Hey ive started getting riding lessons etc. And want too look into a different sort of riding and was wondering how hard it was to learn Barrel riding ?
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Ohk thanks Beau Jasper doesn't drag me by the leadrope he's very laid back and i can pick his feet up easily just sometimes he steps on me and can get ontop of me and im not sure how to stop that... And when he's eating he seems to try blocking me off so he can get his food and he steps on me and the other day he was an inch off kicking me in the ribs but im not entirely sure how too stop him from doing these things... Your help would be much appreciated :) thanks
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In your OP, you said you are taking lessons. This is something your trainer should recognize and help you with.
You have a VERY DANGEROUS situation
on your hands. What if your horse had gotten you in the head, and you had to have an MRI done at the hospital because you were unconscious with serious damage?
Your trainer needs to help you with this.
Under no circumstances should your horse ever be allowed to cut you off, even if their is food involved.
Did you watch the Clinton Anderson video I posted? It's all about being able to move your horse when YOU tell him to and where you tell him to, at any given time.
I'll walk you through a simple "hindquarter disengaging" exercise, but you really should have someone help you hands-on with this. And you can certainly use a nice sturdy stick off a tree if you want; just make sure it is about 3 or 4 feet long.
Hold the lead rope in your left hand, facing your horse but standing off to the side of your horse's left shoulder. Never stand directly in front of your horse; that just puts you into harm's way. Do not hold the lead rope tight under his chin. You never want to give him the impression you are "forcing" him to do any of this. Have a good foot of slack from your hand to the halter, at least. Hold the stick in your right hand, and keep it lowered.
If we can disengage the hindquarters, we can stop the horse's movement. That's the first step to developing a safe horse.
Hold your left hand up to literally protect your face, should your horse decide to move closer to you. Put your body into a "mare glare" crouching stance, and put your energy toward his left hip. Count to 3 seconds. If he does not respond to you, raise the stick in the air to point at his hip. Count to 3. If he does not respond, start tapping lightly with rhythm on his hip. Do that for 3 seconds. If he does not respond, very slowly start tapping harder, with rhythm.
The correct response we are looking for here, is for your horse to move his hip away from you, crossing his left hind leg in front of his right hind leg. That will disengage his movement.
So the very instant that your horse gives you some sort of correct behavior towards that, you must immediately stop pressuring him, turn away from him, and physically take a few steps away from him. That tells him he did the right thing, and you took away the stimulus.
If he simply moves forward, instead of properly disengaging his hindquarters, do not try to prevent him. If a horse is never allowed to make a mistake, they will never learn. So if he moves forward, use that hand holding the lead rope to make him stay out of your space, and continue tapping that hip until you DO get the hip to disengage. Once you get what you want (hip disengage) then remove the pressure. Therefore, it might not be perfect and pretty right away, but eventually he'll learn that's all he has to do to get you to leave him alone.
Of course, repeat this exercise on the opposite side.
You don't have to spend more than 10 to 15 minutes a day doing ground work. Short, frequent sessions are much better than looooong random sessions.
And if he ever gets disrespectful during this, like crowding you, or turning his butt toward you, then GET AFTER HIM. Once hard swift smack with your stick on his rump or his shoulder or his neck or the offending body part with get your point across. Don't be scared to "hurt him" because in a herd of wild horses, do you think the lead stallion is worried about "hurting" another horse when that horse gets out of line? No. They will kick, bite, chase, etc and do what they need to do to discipline the offending horse of the herd.
You are the stallion of your two-person herd. You call the shots, and your horse needs to follow.
during ground work is so very critical. That's why it would be best to have your trainer helping you. If you remove the pressure too soon or too late, your horse does not learn the correct response and you just create bad habits.