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    02-08-2012, 11:34 AM

I just started riding a new horse. He's green and young but has basically been a good boy everytime I ride him. The last time I rode him I did nothing different. But at a trot he decided he wanted to stop and pin his ears and swish his tail and not move forward no matter how much I asked. He's never done this. I'm so confused, I'm using all the same equipment. I got off checked his girth and then began touching his sides with the stirrups and he would get slightly annoyed with that. So I'm not sure if he's just being a bratty baby and testing to see what he can get away with or something is aggravating him. Any suggestions?
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    02-08-2012, 11:37 AM
Is he in any pain from back/saddle?

I had this issue with my mare in December after she had 10 days off with an abcess.

Made sure she had no pain (she did a minor rear.. or three) and then lunged her, lunged her and lunged her. MADE her move forwards. I then got on attached to a lunge and my trainer lunged us.

Worked, then took us off, and it stopped. Was a HUGE respect issue. I was too scared to touch her with a crop as a previous time I had accidently brushed her with it and she went beserk.

I had to in the end, and I had no issues.

Check for pain
If there is none, more ground work is required as it would appear to me that its a lack of respect.

Have you got access to a trainer?

Good luck!
    02-08-2012, 04:50 PM
I too was thinking it's all a respect issue. I'll talk to my trainer this weekend when she comes out. The tack seems fine I think he's just being a brat. It's just annoying because he's been fine but I think now he's starting to get my number and wants to see what he can get away with and being I don't know him that well yet I'm not sure what I can do to him I.e. Crop, spurs, etc. I'll definitely work on ground with him and see what happens. Thanks for the advice :)
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    02-11-2012, 04:30 PM
Better today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well we made a big improvement today so I'm very happy! I started out being lunged and he was going to attempt to be a brat but he was much better being lunged while I rode him. Took him off the line and he was much more responsive. He tried to pull a little crap but I immediately took control of the situation and he was finally respecting me. Gotta love greenies off the track haha! The only thing we encountered today was when I asked him to canter he decided he wanted to buck going into it. I guess now I gotta get his respect at this. Other than that he was a good boy.
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