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RE: [RC] Lazy young horse - Ranelle Rubin

I have never seen an Arab that turned out lazy myself. Fellow used to be "Mellow Fellow"..then in one ride, (Washoe Valley 50 in '07) he turned into "Slow the ^%$& down, dammit"! He was almost out of control for the first 25 miles! I switched to a L2-3 Myler with a correctional port and Kimberwick cheekpieces..he was an angel the next two rides, including the start of Tevis!

So there..!

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~ John Wayne

Ranelle Rubin, Business Consultant
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Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 18:49:03 -0800
From: unwound_n_tn@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] Lazy young horse
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thank you all for the response, I feel the same way about going slow but after listening to everyone here at home (friends and family) I was beginning to think I was going to slow with him.

Thanks again!


From: Karen Everhart <rainbowmeadowsranch@xxxxxxxxx>
To: AERC <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; Charlesey Charlton <unwound_n_tn@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 7:17:00 PM
Subject: Lazy young horse

In my humble opinion, the cure for laziness at this point, is to let your youngster grow up.  He is truly a baby, both physically and emotionally. 
Big horses mature even later than smaller horses so he needs a few years to "grow into himself".   It may be just plain "hard" trying to move his long legs and big size, with baby muscles.
In addition, his brain is geared towards eating and resting at this stage of his life (growing), with a sprinkle of fun added, not work. 
Once he is mature, you can work with his nature and help him understand that going faster and more energetically can yield rewards.  A treat can be waiting at the other end of an arena, if he gives you the speed you want, etc.
He may not be the impulsive horse you are wanting.  Trying to "make him" such, will probably make him sour.  Or, he may be impulsive, and just need time to "get there".
You can give him the time he needs to mature or you can risk any host of issues by starting him too soon.
Karen Everhart MEd
Co-founder and Executive Director
Rainbow Meadows Rescue and Retirement, Inc.
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