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    • 1 Post By Palomine

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        02-12-2014, 12:24 PM
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    When I ride out on my mare, at some point she tries to turn around and go home, I turn her back and she refuses to move on, after a while she gives up and moves on. She used to nap back in March and she wouldn't even leave my road, so we got her shod and tried that and it worked, she has been fine since, but now she is acting up again. It's no where near as bad as it was last year yet I don't know why she is doing it, any tips on how to get her to stop or why she is doing it?
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        02-13-2014, 08:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Horse is spoiled, best thing is wet saddle blankets.

    Would imagine there are other areas she is testing you, but you are missing it.

    And could be, your saddle is hurting, too far forwards, or your hands and seat aren't steady too.

    Ride her out, and when she balks, just sit there. When she moves out, let her go on with no patting and no praising.

    The only way to effectively deal with this, is to stick it out. Not battling with her.

    That she will go on for you is good, but other than consistent handling of her, and no babying her, you just have to rider her.
        02-14-2014, 11:15 AM
    "wet saddle blankets" means lots of riding (just saying, in case you took that too literally).

    Sounds like you have a barn sour or buddy sour horse. If you search threads here with those terms and "ground work" or "groundwork" you'll find tons of info about getting your horse to recognize you as the boss and move how, when, and where you want her to.

    Good luck!
        02-14-2014, 11:34 AM
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    For the US folk - 'napping' is much the same as barn sour/buddy sour - basically the horse plants itself at some point and refuses to move
    I have always found that using force makes the situation worse and all you get is a horse that bucks/rears/spins and bolts for home.
    If you have the patience to just sit there until they get bored it can work
    I have found that keeping the horse moving by bringing it around in tight circles until it gets fed up with it and agrees to walk on works better
    It can happen when a horse lacks confidence in itself and doesn't have enough trust in the rider to believe they will protect them in the big scary world and that's something that can only be overcome by working with the horse on the ground and in the saddle to get a better relationship
    Pain issues can make a horse reluctant to work - and since the shoes had such an effect on him then maybe you should get him checked out


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