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You've found the Mary-Dixon page about horsemanship.  Horses are my passion and my obsession.  They have helped me become a kinder, more confident, more patient person.  What they have taught me about them and taught me about myself is immeasureable.  I now try to teach folks about the nature of horses and how to understand each other which leads to a more confident human and a more confident little darling.
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS


#82 Fixing Problems


If you are having problems with your little darling, ie -  he moves or wants to run off  when you are saddling him, then DO NOT spend any more time on that particular troubled area.  What you are seeing and not liking is most likely  not the problem, it is a very strong indicator of a weakness in his foundation.

Instead go back to the basics of groundwork.  There is a hole in his training that needs to be remedied - and what each problem is generally telling you is that there are  missing steps in his foundation.

And, I am sure, some folks think I am overly cautious but there is no way I would get on a horse that won't stand quietly when being saddled.  For him, that is one of his "hot" spots and he is telling you he does not want you up there.  So, listen up and fix it.  Go back to the groundwork.

Adventure Horse Riding in NYS            Smilla13@gmail.com  (Mary Dixon)         www.RideNYS.com