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How do I get my horse listening?

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        12-05-2012, 07:00 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Everyone else has offered great advice, I'm against the stronger bt, the project horse I am leasing was used for hunter jumping and to stop his rushing they slapped on a kimberwick and called it okay... He now has a major issue with jumping because of it.

    Also, (and I do this all the time) instead of trying to make him listen while you're going lap around lap in the arena, go work in the pasture, so you won't have a definite area to work in. Or, do serpentines, triangles, figure eights, etc. make your ride one huge dressage test so he'll have to listen to know where you're going. I've also found it helpful for some horses to talk to them. It makes them listen to you and that way they'll concentrate on you too.

    Good luck!
         
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        12-13-2012, 03:39 PM
      #12
    Foal
    more time..

    If it has only been a few weeks, maybe the horse just needs more time to adjust to the new riding style. Even some horses that go from one person's riding style to the next in the same dicipline need time to adjust. Really work on the basics so you are on the same page. Just a thought.
         

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