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        03-31-2014, 07:01 AM
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    Foal
    Exclamation wont budge for bareback? please help!

    Ok, so my new horse Blossom is fairly uneducated but very quite and sweet. She learns quickly but whenever you get on her bareback, she doesn't bolt, buck or anything at all! She won't even move! She is usually a bit of a push button pony but without a saddle her whole face spells utter confusion and she won't move. Though this is a little cute, it is frustrating so please help me
         
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        03-31-2014, 07:17 AM
      #2
    Yearling
    Perhaps she feels like the rider is unbalanced and is worried about balancing. Maybe try sacking her out while she bareback so she gets a feel for weight on her back without the saddle. The other thing to do when your on her is bend her head around and yield her hind quarters, start with just a little bend and increase the bend until she moves; she will have to move her feet at some point if you just keep pulling her nose around. Don't scare her though by pulling her off balance, make the release quick as soon as she goes to move. Practice on the ground first bending her head and yielding her hind quarters so she understands what you want when you ask from her back. Look for one step at a time and reward the smallest effort. When she gets good at YHQ give her more rein and make your circle a bit bigger. I don't imagine it will take long for her to figure out she can walk forward once her feet start moving.
         
        03-31-2014, 08:28 AM
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    Showing
    So, what's your hurry? Take something to read and a few treats and when she starts moving, even a step, pop a treat in her mouth. Don't hammer at her sides to get her to move. It feels very different to her and it's better to let her figure it out than force her in to moving. Or set out a pan with a little grain/pellets and it will encourage her to walk to it. Or have a friend hold a pan to encourage movement.
         

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