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    I have had the most annoying morning ever, stick with me, I just need to vent.

    So I knew being Melbourne it was going to storm during the day, and I hadn't worked my horses for a few days, so I dragged myself up at 8 and me and Lady took the 15 minute walk to the paddock.
    Ok quick horsey lesson;
    My Thoroughbred is plain green. This means he's still learning how to listen to leg aids, where to put his legs, how to get on the bit and round his frame.
    Leg aids is a way to communicate with the horse by using pressure on the horse's girth. Pressure(yeilding) from the left leg makes the horse move right, and yeilding from the right leg makes the horse go left as they try to get away from the pressure.
    Horses naturally power from their forehand(front end) some will also hollow their back and raise their head. Its very easy for a horse to ride like this, takes a lot less effort. The desired position is all their weight in their hind quarters, their back facing up(if that makes sense) and 'on the bit'(they will react better to the rein). The horse and rider can then control and use his energy and muscles more efficiently.
    GOOD.

    BAD.


    Anyway, to work on Wiley's 'position', I need to walk him around the arena, and bend him into the corner(using leg aids, plus some other things but its irrelevent). Once he is relaxed he will stretch his head forward and down and lean into the bit and this is the beginning of making him frame up.
    WELL, something that is meant to take 10 minutes, took 30 until I said quite explicitly 'eff this Wiley, for eff sake'. He wasn't listening to my aids, he was cutting corners, the top of his head(poll) was about at shoulder height, he was fighting the bit and opening his mouth as if I was holding his reins to tight. I was so frustrated, so I got off, and put him in the round yard.
    I lunged him for about 15 minutes, 10 minute trotting, 5 minute canter finish. Well, what I hoped was a finish.

    Not only has he decided he wasn't going to listen to my leg aid, he wasn't gonna listen to my voice aid. I stood for about 2 minutes saying 'wooooooah' and absolutely NO reponse at all. I started to tear up with frustration(I could see the storm coming and I just wanted to get on and finish him up). Usually I say woah, he stops and then I call him in to the middle. I threw this out the window and just walked over to him as he's cantering around. He spun around and galloped as fast as he could in the tiny yard. Then I moved my neck to quickly and got whip lash(or something like that).
    I sat in the middle of the yard while he GALLOPED for 10 minutes non stop. Smashing his hooves into the posts. He started to slow down, so i stood up and he galloped for another 5 minutes.
    It wasn't until he was foaming that he finally stopped. The storm was coming, but I didn't care, this brat of a horse wasn't getting away with not being ridden. I got back on and attempted more bending.
    Nup, nothing. Not paying attention at all.
    Fine, back to the lunge yard. The exact same thing as before happened.
    Once he finished, I got back on and still head as high as a giraffe, fighting the bit. By now im bawling As I got off I wimpered 'what the eff Wiley...'.
    I untacked him and bent one of my nails back while doing that. I washed him and fed him.
    I started walking home and down comes the terential rain. And guess what, I was wearing a white top

    Yeah, we only got a little bit wet.


    1. My horse has taken about 4 steps back in our training.
    2. I have a sore neck.
    3. I bent my nail backwards.
    4. I got soaked.
    5. I had to walk home with a see through top.
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    yup.... thats why we love em!!!
    Where would your day be with out that exitement???
    Must be the day for the nags...we have the clouds ready for rain, but none yet.
    I got up to find mine in the house yard..eating my roses......
    yes, who would have thought it.. horses love roses.
    You have whiplash and a broked nail..a have a bloody stubbed toe when i chucked a tantrum and kicked a rock (with bare feet) when instead of coming when called, like they aaaaaaaaaalways do, the ponies decided to run the other way...straight thru the garded bed i just planted last week.

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    Jeez Myf, what a nightmare!
    I have found with horses, if you act like something will only take X amount of time, it will take XXX amount of time. act as if you have XXXXX amount of time, and it will only take x amount of time. Follow me?

    Sometimes horses are just butts like that.The other day I was riding Romeo, and he had a 'moment' like this. I just completely relaxed, went back a few steps, and just did some really basic walk- halt, walk- trot, trot- walk etc transitions, working on bending and flexing, and once he was paying attention again, I started up on the thing that I was working on before he started being a butt. I find that going straight back to basics really helps.


    Damn, that is a nice chestnut.

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    Im glad im not the only one with disobediant horses!
    I mean they have thier days of pure perfection, and then theres days where they can't do anything right
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    hehehe that is so right!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    Jeez Myf, what a nightmare!
    I have found with horses, if you act like something will only take X amount of time, it will take XXX amount of time. act as if you have XXXXX amount of time, and it will only take x amount of time. Follow me?

    Sometimes horses are just butts like that.The other day I was riding Romeo, and he had a 'moment' like this. I just completely relaxed, went back a few steps, and just did some really basic walk- halt, walk- trot, trot- walk etc transitions, working on bending and flexing, and once he was paying attention again, I started up on the thing that I was working on before he started being a butt. I find that going straight back to basics really helps.


    Damn, that is a nice chestnut.
    Yeah I get you
    After we hit the 15 minute mark of the first corner attempt, I said to him, 'Wiley, I don't care if this takes all day' you're gonna do it.'
    Lesson learnt; horses will always win in a battle of stubborness.

    I felt I was pretty calm until 25 minutes in, then I just lost it. It was probly my fault nothing worked after this, but Im just too persistent, I just wanted to finish on a good note.

    The Chestnuts gorgeous ey
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    Aha, that is where being the most patient person ( and stubborn) I know is handy. One time, I was trying to get Kosmo in the stable. He decided he was NOT GOING IN. I decided he was. Three hours later, I had a stomped on foot, a kicked arse, covered in dirt and sweat, and just about to drop from exhaustion - Kossie weighs about 600kg- but he was in his goddamn stable, munching away on his hardfeed.

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    HAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!
    Thats awesome

    I don't think im that persistent/stubborn. Wiley weighs about 700kg and is 16.1hh, and I can't handle 'fighting' him. Its too much. He pure muscle aswell.
    He didn't wanna get in the wash bay the other week for some reason, and there was no way he was going to get in if he didn't want to
    I tried for about 15 minutes and gave up.

    On the other hand, I have a very fat 600kg Quarter Horse who stands at 15.4hh, and when she messes around its a piece of cake!
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    Lol, I wasn't exactly physically fighting him, but a battle of wills and me leaning on the leadrope, but he got sick of that and started backing up, so I kept making him back until it wasn't an easy way to get out of things anymore, so he got stroppy and kicked me square on my arse. He didn't like it when I kept making him move out of my way after that, showing my dominance over him, so he stomped on me.

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    Sounds like you're a decent horsey person! You know what you're doing!
    Do you have any photos of you riding that you feel comfortable sharing? No critique from me, promise
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