Horse won't run, HELP PLEASE

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    01-12-2010, 07:45 PM
Horse won't run, HELP PLEASE

Ok, I bought a 9 year old TWH about three monthes ago, my first horse, he used to be a hunting horse and is very bomb-proof. The owner was a friend of my father in laws and she took him on trail rides and never had any problems with him, she sold his pasture mate and him after losing her job. Problem I am having is, when I first got him he was very stubborn and would stop very frequently in the pasture and refuse to go, got him over that, and he walks somewhat faster when outside the pasture, but he will NOT go past a walk. I tried popping the reins on his withers and rear, as well as bumping his sides, my wife who has about 18 years experience tried and now my father in law is trying and he still wont run. I don't know what to do?
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    01-12-2010, 07:48 PM
Have you gotten a vet out to rule out any possible injuries?
    01-12-2010, 07:52 PM
No, he runs frequently when playing in the pasture and walks without issue, so I don't think that is his problem. He is alone in the pasture, getting a horse for my wife friday, don't know if that can be an issue. Also he is VERY hard headed, I don't know if that is factor also, just never knew a horse who didn't want to run.
    01-12-2010, 08:11 PM
Does he move on a running walk? Have you asked the previous owners if they had any trouble with this? As he was a hunting horse, he may have been discouraged from ever cantering or galloping full bore . . .

. . . And, a lot of people think walkers should just stick to walk and running walk unless they are show horses (I know, strange, but aren't all we humans strange in some way? LOL) A vet check is a good idea, too--have you looked carefully at his feet/hooves? Is he shod? Do you have a good farrier? Have you felt up and down his legs for swelling/heat?

Sorry about all the questions, just trying to suss it out!!
    01-12-2010, 08:14 PM
Green Broke
Teach him some cues in a round pen or lunge line if you do not have a pen. Cluck for trot or gait and kiss for canter. Help him speed up with a lunge whip and he should learn quickly. Now I don't mean beat him but snapping the whip behind him and if he doesn't respond then snap his behind.
    01-12-2010, 08:16 PM
Green Broke
You also may be pulling back on the reins while you are popping him and sending mixed signals. Ask the previous owner how he was trained. Mine isn't cued by kicking him or popping him.
    01-12-2010, 08:20 PM
Trying to get the contact info for the old owner, she is not a close friend of my in-laws, he has no heat or swelling in his legs that we have noticed but he is very touchy when it comes to touching his legs, he was shod but they came off in the mudd very soon after we got him. Farrier is coming out Feb. 1, will see what he says, but my father-in-law said in his 30+ years having horses he has never shod his, and we noticed no change in his walk after losing the shoes. It seems, as weird as it sounds, that he is traind not to run. But,the old owner said on his last trail ride him and another TWH got about 1/4 mile ahead of the other horses, but I will talk to my vet and see what he says.
    01-12-2010, 08:28 PM
I also held the reins loose when popping and bumping his sides. Did both after trying a LONG list of voice commands my father-in-law and wife knew. I want to hackamore train him and use as gentle of encouragement on him as possible, I don't believe in spurs, so I wonder if I shouldn't worry about it til I get him trained, but running a horse IS half the fun, and I want him healthy, definetly will have a vet check him just to make sure my checks didn't miss anything
    01-12-2010, 08:33 PM
Just saw the post on the lunge line, I bought one today, my wifes horse is used to it for warming up, they never used one. I am reading Natural Horsemanship, and he talks about lunging to challenge a horse's MIND and BODY, so I was going to buy one anyways, but I will try the whip cracking to encourage him with the sound, really don't want to pop HIM with it if I can avoid it
    01-12-2010, 08:43 PM
Green Broke
Maybe he is afraid/unsure of you? Maybe it is the saddle? There are so many things that it could be other than disrespect.

Call a professional before you resort to hitting... that should be an absolute last resort and could exacerbate any possible fear/trust issues he is having.

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