When You Meet A Roadblock

Hey can we talk?

Temporary training roadblocks.  What have you done with them?  If short on blogging material, I’d love to read it.

We’ve had a couple of excellent rides, there’s been some OK counter canter on shallow loops along the long side and other small parts are coming together.

horse in spring pasture

In between, some really horrid rides.  Not extremely disobedient or dangerous, that’s not how this mare rolls, just unproductive, nagging, (on my part.) and I end up stuck arguing with her about shoulders instead of riding from the leg and focusing on pushing the hand forward.

I’m smart enough to know not every ride is going to be great.

horses getting fat from grass

The girls, getting wide on pasture.

But I’d love to read your posts on which ever roadblocks you’ve pushed through with your horse, and what solved them in the end.  I think it’d be a really fun read!  Fire away!

keeping horses on pasture without foundering

That’s all from the hill.

20 thoughts on “When You Meet A Roadblock

  1. Sounds like you’re getting back into the riding routine. About training roadblocks, I’ll leave that to my riders in the family. 🙂

    Tell Valiosa she looks nice in the plaid, but I’m sure she prefers other color combinations, lol.

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  2. Awwww, Valiosa looks adorable!!!! 🙂 I haven’t encountered too many training road blocks yet (I haven’t been riding for a SUPER long time, just a year and a half) but when I first started, I had such a hard time with my diagonals!!! Thankfully, I’ve gotten that all taken care of now. ❤

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  3. Change a few rides to something completely different than what you normally do. Go trail riding, teach her to long line, drag things, interesting obstacles…anything different then go back to business as usual.

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  4. I claim no expertise but have lots of experience. What I have found to help me (in no particular order):
    1. get a second opinion as to what is going on and develop a plan
    2. stick to the plan.

    #1 is easy for me- #2 is much harder because I’m a great ‘second guesser’

    The other thing is go out of the ring and do something different- trail ride, go to a friends try to find the fun.

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    1. Yes for the second opinion!!! It amazing what a difference it can make, just to have someone else observe what’s going on, and a small, tiny change in the riding can suddenly turn everything into less of an issue.
      I’m with you 🙂 Sticking to the plan is sometimes the hardest!
      Finding the fun is also a huge part of the package, usually the hardest part!


      1. I am in a pretty intense training program both with Belinda and over the winter with Lou in FL. You are mostly working on your own and with a young horse. So Bravo to you for hard work and persistence.

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  5. All I know are three things…
    Find a way to make sure your horse is forward.
    If you don’t have forward, you can’t have straight.
    If you don’t have straight, you can’t do anything else.

    I’m still working on forward…

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    1. You and me both!
      I’ve figured out that cantering early does no good for this mare. However, it’s after the canter that we can get some really nice forward trot, it helps to get that back swinging. At the end of our rides is when I’m often the very most happy with her. She’ll be breathing really well and I can feel that nice “push” from her. But I’ve yet to figure out how to get there sooner. There’s got to be a way, right!?
      Then again, if I ask for it too early, she’ll tense against it and get cranky. I’m sure you’ve experienced some of the same.
      We’ll both have to keep working on just the right balance.

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      1. I do get the early “after the canter” effect with Charm. Some horses are just that way–you’re supposed to “warm them up” slowly, but my crazy mare does much better if you skip the slowly part and just go for it. Maybe Charm should have a talk with Valiosa?

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        1. My favorite is the “oh so lazy” then suddenly waking up the next day when offered trot poles on the lunge line and suddenly jumping over three of them. Well, actually two of them, landing in the middle of number three… Youth 😉


      1. I can imagine! You always must be on your guard! A friend of mine bought a 7 year old gelding who may have been gelded a little late and was very mouthy. Always wanted something in his mouth. She took him to a trainer and I was amazed at how quickly the trainer got that horse to respect her space! Without hurting the horse, just demanding respect by flipping the very soft lead rope is a special way that it would flap against the horses cheek as she walked determinedly toward the horse. The horse backed up so fast it almost sat down. The woman trainer was just a little thing but had that Tennessee Walker completely showing her respect without showing any fear. The demonstration was fascinating. There was no anger involved, just communication through body language and the lead rope skillfully handled!

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