Horse Story: lusitano mare Xinita (Noo Noo)

by Jayne Forster
(Somerset)

I bought my mare as an uneducated just backed 4yr old, I was unprepared for the challenge that lay ahead. I did my best, she is a very opinionated mare. Things went OK, we did RC clinics and novice dressage but it was never consistent. I know now that we had saddle problems but also leadership/confidence problems. This resulted in back/behavior problems. She reared, bolted when I tried to mount, and didn't want to be caught by me. She went for bone scans suspected kissing spines, then by recommendation of the vets, to a professional trainer. He talked a good talk but I discovered he used draw reins and cut her mouth, he had her 6 weeks and could not ride/train her. I bought her home! Still slightly terrified of my horse I read this: "if you do what you've always done you'll get what you've always got"
I knew my horse was very one-sided and crooked. I discovered straightness training and pursued this course thinking if I could cure her physical problems the rest would follow, it got much better but this was not enough. I did some Parelli and started exploring more I discovered Carolyn Resnick and went on a clinic with Farah de Johnette one of her trainers, she taught me the waterhole rituals and liberty,this has been a breakthough. Through straightness training which has taught me work in hand and biomechanics of the horse and liberty which has formed a deep bond we are getting there. I now have a barefoot trimmer, natural feeds, no calmers. I think I am finding the same approach as you!
I did also think about saddles and have now got a baroque classical riding saddle made by Deuber and partners, my horse loves it. I have ridden bareback, bitless and now use a cavesson with a baroque curb. My mare will let me ride her on a loose rein, self carriage is almost there most of the time. In-hand we have started half steps, travers, shoulder-in, renvers, half-pass,and working piroutte. We do all this ridden as well. Thank you for your newsletters they are inspirational, wish you were in the UK. Hope you made it to the end of our story.
Jayne and noo noo.

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by: Anonymous

I would love to add to our story that many of the explanations and advice from Camille and Gabrielle has been very useful and that at the moment I am riding bitless,is seems sometimes when I take a step backwards and go back to work we were doing some time ago I find working at a lower level for a while,but with more quality than before is very helpful. We have also managed to find the confidence to attend clinics something which is still difficult with her but so much better than when I wrote this.I love this website and fb page thanks girls for all the great tips.

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Dedication Reaps Rewards!
by: Happy Horse Training

Thank you for sharing this lovely story with us.

It's another illustration of how when we commit to a horse, whatever problems may present themselves, not only do we do that horse a great service, but we also give ourselves a marvellous opportunity to learn about things that we might never have considered important before.

Best wishes for happy progress for both you and Noo Noo!

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