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post #1 of 4 Old 04-23-2012, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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buddy sour and moving to a new barn...

My daughter and I are moving our 12 year old geldings to a new barn next week. My boy is not a confident horse, will go out on trail rides with anyone you put him with, but would only go alone to a certain point past our current barn and then refuse to go further. Since I preferred not to go out alone it was not a big deal to me. But the new barn has lots of short trails on the grounds, I would like to be able to ride those alone. Was thinking since this is a new place, it would be the perfect time to get him going out alone... wont have his old comfort zone... any ideas on how to introduce him to his new trails alone?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-23-2012, 08:31 PM
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Hi there,
Sorry this isn't an answer to your question, but I'm moving next week too and am hoping to take advantage of the new environment to teach my gal to hack alone as well - I thought we could discuss! :)
I know that my horse is going to get a certain distance away from her pals and STOP dead, so my plan is to take her a short distance and then turn her around before she has the chance to stop herself. That way the decision to come back is mine, and hopefully each ride will end positively and not with a fight.
Let me know how it goes for you!!
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If you, the second poster here, turn back before she decides to stop? It will only set her new stop point closer to barn. You need to ride horse until it balks, and then the best course is to sit it out.

To both of you.

Don't take horse back to barn, don't handwalk horse, and don't fight with horse. Just sit. And no talking, or anything. Also is good idea to make sure you have gone to bathroom, and don't drink anything before leaving out.

Do not battle this. If you do, you are giving horse something to get mind set on, and that is having its way. Merely sitting there, and facing direction you want to go is the key. If horse tries to spin, turn, or what have you? Just turn until you are facing YOUR direction, and then go back to sitting.

As long as horse is not fighting you? You will be more than happy to sit awhile. Key here is that once horse decides it is better to move your way, you merely continue your ride, no praising, petting or babying, and no talking.

At intervals, cue horse to go forward. If it does, then ride. If it doesnt'? Sit. And remember NO praising, patting, or talking to horse at all. Horse is merely doing what it is supposed to be doing, which is going forwards at your direction. It has not cured cancer. So keep your mouth shut, and act very matter of fact.

You can also, if you can mount from trail yourself, carry small bit of grain, and feed horse away from barn too, but this must be further than eyesight of barn, and not the first time horse balks too. That only reinforces a boundary of where horse won't go.

And if horse is timid, you need to step up and be more of a leader here, as horse will feed off of you.

And work on strengthening your leadership skills with horse, being more dominant in terms of your mindset, and actions.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-25-2012, 06:24 AM
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Hand walk him down trails a good handful of times before you attempt them alone :)

I did this and had great success going out by myself.

Also don't do the entire trail at once. Do a little each day, and push for more. Until you end up doing the whole thing. He'll come around

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