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post #21 of 26 Old 11-09-2013, 12:13 PM
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My horses used to have the same problem. You need to give them something to do to take their minds off their friends. I personally wouldn't do the whole treat thing, just because it is a bribe - and bribes don't work on horses and you really aren't accomplishing anything by bribing them.
Lead ro ride him away from the barn and if there is grass somewhere, let him eat for a few minutes. Then start groundwork him for a few minutes and if he tries to be with his friends, back him. Swing your leadrope hard and back him up. But I don't suggest that if you have hardware on your leadrope, because it isn't helping in the teaching of the horse - it may actually cause him to be afraid, and you do not want that.
Once you get on na dhe is still being a butt, use an extr rope or the extra off of your reins and use it like a romel. First use a warning far away from his withithers - touch both your shoulders with the romel and make sound so he can hear it. If he hasn't gone, get closer to his withers, and slap your waist or thighs. If he still hasn't gone, he doesn't have any chances left - and now is when you slap his withers. First, start off with a soft slap, any speed. If he still isn't going, continue the same speed, but increase the pressure of the slapping.
This works very well with my horse and I do recommend it. My horse, as soon as he hears that first warning he is done messing around and he l is listening like there is no tomorrow.

If he wants to back up, try facing him towards his friends and back up. Or if he really insists on backing up away from his trail buddies, back him up quite a bit then stop.

If he doesn't stop backing up or if he doesn't listen to the romel technique or goes forward in the wrong direction, do the emergency stop, but don't get off. Reach up and pull his nose to your knee and hold it there until he stops movin, then hold it for a few seconds longer and then release. Then to the same to the other side and if you need to, do this twice on both sides. This just gets control of his motions and stops moving his feet. He may keep moving in a little circle with his nose o your knee, but just hold it there until he stops moving, and the first few times when you do this, then as soon as he stops moving release. But when you go to flex the other side, hold it to your knee until HE gives his head. You shouldn't hold it there and then give it back without him doing anything. You want him to give his head to you. This helps give you control, show who's boss, and simmer him down.

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post #22 of 26 Old 11-09-2013, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by CheyRider View Post
I'm sure you can be a great leader for your horse in the arena...
FTM, some of us don't even have arenas Or indeed, enough level ground to use as one.
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post #23 of 26 Old 11-11-2013, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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i just thought i would clarify i few things in the post that i think got mistaken. First i am a dude not a chick.. i dont have the amount of experience like most of you do on here so relax. I am leasing this horse. I was told by the people im leasing from when they got the horse the previous owner rode her to our local western fair and back with out a problem. I thought i could go on a trial ride no problem. I wasent alone when this happened i was with an experienced rider who has been riding for 15yrs. She even said that when he got the way he did he would of done it to wasent my fault. She even got on him and tried and couldn't control him. I have been doing ground work with him as well, and he does listen to me and knows im the leader im 100% sure of that.. And i what i ment about the treats was is it okay to reward him when he does something good. Im not stupid and naive about this whole thing. I have been going on walks with him off the property and letting him graze a little. The first day only went a little ways and i mean about 20 strides till he was getting anxioty. so we slowly walked back to the barn. The next day we got further and on our way back to the barn he wasent even in a hurry didnt try to walk infront of me or anything. The next time we went even further! untill he got spooked by a truck shifting into gear, i then showed him i wasent scareed and talked to him and he was still scared but knew i was next to him and we walked back.... i hope this clears things up...any other advice would be good.

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post #24 of 26 Old 11-11-2013, 01:24 PM
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Oh, I just wanted to ask how things are going for you, kfreker... and sorry about making a girl out of you, haha! It sounds like you are making progress with him, awsome!
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thanks chey, its a good feeling when you put alot of time and patients into something and it starts to pay off.

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post #26 of 26 Old 11-14-2013, 11:05 AM
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You have an advantage over me, lol. Your a guy, naturally easier for a horse to respect, IMO. I'm a petite girl that got stuck training a super hot, crazy off the rocker horse. Something that works when they start to use the panicky, reacting side of their brain is to hop off and get the feet moving. Forwards, backwards, left and right. Thank you, Clinton Anderson! It really does work, especially the backing. Also works to get them to stand still while mounting.

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