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post #1 of 8 Old 09-27-2011, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Red face HELP,,my gelding is acting like a stallion and starting to regress

hi,,3 months ago i brought a welsh cob,he was meant to be 4 and backed,,turns out hes 5 and has been backed in walk and trot and little else done with him ,,he is still very green(babyish).romany was only castrated november 2010 and have recently found out he has covered several mares producing 3 fouls before he was cut and is now covering any mare he can see,,i had started to re back him and it was proceeding very well,slowly but you could see steady progress,,now he will not let me tack him up,mount him,and once i do get on him he is unresponcive to legs commands or the bit ,,,is there anything i can do to calm him down as really wanted to have him well on the way before the winter sets in ,,,,please help lol x
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-27-2011, 04:30 PM
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The issues under saddle aren't related to him being studdy. Sounds like he has your number and you're afraid of him, so he's got the upper hand. I'd highly recommend bringing in an experienced trainer to work with him.
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Red face thank you

thank you,,i am abit worried by him ,you are right there,i didnt think it showed tho,,i always hold myself well around him and in hand he is brilliant for me,,i have a trainer who comes in weekly to help me but i find him getting worse by the day,he wouldnt even long rein or lunge today
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You say you are confident around him but if this were the case, his progress and training would be getting better, not worse. I'm not trying to sound flippant but he has you figured out and will continue to challenge you until you earn the respect from him to be able to train him.

I always cringe reading that "when I got him he was great but since then, things have changed." For me, this tells me it is the owner, and not the horse. You haven't established a training relationship. I think you need to change it now because it's only going to get worse.
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From the way his behavior is going, it does sound like he has your number, and that you aren't the herd leader any more. Ask your trainer what you can do to re-establish yourself as the boss and go from there. Once you are the boss, you need to be very assertive to make sure you pull up any disrespectful behavior.

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post #6 of 8 Old 09-27-2011, 09:38 PM
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If this is the case, that he has you "buffaloed", don't beat yourself up about it. Everyone has their own level with horses, their own ability to deal with a challenge. If you aren't there, you arent there . . .yet. A trainer can help you work toward being there. It isnt' anything to blame yourself about, but just be realistic that maybe he is over your head.
Hopefully, you can learn what you need to do to get the horse's attention and respect. It usually happens that once the horse has a challenge met and bested by the human, he will not challenge again, so it gets easier.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-01-2011, 09:47 PM
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You need to get his attention. With a look on your face like you plan to kill him take your lunge whip and really whap it on the ground alongside his body. Use a good long lead rope and a knotted halter. Lots of times the horse will run sideways a little then stop. You have his attention.
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I agree with the above posters. You need to make him realize you are in charge! I have a 15hh well built paint stallion, I am only 5'3". My husband thinks it is absolutely hilarious that with a look or tone of my voice I can make that horse freeze and turn into a puppy dog. He has NEVER learned that he is bigger or stronger than me and has never once questioned my authority. Regardless whether it's mare, gelding, or stud they must respect you.
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