Originally Posted by freia
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.
Thank goodness my two horses don't do any 'quick' gymnastics...nothing that goes beyond a trot anyway. These two are perfect for me...slow. However, I can still find myself in a sticky situation.....for me anyway.....and I want to be sure and handle it correctly, since they are well behaved horses and I don't want to screw them up.
I've also had to add the obstacle of ponying the pinto. She is only 14hh, but the percheron still will shy away from her. I am trying to teach the percheron that SHE is in charge, not the little pinto (even though she thinks she is). I've been practicing turning my percheron towards the pinto whether she is in the way and not moving or not...trying to teach the percheron that SHE can move the pinto. My thinking is that it will give my percheron more confidence as well. It's so funny to see this huge horse shy from the little horse. But, it seems, when I insist to the percheron that she can push the pinto away....she listens to me and is impressed in herself when she does it!
So, tomorrow it will be on to more baby steps for us!