit. They went thru lots of horses before actually puttng one on the street. Those horses get tons of training.

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#9 posted 10-15-2011 07:29 AM

All i have to say is I have a ton to learn. Yesterday I had a great time riding, probably rode her for more then an hour. Today was a different story. She refused to accept the bit. Im stubborn, so after fighting her for what seemed an hour, she took the bit. Then riding her was the worst. She managed to throw me twice before I called it quits. She would trot then quickly do 180 degree turn and get me of center. Im still riding bare back, ut did not help that I had a long tiring day and was already physically worn out.

Well, I know she hates the bit, but riding her yesterday she was a ton easier to control. Maybe using a hackamore would be better for her. She throws her head with the bit a lot.

Well, hopefully I can do some reading and more learning.

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#10 posted 10-15-2011 05:38 PM

Sounds like you’re heading for a major wreck sooner or later. Your horse is figuring out that she can take control and that is NOT a good thing.

Reading is good, but you really need to work with an experienced trainer before you get hurt – or you really screw up what is probably a decent horse.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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