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post #1 of 3 Old 04-11-2012, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Horse anticipating/not focused

Lately my horse has been anticipating things more. I'll be walking around my arena and when I turn to head back towards the barn he'll want to speed up. I'll stop him and back him up, then make him stand a few seconds when he does this. He also sometimes tries to drift toward the gate or another horse in the arena, especially if the other horse is standing somewhere in the arena. He will also especially try to speed up after we've trotted or cantered, like he gets worked up. He'll be walking fine, then I can feel him fall onto his forehand and he'll start slow trotting or jigging. He'll try this for a while, then he'll just walk. Today I was riding him and we had our mare and foal out in a pen to eat grass, quite a distance away from the arena, but whenever we would approach the side of the arena where we would be heading that way he would speed up, wanting to go see them. I made him walk around the arena a few times until he was only walking, and he finally did it. After a while it gets pretty annoying, having to keep stopping and making him back. I want him to just walk when I tell him to walk and nothing else, and I want him more focused on me. Is there anything I can do to help this?
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-14-2012, 02:21 AM
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Consistency :/ A lot of horses pull this type of thing just because, especially lesson horses. Maybe he will act better if you keep up with him about it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-14-2012, 02:28 AM
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Nothing helps more than focus.

Re-focus that mind on activities like circles and transitions and halts and patterns. If you give them a minute of quiet then their mind is free to roam and they'll more likely to spook or get unruly or simple misbehave.

So when you walk back to the barn, don't head there in a straight line. Do figure eights.. leg yields, shoulder out of a circle, transition from walk to trot and back to halt. Back up, move toward, weave invisible cones.

Once he's ready to listen, then you let him walk in a straight line.

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