Hey! I have a seven year old paint gelding, and he is the love of my life! But just recently he walks back and forth in the cross ties, and will not stop moving!!! I don't think he's sore, and he usually enjoys being groomed...spring fever???? Any ideas?
I think that may be he is starting to get impatient and he wants to do something different and he is tired of standing in the crossties everytime you see him, try doing something different for awhile. Like grooming him in a stall or outside. It might work.
I had the problem were my gelding will dance ALL around the post I have him tied to. Theres just no grooming him. I start with a firm 'Loki!' and if he doesn't quit dancing around and fidgeting, I give him a firm 'LOKI!' and a smack on the shoulder with a riding crop. I very, very, rarely use my palm. Yes, he will try doing it again, but with a firm, consistent 'No!' command to the impatience, he should soon quit.
Don't really lay it on him, and don't hit him anywhere near the face, of course. I find that a 'reminder' on the shoulder or hindquarter works wonders. I spent a good two-three hours untangling demon knots from his mane with barely scoot or a 'I'm bored!' cue.
He actually ground tied out in the pasture the other day, something he's never been taught to do. If he started to move, I would give him that firm 'Loki' warning tone (no smack with a crop) and he stopped, relaxed, and slept while being groomed.
Loki actually used to untie myself, pull his head down, move from side to side, back and forth, circles. It was a nightmares doing ANY grooming. He didn't respond to vocal commands and I just irritated and frustrated. After that, when he moved, he got a wack. Moved again? Same thing. Now? No more moving around 8D
I havent changed brushes, and he could be getting impatient, but he does it whenever I first start, and then towards the end he stops...if he was impatient wouldnt it be the other way around? Keep the ideas coming by the way please!!!
He is most likely just getting an itch to go. My horse used to paw really bad at the cross ties, so I would let her run awhile first. Also just like everyone else has stated, try grooming in different locations, maybe tied to a fence or let him graze as you groom.