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        02-01-2010, 05:22 PM
    I think i'm going to sell him..

    I can't take Jack's tricks anymore! The pasture and the barn is connected, and we don't have an arena, so when im riding he tries to run down to the barn. Example : I was cantering him in a straight line REALLY far away from the barn, and he started cantering sideways trying to go down there. I'm tired of him doing this to me, he does it everytime I ride him. So I have to pull him back to where we were riding. He does this about 4-7 times during ONE ride. I'm sick of him doing this. He has been like this for 3-4 years.
    So, I think it's best I sell him and get a horse that isn't so barn sour.

    Sorry I just had to let it all out.
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        02-01-2010, 07:35 PM
    Green Broke
    What methods have you tried to work this out of him?
        02-01-2010, 07:54 PM
    Green Broke
    Do everything positive away from the barn. Get off of him away from the barn. Feed him away from the barn.
        02-01-2010, 07:57 PM
    Did it ever occur to you that this problem may very well occur in your next horse too?
        02-01-2010, 08:16 PM
    Yes it did occur to me, but Jack is very very stubborn and lazy, so I was hoping to get less of a barn sour horse too.

    As for methods : I just turn him around and go the other way, and he starts to back up and walk backwards for a few seconds. Its quite irritating.
        02-01-2010, 09:23 PM
    Green Broke
    Don't give up on him, try to fix the problem. Make him work harder if he turns toward the barn or he is near it. When you get away from the barn take it easy on him. That way he learns when he nears the barn it means more work. He'll want to go away from the barn to take a break.
        02-01-2010, 09:44 PM
    You don't understand. Most horses will become barn sour if you ride them a certain way and reinforce (whether consciously or unconsciously) certain behaviors. Horses are never born barn sour, but it's not an impossible habit to break. Especially if you concentrate on what you can do to make your horse less barn sour, instead of just saying: "Stupid barn sour horse! Be less barn sour!" Getting another horse won't fix the problem - which is most likely you. You should listen to ShutUpJoe.

    Plus, if he was THAT lazy, he wouldn't fight you that much.
        02-05-2010, 07:40 AM
    Any time he does this, ride him to closer to the barn and work the dickens out of him when you are near the barn. When you think he's had enough of that, walk him away. Every time he acts up to return to the barn, repeat that.

    Funny story, my granddaughter wanted to canter on Peanut(pony). She would walk him out to the far end of the arena, turn and try to canter him back(usually he trotted tho). Before long he didn't want to come back to the barn.
        02-05-2010, 02:48 PM
    Green Broke
    Welcome to the world of horses. There is no such thing as a horse that wouldn't rather be at the barn then be ridden. The barn means rest, relaxation and FOOD. The only difference in this horse and most others is training. It is YOUR job to train your horse to respect you in the saddle, and to learn that certain times of the day he must obey you and only then will he get his food and relaxation.

    This habit will continue in every horse you own if you don't learn how to break it yourself. He's learned he can get away with it and nothing will happen, so he continues doing it.

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