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post #1 of 7 Old 05-20-2012, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hacking out problem

Hi, really need some help. Ive been loaning a horse for the last 8 months however not been able to do much with him recently as I broke my pelvis. He hasn't had much exercise for the past few months with his owner or the other girl that shares him which may be the problem. Hes good at being brushed and tackup etc however when I go out on him we get only down the lane then he stops and turns back, ive been wrestling with him for the past few weeks but he just wont budge. If a give him a flick with my crop he just bucks and dances about, ive tried walking him down the lane but he still does the same. I really don't know what to do with him, I love going to see him and look after him etc but im not getting the enjoyment of riding out with him. He seems to behave himself more with his owner though she did say he use to be like that with her too. I would appreciate any ideas and suggestions from people that has abit more experience than me. Thanks
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-02-2012, 08:25 PM
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Hi, there are lots of ways to deal with this. It sounds like this horse doesn't have too much respect, so you could start by doing some ground work exercises. Teach him to back up and yield his hindquarters and fore quarters (let me know if you need help learning those exercises) in a place where you're comfortable, and then lead him out on trail. If he stops, make him work more by backing him up and making him yield and move his feet until he does what you ask. Make it his idea by making him work a lot when he doesn't move forward and letting him rest when he takes some steps forward. Try to change your mind set so that you communicate to him, "I don't care what you do. You can choose to stop or go, but when you stop, you're just going to work a lot harder. It's your decision." It might take him a couple of minutes to understand but if you're consistent and don't give up, eventually he will. Then, you can transfer that idea under saddle by teaching him to yield his hindquarters under saddle (once again let me know if you need help teaching him that), which is much more work than simple walking forward. Teach him that ahead of time as well. THen, whenever he stops, make him yield over and over again in a lot of tiny circles, and then suggest that he walk forward - I guarantee he'll choose to walk forward. This way, you won't fight with him as much and itll be his idea to keep going.
Let me know if this works! Or if you have any other questions ! :)

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-05-2012, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tip, I went out on him yesterday and although he wanted to be naughty he wasn't. However the sister of the girl I loan him off had ridden him so he did want to go in his field, I got on him and managed to get him to walk round the block. I am taking it easy due to my broken pelvis which is almost better. I think he picks stuff up of me when im feeling unsure and so he takes the mickey out of me. I believe it to be called napping and is common but not being very experience I dont know how to deal with it. Owner want to buy him a new bridle and bit, what would you recommend?
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-05-2012, 03:33 PM
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Personally I find napping as is known more common than you may think and its hardly ever a bad issue. Ive delt with many nappers in my time but as with most issues as long as you show you are confident and 'ride through it' rather than giving in or just getting off over time the horse will realise its not getting any where by napping and not getting their own way. Again this in MY PERSONAL oppinion and everyones is diffrent :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-05-2012, 03:40 PM
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Well, can you ride the horse in an arena for awhile? Somewhere he's more comfortable? I mean, if your only interaction with him is this "stalemate" on the driveway, then it will solidify more and more as the "norm" with him . YOu will want to change the "norm" as soon as possible. but, with your need to be safe, I think if you could ride for a bit in a sand arena you'd feel more confident. After you have regained your confidence, you could go back and deal with in on the lane, in the manner described by the above posters.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-06-2012, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate your imput, im going out on him again tomorrow, and hopfully I can get him round the block again.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-06-2012, 06:48 PM
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I'm glad it's getting better! And I agree that "riding through it" with confidence is really the key. The exercises are just outlines of how you can display that confidence...and riding in an arena is a great idea as well! Do take it easy with your injury though. I got into an accident recently and know how much it can impair your confidence. But the horses pick up on it so much....Hope you will get through it! Oh, and I don't think a change in tack will make much of a difference...What does everyone else think about that?

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