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post #11 of 15 Old 08-28-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Curious why he hates work & what you do to try to address that? Is it boredom? Tedious or stressful exercises...?
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Laziness. He is slightly over weight and we are trying to get him to lose weight. He was 1350 and is supposed to be 1250, so per vets orders, we took away his grain and make sure he works at least 3 days a week, if not more.

He usually acts up by trying to avoid the bit and pulling me toward the barn, or refusing to go forward. I do the 3 step process, ask, tell, make. After I correct him enough he stops acting like a jerk, but he is an Appaloosa and they are known for their hardheadedness.
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Appaloosas are no more or less horses than any other... Except in looks but you do tend to get what you expect from an animal

I'd just keep in mind that behaviour labeled as 'laziness' or 'stubbornness' very often has a physical cause, particularly when bad feet are a known entity.
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Appaloosas are no more or less horses than any other... Except in looks but you do tend to get what you expect from an animal

I'd just keep in mind that behaviour labeled as 'laziness' or 'stubbornness' very often has a physical cause, particularly when bad feet are a known entity.
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He has been vet checked and farrier checked. Besides the teeny tiny stone bruise (farrier said it was the size of a pebble) he is as healthy as well...a horse.
He is just stubborn and lazy. He would rather snooze in the pasture all day then work. BUT when made to work, he can be awesome, like today he was magnificent. It just depends on the day and his mood really.
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He has been vet checked and farrier checked. Besides the teeny tiny stone bruise (farrier said it was the size of a pebble) he is as healthy as well...a horse.
He is just stubborn and lazy. He would rather snooze in the pasture all day then work. BUT when made to work, he can be awesome, like today he was magnificent. It just depends on the day and his mood really.
I wouldnt be so quick to say he's lazy I know of an appaloosa who was labeled lazy, stuborn. Turns out she needed work done on teeth. Her hoofs were a mess after all that was fixed she's a diffrent horse now.

Do you know for a fact his feet are in good shape? Is your farrier as good as you think? Do you reconise under run heels or any other hoof issue ? Because if you don't you need to do some studying of hoofs. Good place to start is barefoothorse.com.

Iv owned appaloosas and not one I owned was lazy or stuborn they are very smart and willing.
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I wouldnt be so quick to say he's lazy I know of an appaloosa who was labeled lazy, stuborn. Turns out she needed work done on teeth. Her hoofs were a mess after all that was fixed she's a diffrent horse now.

Do you know for a fact his feet are in good shape? Is your farrier as good as you think? Do you reconise under run heels or any other hoof issue ? Because if you don't you need to do some studying of hoofs. Good place to start is barefoothorse.com.

Iv owned appaloosas and not one I owned was lazy or stuborn they are very smart and willing.
Our farrier is great. I have been around horses for 11 years so I can recognize different hoof issues. His feet look great, and he had a tooth floated earlier this year.

He can be extremely lazy, but will work hard for you as well, you just have to make him. But he is most contented when napping in the pasture. He IS extremely smart, but that doesn't change that he is stubborn. He tries to be the boss, so you just have to knock him down a peg. Again, I love this horse to pieces, but he is real challenge some days, just ironically not today. Today he was an absolute dream, but then again I hadn't worked him since Tuesday so he had some pent up energy I suppose.
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