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I HAVE READ THE NOTIFICATION.Hi it's me again,about the Spanish mare I have started.I have progressed a little from the time I first asked you.I have some questions,however my question is gonna be a little long as I want to give you as many facs as possible.After a while managed to slow her down however not in a perfect level.I managed to walk trot and canter with one rein in a large round pen.However I notice that my mare is not yet completely relaxed.When I walk her she raises her head a little and tries to find release by going on the edge of the round pen.When she goes there then she tries to trot.She is really challenging to me In a good way.After some more progress I advanced to two rein riding all on a rope halter.At first I did great her head was low and all.But after I got used to the two reins I became too dependent on them and I relealised I was nagging her.By that time I started a few trail rides and I realized that out there.So,I practiced more and even though I have two reins I only use one.However at one point I messed up.There is a dirt rode where I ride where there are big bushes left and right .There are sounds of machines working by and a couple of dogs loose.When I leave the barn she stalls at this point,head up and freezes.As She was not paying attention to me I squeezed her to forward.She does but she tries to go right or left and to return to the barn.When She does that I am ready and I direct her head and I get her through the road.However one time she pretended she wanted to graze and took the reins on my hands a little aggressively .Instead of raising her head with one rein I grabbed two  and because she had her head locked down I accidentally jerked the reins.She reared ,I grabbed one rein short and disengaged her hips,but As she put her legs on the ground The right stirrup of my saddle broke,I lost my footing and put her off balance and she gave some good bucks,I had already been unseated,so I bit the dust good.She bolted in the fields,I took a shorter route and caught her.She was a little lame on one foot,however,I didn't want to let her know that she could get away with that so I mounted and I went to the same spot I did a circle there and returned home.After many weeks I have realised I should have taken the trail business more slowly.If she gets scared of dogs or cars,she cannot bolt or buck me off(my balance has improved)I grab one rein and stop her.The only way she can get me off is by giving a few bucks and then rear.I figured that latter.At that point I realised That I was missing critical small things that were happening before the big ones.For instance When I return to the barn She tenses up on the road I mentioned.However when returning she doesn't freeze,she has a drive to return,and I get a little frustrated trying to hold her back.When I use both reins she gets worse so I use one rein but I have to be careful as one time she got confused and turned in the bushes.Now,if she tries to go faster on the way back ,I turn her back with her butt to the barn And I stop her.She gets a little light there and when she tries to make a few hops,I flex her aggressively.When she gives me her head I loose the rein let her relax and let her go home.However I think I did not do smalls steps ,I think she does not do that because he is lazy and tries to intimidate me but because she is nervous.So,I thought I should retrain myself and her.I did more groundwork and sacking out,I now use the draw more and not the rope to ask her things.Sometimes,I do forget to use voice ques.However I have come up to this problem.She seems nervous to go into canterShe get anxious about it,and when she knows I'm gonna ask her she pulls the rope and gives a few bucks.I immediately get in front of the driveline to slow her down,when she relaxes Then I ask her to go to canter,She is scared at fiestas spins as She relaxes at the canter I slow her to the walk then I draw her near me and stop,then I do it again till her reaction gets better.Then I switched back to one rein.Now I have another problem.I round pen for 10 min then I draw her and let her relax.I desensitize her to the rope by standing next to the saddle I flex with my hands moving on the saddle horn as if I was on top of her.Then I flex,I switch rope flex other way,then back her up,then I wiggle the saddle to prepare her I will mount,I mount and sit there.Then I messed up.She seemed to be a little nervous and she seems to bee over sensitive.Whith the slightest move she walks off,and tries to go faster and on the outside of the round pen.I slowed her down but as I lower the rope to switch it she then goes faster and before the rope switch it got caught in her temple and bolted in the round pen,I had the saddle a little loose,I wasn't prepared for that speed and as I struggled not to get caught in the fence the saddle because of leaning to one side went to the side and I fell.As soon as I hit the ground I calmly stopped her took of the saddle ,put it again the right way,I let her relax a little I remounted and I flexed like nothing has happened I waked her I did some turns without attempting to switch off the rein and I stopped her.It seems she gets confused to stop and she turns a lot,I don't remove the pressure and as Soon as she stops i get off.Now I plan to start her over from the basics again.Then I will lead her to the trail,sack her out to the places she spooked.I will take things slower,so I can prevent things from happening and not to react to them.I am writing all this so you can give me some advice,as you have more experience,when I ride only for three years.Please tell me what I should have done better,what have I missed so I can learn more from my mistakes.

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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.


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.

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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