Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
I ride a horse who does this. He just wants to go back to the barn. Initially, he'd try to whirl around and bolt for the barn. When he did that, I'd immediately pull him into tight fast circles, pulling him out of the circle when he was going in the correct direction and just keep going. We did this about 4 times within 200 yards on one ride. After the 4th time, he didn't want to do any more circles, so he tried plan B: put it in a solid reverse gear and back up all the way towards the barn. At this point I'd had enough. I gave him a good squeeze with my legs, which was completely ignored. Then I gave him a good, solid, resounding whack on the behind with my crop. He immediately stopped, and shifted into first gear and walked on as if nothing had happened. He tries it again on occasion, but it only takes one smack to remind him. Recently, he only needs to see the crop out of the corner of his eye or a small tap on the rump.