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post #1 of 25 Old 08-12-2012, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation HELP! My horse wont walk strait

my horse is a TBxConnermara so he is quite flighty and cheeky but just recently when I try and trot down one side of the sand school but only one way he swerves extremely quick to the middle and I can't stop him and I nearly fall and the flings his head up so high of each time I have tried he wears a runnings martingale but it doesnt seem to help much at all with his head, if I just lead rein him along that way he is fine, I have cheacked that side and there isnt anything strange or scary for him, but now it is getting worse and he is doing it at walk please please help x
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post #2 of 25 Old 08-12-2012, 08:37 AM
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Are you working with an instructor? If not, it sounds like you need one.

If he knows he can get away with being naughty, he's going to do it. If you don't have the skill set necessary to make him behave, using all the gear in the world won't make up for gaps in your training.
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post #3 of 25 Old 08-12-2012, 11:22 AM
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You NEED a trainer/instructor.

That said, in the meantime, I would pull his head into TIGHT circles. Make his nose touch your foot tight. And take the circle in the way of the wall. What I mean is, if you are going down the left rail, and he pulls out to the right, use your left rein and make him spin to the left. When he *stops,* walk him back to the wall. If it gets really bad, I'd get a crop and smack his shoulder right before you circle.

He's not spooking, and he's not hurt. He just knows he can get away with being bad, which is a heck of a lot easier than being good.

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post #4 of 25 Old 08-12-2012, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah anyway I have done my own thing now just to say it is not mean or cruel on anyway everytime he tries to turn cos I no where he does it I halt him and cos he is a energetic horse he gets bored after a while anfdonce he behaves we start to trot and canter and stuff and if he does it I get him to stop and I would have a whip but he is a rescue sort of thing and he is petrified of whips but I am slowly slowly getting him used to them if a stand a few metres away and can hold up a whip :)
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post #5 of 25 Old 08-12-2012, 05:18 PM
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It sounds to me like you need an instructor / trainer ESPECIALLY if he is a rescue and has issues with equipment / trust. It is very easy for an amateur rider to create bad / dangerous habits, especially with dealing with horses like yours.
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post #6 of 25 Old 08-12-2012, 10:07 PM
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If he is being fussy at the same spot in the arena, there's two different ways you can approach it:

1. You can work him only in the area where he's being fussy until he settles down
2. You can work him really hard in the rest of the arena and allow him to get a break only in the spot where he's fussy

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post #7 of 25 Old 08-12-2012, 11:50 PM
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I think it is important to establish the horse's threshold, here. My first wreck was on a mare who went bezerk when I one day employed my usual "calm down and reassess" methods. The stimulus this time was just NOT something she could cope with. I no longer ride such loose canons, but I'm still figuring out my current boy's limits. Fortunately, I've rarely encountered things that truly blow his lil' brain.
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post #8 of 25 Old 08-13-2012, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I just worked on that one spot for ages at walk trot and canter untill he ggot it right for each pace the when he got it right I walked him to go up the road to his fave place and gallop up the hill
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Have you had your saddle checked and his body checked (massage therapist or similar)? Sounds like it could be pain related .. also an instructor is worth their weight in gold :)
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post #10 of 25 Old 08-14-2012, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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He does have a small back problem so he can't walk dead strait but this is OTT and just the other day I took him down to cheack his back and he had a swim as well and nothing wrong or with him saddle and he is getting much better now at it my last two rides he has only done it once each time
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