Originally Posted by natalier
-He moves around alot in the cross ties when I am trying to groom him, trys to take his feet back when I am cleaning them and can be hard to bridle
-When I am bringing him in from the pasture or taking him out he always trys to eat the grass when I am leading him and I have been getting better at keeping his head up but sometimes no matter what I do he overpowers me and it takes forever to get to and from the pasture
-If we have to wait outside the outdoor ring for our lesson he will not stand still and trys to keep walking around me and also trys to eat grass
-My biggest problem comes when I am riding him. Every lesson it feels like he is trying to test me to see who is in control. As soon as we begin to go on the rail he trys to move into the center or turn around and I have to correct him with my inside leg to get him back on the rail. If he really decides to put up a fight I have to use my reigns to - which I try not to use to much with him because if I do he will start throwing his head and will stop listening to me even more. This usually goes on for at least half of the lesson and then he will give up if I am on him enough or will get worse and just stop listening completely.
I really like this horse and I feel safe on him but its very frusterating when I am trying to learn but also have to be constantly on him all the time. Any insight would be helpful..thanks for reading!
ok well I know you said your an older rider and get scared easily-well im very sry but if this horse is a lesson horse I highly doubt your instructor would put you on him if you can't handle him.i think your problem is that you are not firm enough.i mean yeah, your not letting him get away with it but you have to be even firmer.
1)grab the cross ties and say NO very firmly..and if not then a litte smack on his rump should do it.and if not ask to groom out on the driveway or something-no grass fields!
2)well you can either use a chain on him(very lightly) OR back him up when he does this.and also I tend to NOT KICK but slip my fot under the horses mouth..or push it I should say.oh and also a tight lead would help
3)and no..walking around you is not acceptable. I would snap the lead and back him up..only back him up if he doesn't stand still after you snap the lead.
4)the only thing I can say is get him over to the rail as quick as possible.and to tell ya the truth-if you control him better on the ground I think he will he much better when riding too.what im saying is just don't let him walk all over you-literally.haha.but as I've said before-i don't t hink your instructor would put you on him if he/she didn't think you were capable of controling him.
You said that you can't concentrate with him walking all over you-but really, the quicker you get him under control so he doesn't think he can overpower you, the quicker you can really start learning.because once he knows you mean business then he should behave and you can "start" your riding.hope this helps :)