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Hi Rick
I have started out a new horse I got.She is  a sweet  6 year old Spanish mare,15,2 hh,that has never been handled or ridden.I have watched your videos on your youtube channel and I have read your articles on your site.I have started her on the round pen,she accepted the saddle quickly,she is good at loping and I have started riding her with a rope halter using only  one rein.I am currently working on walking,stopping and turning.Lots of sacking out.I got this problem with her.She walks fast ,especially in the first 10 min when I get on the saddle.How do I fix this?I am walking and stopping her on a loose rein.How can I achieve a slow relaxed walk?Thanks in advance,by the way I admire your advice on the Internet,I think you are a great horseman

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Slow way is fast way, she is telling you that she is not not comfortable and does not know what to expect. Slow down, saddle, round pen with walk trot and canter, more walking then trot and canter, let her figure out it is ok and comfortable to walk, when you mount, just sit and relax, flex both ways, relax, back up soft, stop and relax, flex and relax, get off and walk her with you on ground, relax, flex on ground, back up on ground, relax, flex and relax, mount and relax, no movement, sit in saddle and flex, relax. My guess is you get on she is nervous so you let her walk and move her feet since that is how she feels better, but now you have a habit and she expects this. Make a habit of sitting and flexing and relaxing when you get on. Then you walk, only three or four steps and stop. Back up, turn around, stand. flex, few steps forward and stop.

You can not let a new young horse learn to move to relax, you have to teach they can relax and stand still. She is not being mean, she is just new and nervous and thinks that is what she is supposed to do. She thinks this since you have not taught her any different.  She is talking and telling you, but you are not listening or missing it or misreading it.  Change what you do and she will change what she does.

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--Rick is a student of the horse. I have over 450 free videos on Youtube about horses. I believe in and practice "Natural Horsemanship". I ride mainly western and don't use or promote spurs, bits, or whips. Reins are only one cue for the horse. Using the entire body helps the horse understand. I define riding as a human and horse working together for the enjoyment of both. Pain and fear should not be part of the equation. If you expect feel good advice, you will be disappointed. 95% of all my answers will include the problem is you and not your horse. About 90% of most answers that I give out are on my web site, so if you read it you will probably answer your own question and may learn a few other things. If you ask me a question that I answer on my site or video I will send your question to the question pool.

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Rick is an experienced horseman with over 35 years of riding and handling horses. Rick grew up in Texas around horses and horse people. He has started colts, ridden many horses with behavior issues and worked with problem horses. (He believes that most horse problems are really people problems) He believes in and practices natural horsemanship and continues to read and study books by great horsemen. He routinely attends clinics, talks with and discuss horse issues with other clinicians and trainers. He has never met a horse that could not be fixed. Rick believes it is never the horse's fault and with proper handling, all problems can be worked out.

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I have life long experience in being around and working with horses. Over the years I have watched good horsemen do the right thing and seen the wrong things done with bad results. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

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