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  • Horse refuses to ride out of pasture
  • Why is my horse won t move forward at the same spot in the pasture

 
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    04-13-2008, 12:47 PM
  #1
Yearling
Refusing to Ride.

I have been so proud of my horse Ace lately, he is been a dream
To ride, but yesterday he showed his butt. I invited some friends
Over to see how well I have progressed in riding.

It seemed like any other day, I put his bridle on, saddled him up,
And then rode him at a walk about 25 or 30 ft. And turned him
Around and rode him back to the gate at a run. After reaching
The gate, I chatted with my friends a little bit and decided I would
Ride again and he absolutely refused to go. I tried and tried.
Then I got off and let my friend who has been riding all her life
Give it a try and he still refused and walked side ways and backed
Up. Afterwards, I walked him a few feet out into the pasture and
Mounted him and rode him back to the gate, and he refused to
Turn around and ride again. I didn't want to push him to the limit.
Maybe he was having a bad day? Or did the mares out there in the
Pasture irritate him? He has had no problem with them
Before, except for feeding time, he gets aggresive around them.

Is anyone familiar with this? Any Suggestions?
     
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    04-13-2008, 04:44 PM
  #2
Showing
This is assuming pain has nothing to do with it:

No matter what he does, do NOT get off of him unless he moves forward a few steps. I know it can be frusterating, but do NOT end on that note - you're rewarding him for not moving by letting him stop working. Get someone on the ground to chase him if need be - yes he might spook or jump forward, but just sit with it and praise him for moving forward.
If you can't get any help on the ground, kick him hard, slap him on the rump, even get a whip if need be - just make him move. Don't have any pressure on his face, let him go wherever he wants, as long as it is forwards, don't steer, just make him walk.
Then once you get the forward motion, make him walk a few circles without stopping at all (and don't stop until he does so without hesitation) - and make sure YOU are the one who asks him to stop, it can't be his idea.
Does it suck? You bet it does. Does it hurt the legs? Yup. Is it frusterating? You betcha. Is it worth all the work? A million times over.
     
    04-13-2008, 10:49 PM
  #3
Foal
Stopping at the gate is bad habit. You are teaching him that the gate means the ride is over. I was taught to never even dismount at the gate. If you are standing there when friends come by, that is another time he learns to rest at the gate. You'll need to try to remember not to do that.
     
    04-14-2008, 12:17 AM
  #4
Showing
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Originally Posted by ColleenT
stopping at the gate is bad habit. You are teaching him that the gate means the ride is over. I was taught to never even dismount at the gate. If you are standing there when friends come by, that is another time he learns to rest at the gate. You'll need to try to remember not to do that.
Oops! I forgot this basic one as well!! Good point, Colleen!
     
    04-14-2008, 09:02 AM
  #5
Yearling
Thanks guys, your advice really does make sense.
Especially the part about the fate, I don't know
Why I didn't figure that out before. O.o

Anyways, he acted a little bit better yesterday,
He actually rode a little. We've been riding him
Almost everyday, hope were not over riding him.
     
    04-14-2008, 10:45 AM
  #6
Weanling
My one boy does this, drives me nuts! He will decide that he has had enough and just stops. Its a good thing Im stubborn and wont give up! I carry a crop with me when I ride, for this reason. He's getting better, but still puts up a good fight once in a while, usually its after I've let him have a break and then ask him to work again.
     
    04-14-2008, 11:30 AM
  #7
Showing
Glad he's doing better with it, keep working with him.
     
    04-20-2008, 07:35 PM
  #8
Showing
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
This is assuming pain has nothing to do with it:

No matter what he does, do NOT get off of him unless he moves forward a few steps. I know it can be frusterating, but do NOT end on that note - you're rewarding him for not moving by letting him stop working. Get someone on the ground to chase him if need be - yes he might spook or jump forward, but just sit with it and praise him for moving forward.
If you can't get any help on the ground, kick him hard, slap him on the rump, even get a whip if need be - just make him move. Don't have any pressure on his face, let him go wherever he wants, as long as it is forwards, don't steer, just make him walk.
Then once you get the forward motion, make him walk a few circles without stopping at all (and don't stop until he does so without hesitation) - and make sure YOU are the one who asks him to stop, it can't be his idea.
Does it suck? You bet it does. Does it hurt the legs? Yup. Is it frusterating? You betcha. Is it worth all the work? A million times over.
Agreed.
     
    04-21-2008, 11:13 AM
  #9
Weanling
This happened to me the other day. I was kicking and slapping my horse with the reins and she still wouldn't budge. Had to get someone pony her.
     
    05-02-2008, 12:14 AM
  #10
Foal
I'm no pro, but we have had similar problems with "barn sourness" (You probably know what being barn sour is, but I'll tell it anyways: It's when the horses stand at the barn and won't leave the gate. Very frustrating.) In a clinic that we were in, this is how the trainer explained how to help the horse to get over it:

The reason why the horse stands at the gate is because he has learned that the gate, (or barn) is his place of rest. For example, you had him standing still and resting while you were chatting with your friends over the gate right? Well, if he goes back out to the pasture, you're going to have him work again, so maybe he'll just try standing there at the gate and not have to work. Sounds like a good deal for him right? In order to try to change that mindset, if he won't leave the gate, work him there with trotting, changing directions, trotting again, don't let him stop there at the gate, but keep him moving until he gets a little bit tired of doing that work, then go out and let him stand and relax in the pasture; make that his spot of rest instead of the gate. It takes consistency, often multiple times of working on it, and PATIENCE, but it will help.
Make sure you don't always stop in the same spot in the pasture, and keep in mind that you don't always have to stop, walking is much easier than trotting, so just slowing from the trotting at the gate to the walking in the pasture is a reward. Remember also that you're not there to nag your horse, you want to help him learn, and keep a positive attitude. Reward the good, and don't expect him to change if you won't work with him consistently and patiently.

That's just my suggestion. :)
     

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