The Magnet affect.....?

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    04-10-2012, 01:57 PM
The Magnet affect.....?

I swear my horse trailer must be a magnet or something because whenever I am at a show my horse will drift in the direction of the trailer no matter where it is, it is so annoying! I use my leg to move him in the right direction and get him on track but even that doesn't always work! Any suggestions?
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    04-10-2012, 02:16 PM
He is barn/buddy sour, knows that when they load up in a trailer at an event he is going home. See if you can do this at an event, maybe just go to one to practice this..
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    04-10-2012, 09:29 PM
Yup, he is "trailer sour".

Is this the same horse you are wanting to use a tie down on?

You need to MAKE him do what you ask him and make his listen to your leg. No argument. He should not be ignoring you. Same as how when he is "spazzing" a show, he should still be listening to you 100%. No argument.

You don't need to beat the snot out of him to get your point across, but you do need to be consistent, persistent, and firm. If he ignores your leg and makes his way to the trailer, make your leg cue stronger, and do NOT stop cueing him until he moves away from your leg pressure, as you are asking. I don't care if you have to cue him for 5 minutes before he listens. Just do not give up and do not stop asking him without a correct response. If you do, he's won and he's learned how to press your buttons.

Another help can be to work him right by the trailer (if space and footing allows). Trot and gallop circles next to the trailer which makes it a place of work. Then go back over toward the arena and allow him to rest, relax, and stand.

Either way, whatever problem you are having with him (him not listening to you), you've got to be the alpha leader in your little herd of two, and do NOT stop cueing him to do what you want until he does it. You need to "win" every single time. Or else he will learn to walk all over you, as he is doing now.
    04-13-2012, 02:35 PM
Originally Posted by Moei    
I swear my horse trailer must be a magnet or something because whenever I am at a show my horse will drift in the direction of the trailer no matter where it is, it is so annoying! I use my leg to move him in the right direction and get him on track but even that doesn't always work! Any suggestions?
I am also assuming this is the horse you have another thread on about how they get "spazzy" at a show?

The advice I gave you on the other thread applies to this as well. No matter what, he needs to correctly respond to what you ask of him at all times. And that is YOUR responsibility as the rider to accomplish that by being consistent. Horses learn best from consistency. If you allow him to get away with behavior one time, he learns that he never has to listen to you at any time. That's why it is critical to ALWAYS have him respond correctly to what you are cueing him to do.
    04-15-2012, 12:05 AM
He does listen to me about 97% of the time, and I am pretty sure there is not a horse out there that listens 100% of the time he isn't barn or buddy sour it is only with the trailer and even sometimes he doesn't like to be at the trailer when I take him back to it!
    04-15-2012, 09:30 PM
Green Broke
Moei, after reading all of your threads it seems like you start them and expect to hear that we think the "magnet affect" is funny, it's not. It is indeed him being trailer sour or buddy sour if there is another horse tied at your trailer...You can't expect to post something like this or the other thread about spazzing out, or the one about the girl feeding her horse supplements and think we're all going to tell you how right you are...Whenever we add our input you always have an excuse, or some other reason on why or why not your horse does this..None of us even claimed that our horses behaved 100% of the time.. You stated you had a problem with your horse and we gave you advice to fix it, because he IS trailer sour. He doesn't see it as funny or as a magnet affect..I understand that you probably post a majority of your threads with a problem or question then when you don't hear what you want you get mad at all of us...We're not ganging up on you or trying to be mean to you..We're just telling the truth, you have to accept that you may get responses you don't like, but you just have to deal with it..You'll never be able to help your horse by making excuses for you both..

And we're not saying things to be rude or pick on you..Just because a majority of us have the same opinion doesn't mean that we're targeting you or ganging up onyou..We are really just trying to help you and help you see and do things correctly.
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    04-15-2012, 10:22 PM
I understamd you are only trying to help and I guess I do get frustrated sometimes when no one sees things the way I do, and I honstely sometimes don't really explain things the way they are actually when I post a thread but I don't mean to. I guess I just don't like it when people seem like they are implying my horse has issues that I know he doesnt because I have fixed them already or they never existed. Plus since no trainers I have worked with have said any of these things are wrong and they have seen him in person. I am sorry.
    04-15-2012, 10:33 PM
Green Broke
The only thing wrong with that is you did post the threads asking how to fix problems..Why post them if you've already fixed the problem or the problem didn't exist? That's my main point.. It's either he has a problem or he doesn't? It can't be both..There's no need to appologize, it's just that you're asking for help, and then when we give our advice you change the story.. We don't know how to correctly help you unless we know all of the facts about the situation, we can only go by what you tell us, but it can't be Cisco has this problem, then it's fixed, or it didnt exist in the first place..
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    04-16-2012, 09:21 PM
I mean when I post about something and you guys give suggestions as to what is wrong what you are suggesting is wrong is not always right like with this thread, I am almost 100% sure he isn't buddy or barn sour so I want to know what else might be causing him to do those things. See what I mean?
    04-16-2012, 09:28 PM
No I have no clue what you mean.

Honey horses only misbehave for three reasons:

1) Lack of respect (Barn sour, buddy sour, trailer sour, the drifting itself)
2) Lack of training
3) Pain

So, which is it?

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