The Rehabilitation of Storm......... Unexpected Behavior on the Trails........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 18, 2011, 1:40 am


Part 1As I continued on in my struggles with Storm and the canter I still continued with a session on the trails after our ride. Mostly that was to continue building on that foundation of correct movement that hill work pretty much guaranteed but I also wanted to get the Arabian horse really comfortable on the trails.It was on one of those rides that Storm manifested more bad behavior. While we were not cantering, much of his behavior very much mirrored what I was dealing with during canter work.
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The Rehabilitation of Storm ........ The Trouble with Cantering.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 17, 2011, 1:01 am


Part 1It was when we got into the canter work that the "discussions" with Storm really got serious. I can't tell you there was any rhyme or reason to his outbursts, only Storm seems to know that. For me it seemed totally out of the blue that the horse would erupt and those out bursts were more like real bronc moves than any I've ever experienced. I can still see that first explosion in my mind's eye as we went down the rail by the horse barns working at the canter to the right. This was the first
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The Rehabilitation of Storm ........ The Trouble with Cantering.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 17, 2011, 1:01 am


Part 1It was when we got into the canter work that the "discussions" with Storm really got serious. I can't tell you there was any rhyme or reason to his outbursts, only Storm seems to know that. For me it seemed totally out of the blue that the horse would erupt and those out bursts were more like real bronc moves than any I've ever experienced. I can still see that first explosion in my mind's eye as we went down the rail by the horse barns working at the canter to the right. This was the first
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The Rehabilitation of Storm........ Getting to Canter.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 16, 2011, 12:38 am


Part 1Of course with the weather like it was, it was days before I got back to the park with Storm to ride. When I did, I had the same tuned out horse thinking he was in charge that I had had before. It was like the session hadn't even happened, or at least it was that way on the ground.Once I got into the saddle, I found I still had no brakes. The only difference between this day and the previous schooling session was that his fight got smaller and it only took me about half the time to get the
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The Rehabilitation of Storm........ Getting to Canter.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 16, 2011, 12:38 am


Part 1Of course with the weather like it was, it was days before I got back to the park with Storm to ride. When I did, I had the same tuned out horse thinking he was in charge that I had had before. It was like the session hadn't even happened, or at least it was that way on the ground.Once I got into the saddle, I found I still had no brakes. The only difference between this day and the previous schooling session was that his fight got smaller and it only took me about half the time to get the
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The Rehabilitation of Storm........ Putting on Brakes.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 15, 2011, 12:18 am


Part 1I've never really had a horse that goes through a stop "just for sport." One that runs off when frightened every now and then, I've had but nothing consistent like this thing with Storm. It took me a few rides to realize it was about his attitude and not just a misunderstanding of a cue. Once I figured that out, Storm was in big trouble, figuratively speaking of course. I don't mess around inappropriate behavior wrapped up with attitudes in my horses because I know where it can lead. Obviously
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The Rehabilitation of Storm........ Putting on Brakes.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 15, 2011, 12:18 am


Part 1I've never really had a horse that goes through a stop "just for sport." One that runs off when frightened every now and then, I've had but nothing consistent like this thing with Storm. It took me a few rides to realize it was about his attitude and not just a misunderstanding of a cue. Once I figured that out, Storm was in big trouble, figuratively speaking of course. I don't mess around inappropriate behavior wrapped up with attitudes in my horses because I know where it can lead. Obviously
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The Rehabilitation of Storm..... Some Psychology......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 14, 2011, 1:28 am


Part 1It didn't really matter if the horse had broken into a canter or if he was at a trot, if Storm had any kind of attitude he was completely ignoring the word, "Whoa" and even "Whup" for that matter. We had no brakes if he was in a mood. If anything the horse got stronger when I asked him to stop or slow down. It was clear to me the horse did not think he needed to listen because he thought the decision was his to make.When I worked on fixing this situation Storm got mad. Not really the first
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The Rehabilitation of Storm..... Some Psychology......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 14, 2011, 1:28 am


Part 1It didn't really matter if the horse had broken into a canter or if he was at a trot, if Storm had any kind of attitude he was completely ignoring the word, "Whoa" and even "Whup" for that matter. We had no brakes if he was in a mood. If anything the horse got stronger when I asked him to stop or slow down. It was clear to me the horse did not think he needed to listen because he thought the decision was his to make.When I worked on fixing this situation Storm got mad. Not really the first
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The Rehabilitation of Storm......... Signs of Progress........and a Little Whoops....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 13, 2011, 2:20 am


Part 1Once I did get Storm listening to me on the ground, I would move on into riding him. Then I would stick to the same thing, walk work and trot work only. In the beginning even putting my leg on the horse to move him laterally made him want to break into the trot. Luckily for me the horse responds well to the word, "No." Even with that Storm seemed to get much more easily he shouldn't go from a walk to a trot than he did from a trot to a canter. Still I didn't even ask him for a trot until I
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The Rehabilitation of Storm......... Signs of Progress........and a Little Whoops....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 13, 2011, 2:20 am


Part 1Once I did get Storm listening to me on the ground, I would move on into riding him. Then I would stick to the same thing, walk work and trot work only. In the beginning even putting my leg on the horse to move him laterally made him want to break into the trot. Luckily for me the horse responds well to the word, "No." Even with that Storm seemed to get much more easily he shouldn't go from a walk to a trot than he did from a trot to a canter. Still I didn't even ask him for a trot until I
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The Rehabilitation of Storm... The Misunderstood Cue........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 10, 2011, 3:08 am


Part 1The hardest part of this process with Storm was a result of the breaks caused by the weather. I very much believe in starting the work week out slowly and building each session as we go. That way I don't push my horse to do something that will make him sore or put undue stress on him that can result in injury. This method has worked for me for many years. Knock on wood, I have never had a horse injured using this method. I think it has also contributed to the happy, willing attitudes of my
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The Rehabilitation of Storm... The Misunderstood Cue........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 10, 2011, 3:08 am


Part 1The hardest part of this process with Storm was a result of the breaks caused by the weather. I very much believe in starting the work week out slowly and building each session as we go. That way I don't push my horse to do something that will make him sore or put undue stress on him that can result in injury. This method has worked for me for many years. Knock on wood, I have never had a horse injured using this method. I think it has also contributed to the happy, willing attitudes of my
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The Rehabilitation of Storm....... A Little on Progress..... A Little on Theory......



Part 1The whole point of getting Storm out on the trails was to open that funky unnatural stride he had learned back up into the normal reachy stride the horse used to have. It was pretty obvious from his first rides on the trails Storm wasn't going to make that easy. The horse was so concerned about what might be lurking in the woods he minced along in a frustrating cautious pace barely a walk. Even asking the Arabian horse to move out at a trot or a lope didn't get the kind of forward I was looking
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The Rehabilitation of Storm....... A Little on Progress..... A Little on Theory......



Part 1The whole point of getting Storm out on the trails was to open that funky unnatural stride he had learned back up into the normal reachy stride the horse used to have. It was pretty obvious from his first rides on the trails Storm wasn't going to make that easy. The horse was so concerned about what might be lurking in the woods he minced along in a frustrating cautious pace barely a walk. Even asking the Arabian horse to move out at a trot or a lope didn't get the kind of forward I was looking
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The Rehabilitation of Storm.........Dogs on the Trails......



Part 1When it came to dogs on the trails, I wasn't really worried about Storm. When they are outside with us both Delilah and Sugar are chained right outside the barn where Storm lives. He has never shown any concern going between the two of them to get to the horse trailer or turnout. Even if there is barking or other puppy play, Storm's been pretty much unaffected. Still I didn't know what to expect with strange dogs.It didn't take long working the horse on the trails for Storm's comfort level
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The Rehabilitation of Storm.........Dogs on the Trails......



Part 1When it came to dogs on the trails, I wasn't really worried about Storm. When they are outside with us both Delilah and Sugar are chained right outside the barn where Storm lives. He has never shown any concern going between the two of them to get to the horse trailer or turnout. Even if there is barking or other puppy play, Storm's been pretty much unaffected. Still I didn't know what to expect with strange dogs.It didn't take long working the horse on the trails for Storm's comfort level
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The Rehabilitation of Storm......... Horses on the Trails......



Part 1With perfect timing for when I was beginning to take Storm onto the trails at Frontier Park, Dom did a post on Trail Riding Tips I remember thinking as I read these "Only if it were so simple." Not that they weren't great tips, but nothing has seemed to be simple with Storm since he arrived home. I was sure hoping our issues in the woods could turn out to be the "usual" green trail horse scenarios. Each additional day in the woods, things changed with Storm. He did do some of the "normal things"
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The Rehabilitation of Storm......... Horses on the Trails......



Part 1With perfect timing for when I was beginning to take Storm onto the trails at Frontier Park, Dom did a post on Trail Riding Tips I remember thinking as I read these "Only if it were so simple." Not that they weren't great tips, but nothing has seemed to be simple with Storm since he arrived home. I was sure hoping our issues in the woods could turn out to be the "usual" green trail horse scenarios. Each additional day in the woods, things changed with Storm. He did do some of the "normal things"
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Pooped Puppy........



and I don't mean Sugar or Delilah. The day was glorious here and I took advantage of the weather to get horses worked, seven of them in all. Groundwork and lunging for five of them and then I rode the last two and my b*tt is dragging.Tomorrow's weather is supposed to be equally as glorious with temps possibly reaching the 80s so I'm planning on getting started early to avoid the heat. I have plans to ramp the training up a notch on those first five horses and then, of course, I'll continue on with
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