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post #1 of 6 Old 03-14-2014, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Draft Cross Advice :)

Hello all! I just bought a Belgian/standardbred gelding.. He was an Amish driving horse and I want to train him to ride... he doesn't know cues and is currently in the mindset that its go go go as soon as I mount. :)

any advice on helping him slow down?

thanks so much in advance!
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-14-2014, 11:15 AM
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My horse, also an Amish horse was 200 yds down the road before I sat down in the cart.

You are going to have to start almost at the beginning depending on how bad it is.

What I would do is:

Put your foot in the Stirrup. Start to mount, Don't swing your leg over, then get back down. Do this until he doesn't move.

Next, do above, but swing your leg over and sit in the saddle, Then get off. Do this until he is not moving at all during this process. If he even feels like he wants to move off. Don't advance to the next step. Continue waiting longer and longer until you get off.

Next step. Ask horse to walk a step or two, wait some. Then get off. You might enlist someone to hold the horse at the beginning of this step.

Next start walking and waiting. walking and waiting.

With my horse it took about a month. Talk about a pain, harness and hitch up just to stand for ten minutes or walk for ten feet just to unharness but it works. Every time, I still will wait at least a minuet after I get in the cart before I ask him to walk on.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-14-2014, 01:19 PM
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I agree with going back to the beginning, but you need to go all the way back to the round pen and teach this horse the meaning of "whoa". That being stop and stay there until told otherwise. Anything less is a run away and is only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt. If you need help with this there seems to be a lot of good advise on the training threads.
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-21-2014, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys i am going to start him with lunging on tuesday :) teach him whoa and forward... :)
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welcome to the forum start at the beginning is a good place to start

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-24-2014, 12:15 AM
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I had a horse that wouldnt stand still to get on. I made him do five circles, I would go to get on him and then he would move so I would get off and make him do five circles around me and try again. Soon enough he caught on and realized it was more work for him to not stand still.
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