I need some help with a mare of mine! She is 11yrs old and exteremely sweet! The guy we bought her from bought her from a guy who hauls horses to Canada to slaughter. :( She has been very mishandled. She has come so far from what she was. But She has NO whoa!! I do not know how to come about fixing this problem with her. I've delt with this problem with 2 of my other horse. But the way I fix it just Does not work with her!! What I do is say whoa! When they finally come to a hault I make them take as many steps back as thay took forward after I said whoa and as they back I say Whoa in a stern voice. This usually works! It worked for me, my mom, and my friend! But she won't take to it! WHAT DO I DO!! Please let me know If you have any ideas!! Thanks!!
I'll give you the same response I give everyone. Start back to the basics. Excellent way to start up on a better foot and take her through all the proper training now. Will eliminate all the gaps that she might have such as the issue you have now and you can correct other issues along the way.
I teach my babies to whoa by ground driving them. It's very safe and it's a lot easier for them to learn in that setting. You can verify she has a steering wheel as well. Lots can be done with ground driving.
I love starting a horse from the start. You can build such an incredible bond when you you're able to clear things up as you go.
Twister had a very iffy whoa when we got him. He just needed a refresher. What we did with him was to walk him in hand and we would randomly stop and say whoa. We wouldn't look at him or anything just stop short and "whoa" he eventually got the idea that whoa meant stop. He has been fine in the saddle ever since.
Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
First I want to say bless you for taking a horse bound for slaughter.
My girl didn't know whoa either when I got her. We did lots of one rein stops from the saddle and lots of ground work. I finally had to walk her into a corner over and over saying whoa she finally got it, I'm sure your girl will too.
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