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  • Using a dressage whip for a horse that won't walk when leading

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    08-27-2009, 09:46 AM
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I need help, Dylan is an appsolute sweet heart at everything, exept for leading. Whenever I take the reins over his head and move him, he walks.. stops neaahs, and tries to turn back, I understand he doesn't want to go out riding, and I do get him out eventually, but then the hard thing is getting him back in, I don't understand, first he doesn't want to leave, then he doeasn't want to go back in, he's just not that great to lead, and the other bad thing is he is very strong, and tries to nudge me lol.

I give him a good telling of and he goes in, and then I feel bad and give him a hug

But I can't be bothered anymore with it, he needs to learn, and so do I, I just need to know how to get started...

Can YOU help?
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    08-27-2009, 03:06 PM
Take whip , don't pull him with the reins, when he doesn't move, give signal. I have never had that kind of problems, so I can't help much. But try .
    09-04-2009, 04:06 AM
You've got yourself a barn sour horse! Grab a dressage whip and put it in your right hand as your leading your horse from and then back to the barn. If he stops, flick your wrist and let the whip tap him. Carry treats in your pocket, whenever he is good give him a few as you walk out. It will also keep his mind off the barn. If he stops look forward and not at him and give him a tap and walk forward. Good luck!
    10-09-2009, 01:15 AM
I agree with apc. I would take a long whip like a dressage whip and carry it with you when you take him out. I although would hold it in my left hand so he chew on it or jump away from you while you lead with your right. If he stops and won't move forward tap him on his behind without making a big movement and then ignore him and keep walking, if he follows reward him wether it be with a treat or just a good pat on his neck telling him he is good. Good luck...I have had young ones that were like that. Be patient, but firm.
    10-09-2009, 06:31 PM
Lol...my youngster is actually going through a phase right now where he does this. Used to lead perfectly and now he just digs his feet in and looks at me like "hey, I dun wanna go in the barn" or "hey, I dun wanna move, there is some choice grass here I'd rather eat" or "hey, I dun wanna go, this horse is trying to say 'hi' to me over the fence"

And yes, the aforementioned method is what I use, I just pick up a dressage whip to carry with me when I lead him. He is good on voice commands, so I just say "walk on" and step off assertively. If he doesn't move, back up, say "walk on", step off and give him a tap with the whip on his side. One tap is usually enough. I don't like always carrying treats, but if I am walking him out to the pasture, I'll take them. If he knows I have treats, he won't give me this behavior, but he's also in my pocket the whole time

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