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    08-06-2010, 09:50 AM
Newbie here and frustrated. HELP!!

I am leasing a horse for my daughter. He is 18yrs old or so. She takes him in the outdoor riding area and does fine for the first 20 minutes(give or take a few). But then he heads for the gate and is pretty much done. We have also tried riding in the open area but he heads for the barn. I am not sure what to do. Could it be the bit we are using? He is a great horse but stubborn. Any ideas that might help would be great??? Thanks
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    08-06-2010, 09:54 AM
My vote, he's bored. If he behaves for 20 minutes, after that goes for the gate...hes bored. Make sure your daughter is keeping things lively. Do cross poles and turns and transitions and to get off the rail. Do patterns and figure 8s and serpentines. Ask him for different speeds and extensions in his gait. Set up a barrel pattern or a pole pattern. If she is working on one specific thing, keep it to a minimum. Example, if you are trying to get your horse to back up correctly, try for a few minutes. Release as soon as he gets it and then move on. Go do something fun.

Does she have any one to trail ride with? Sometimes just a ride around the farm can loosen them up.

Good luck!
    08-06-2010, 10:33 AM
She does the barrels and we set up cones. The only time she rides the rail is when we first get in, like to warm up. Then she goes into doing barrels or whatever we have set up. She will also change direction. But after a while he is just done.
    08-06-2010, 10:41 AM
What else does she do with him, besides ride patterns?

He's probably extremely bored, because horses, like people, don't like doing the same thing over and over and over again.

At 18 y/o he's been there-done that, so unless your daughter needs the learning time, he sure doesn't.

Is there anyone else she can ride with? This horse sounds like he needs to do something fun, and a trail ride may be just the thing to take the edge off his boredom.

It sounds as if he's a very well trained beastie and she's still learning. That's good for any number of reasons, but it's also bad because when HE'S decided he's done, she's not experienced enough to make him keep working.
    08-06-2010, 10:49 AM
Speedracer that was very well said. And makes alot of sense. She is in the learning stages and he probably knows it. How do we get them to click? What does she need to do? I will definitely hook her up with someone to go on trail rides with. What else besides patterns can she do?
    08-06-2010, 11:00 AM
What else, besides ride him, does she do with him?

Once in awhile, I'll just give my horses a good grooming and some hand grazing time. It breaks up the, 'Oh here she comes, it's time to work again' monotony.

My Arabian gelding HATES ring work. After about 20 minutes he's pretty much done too, and he's only 12 y/o.

She can even walk him around the acreage on a lead line. Kind of a walking trail ride.

Mix things up and keep them interesting for him. He sounds like a kind hearted guy, and all he's telling your daughter is that he doesn't want to just do patterns in a ring.
    08-06-2010, 11:28 AM
We try to visit him every day. But we don't ride everyday. We groom him, take him treats, walk him, hang out with him in "his" pasture, wash him down if it's hot and muggy out. We are just trying to create a bond and he seems to respond very well. He does on occasion come to us when we call him.

So I guess the key is patience?
    08-06-2010, 11:38 AM
Patience and variety.

Why not work on other things for fun? Are there any trail obstacles?
    08-06-2010, 11:47 AM
Is there a more experienced rider who can get onto him every now and again and challenge him to something new.
Try set up an obstacle course for both of them maybe join a pony club where they will do different activites with less experienced members and have fun. Even a weeks pony camp will provide a break from monotony
    08-06-2010, 11:51 AM
Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
Is there a more experienced rider who can get onto him every now and again and challenge him to something new.
Good idea.

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