Sunday, July 15, 2012

merlin and i have some things to work out...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a beautiful road. What's the story?

July 15, 2012 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Mary Schroeder said...

Sorry to hear that. What exactly is the problem? Maybe us readers can give some pointers?

If it is just stubbornness you will probably just need to put a little "extra sugar" in your directions if he isn't listening to you.

A lot of trainers use the ask once - ask a second time with a little more force and the third time gets the "sugar" which is a whack on the bottom type of thing.

Perhaps do some riding around the house. Get him back to listening to you while riding in a circle in the yard or something - do some figure eights, put him through all his paces, etc. Make sure when you ask him to do something he is doing it at the slightest touch so you know he is listening to you.

Best of Luck!

July 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger steakandeggs said...

Why don't you get a EZ Mount stirrup extender for a english saddle. Sure beats the heck out walking home or finding an old stump. Found this site on the internet, but you probably get them in other places.

July 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM  
Anonymous LindsayBL said...

Hang in there and remember you are the alpha on that farm!

July 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

Oh dear - that sounds like Merlin 1, Jenna nil . . .

July 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your determined walking stance: "Follow ME, pony!"

Kathleen : )

July 15, 2012 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger ebwhite said...

Seeing you walking, I hope the dismount was planned. He just needs time to adjust to the fact that you are more determined and patient than he is.

July 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Oh my...that can not be good. Hope you and Merlin can get things worked out.It just may need a lot more time than you were expecting. Sometimes that is just the way of things, even though its not the plan you may have had in mind.

Grace and Peace,


July 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Jenna, as someone who has years of experience with horses, why don't you try a western saddle for a bit, just to feel more secure in your seat. I get the impression you still feel some anxiety when riding Merlin (I've never heard you say that you even canter with him), and of course he knows that and will take advantage of you, on top of having that pony stubborn streak LOL. And as Mary commented, spend a week or two riding on your property where you feel most comfortable. Good luck! Merlin is gorgeous!!!

July 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

Trailing alone can be tricky. Horses are herd beasts and often dont want to be gone from their barn or pasture mates.
One trick I used with a horse that hated to mind on the trail when the using strong suggetion method didnt work was treats.
When he was walking nicely the direction I wanted to go, Id lean over and give him a treat.
Once the stopping and turning and fussing started, we would have battle and as soon as he turned the correct direction or stood still, he got another treat. Any rearing is not acceptable and in your case will need some advanced trainer advice how to handle, that can get seriously dangerouse fast.
Merlins a tricky one, a almost horse body with the stubborn crafty naughty brain of a shetland pony. Dont get discouraged, its life with horses!

July 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM  
Anonymous H said...

As a non-horse person, I have no advice, but I do have a question. Who took the picture? Were you out riding with someone, or do you have someone who documents your days for the blog?

July 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Uh Oh!

July 15, 2012 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Don't forget he needs an adjustment period. Didn't he have a few days of issues when he first went to Riding Right? This is a new home for him, after already moving not so long ago, he has many new critters to get used to, new noises, sents, roommate.... And I am sure you have some level of anxiety and adjustment as well. Especially after the bear incodent. And I am sure he hasn't forgotten about mr bear yet either. I have actuallly heard from quite a few people lately that bears have been raiding food sorces close to their homes, like within the past week. Maybe you have one close to your place scoping out your garden or garbage. I was just out looking for berries and noticed a lot of them had dried up from the drought.
It will come. Always start out your lessons with ground work, then when you are on his back do some basics around your property before you head out on the trail. Lots of circles, backing, sidepasses. When you are mounted do a lot of turning his head to each side while standing still. And don't forget to breath! He will absolutly pick up on your anxiety. Trust me on this, I speak from experience. It will all come together in time, and many, many miles and bruises. And when in doubt, watch International Velvet or Sylvester. Those are my get off your ass and grow a pair movies! Lots of inspiration! Good luck and don't let that handsome man tell you how it's gonna be!

July 15, 2012 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

This is nothing, compared with what else you have achieved so far. Just having him at home with you is an achievement. He'll adjust, and so will you. Blessings.

July 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Jenny Glen said...

Uh oh. I was wondering if the past few days of riding when he would balk and go no further was a symptom of something to come. I know you thought there were things that upset him and I'm sure there was but were they really the huge problems that he was making it out to be?
Can you get a trainer to come out and help you through it?

July 15, 2012 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

What Holly said!

You need to take command again. He's got to earn that pretty new pasture.

July 15, 2012 at 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at that determined stride!

July 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dinna fash, Jenna - there are still many verra fine rides ahead for you and the wee pony!


July 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You shouldn't have walked him home. You should have gotten back on him so he knows who is boss. Now he knows he can push you around! Never let a horse get the best of you, always get back on- it's better for you AND the horse that way. You have a responsibility to keep this horse's training consistent- just because he's out of the stables and onto your property doesn't mean his training should stop, it's a disservice to the horse.

July 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM  

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