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[RC] horse behavior at 1st 50 - rides2far

This horse never used to be that way, and I'm wondering why 
she is  changing.  I've also ridden in group rides where 
leaving the > pack was never a problem so why now? Is there something
about a 50 
that makes > them insecure?

I truly believe they learn the game, the understand the concept of a
*race* and they want to win. When a horse wants to leave a big herd at
the vet check that's eating, because he sees a horse heading back out on
the trail and you can tell he's ticked that they're getting a head start,
it's not a matter of herd bound. I've fought this attitude for 10 years.
At the last 3 rides I intentionally missed the start to try to start
slower. The first two times I fooled him. The third time he figured it
out and was *furious* and pitched a holy fit.  It's not an "I've got to
be in front" thing. It's an "I want to go down the trail looking for
another horse to pass" thing.  Good luck. 

Angie

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