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    10-22-2012, 10:01 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Faceman    
You missed a golden training opportunity. Obviously something about that spot was bothering her. While you are building trust with a new or young horse, and they encounter something they are afraid of, dismount and walk her through or past whatever it is that is bothering her until she stops showing signs of nervousness. In her mind you will be a hero for leading her through/past harm, which will build her trust in you. It is no different than desensitizing a horse to wind or anything else they may encounter on the trail...
I've heard from a few people that you should never do this since the horse essentially won. With that being said, I am not the most confident rider at times so I feel that its pointless for me to fight with my horse when I'm scared because either way he's going to win so I end up doing this tactic.
     
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    10-22-2012, 10:15 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by Puddintat    
I've heard from a few people that you should never do this since the horse essentially won. With that being said, I am not the most confident rider at times so I feel that its pointless for me to fight with my horse when I'm scared because either way he's going to win so I end up doing this tactic.
I have heard something similar, yeah. Kind of like " Oh, well. I acted scared here, so I got them off my back. Now I know a neat trick to get them off my back. "

Not 100% sure if it's true, but doesn't seem like it would be out of a horse's thinking capacity.
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    10-23-2012, 08:51 AM
  #13
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You have to understand what your horses concept of 'winning' is
If you can't battle it out with him from the saddle and he throws you off or manages to turn and bolt back to where he wants to be then he'll chalk that up as a 'win'
If you dismount of your own free will and lead him past the offending place or object and then remount and continue then you've won
You also have to recognise his reasoning in refusing to pass something - if its genuine fear then getting off and walking with him is an ideal way to show him you are a leader he can trust - you are willing to put yourself between him and the horse eating monster and prove that its safe - you will protect him in & show the way the way like a herd leader would
If the horse is using something as an excuse to not go that's another thing - we have our monster in the corner of the menage on the days they don't feel like working in there. If I had a horse I couldn't feel confident I could ride out of that situation I will do anything to keep its feet moving to distract its mind from that focus but if that doesn't work I'll still prefer to get off and lead past - one way or another they have gone past it and so not won. You don't have to be on a horses back to work it.
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    10-23-2012, 09:36 AM
  #14
Weanling
My 15 year old mare I have had for a few moths now pulled this last trail ride. I was riding with two others and we had stopped for a break and when we decided to move on I went to take the lead and she flat refused to move. She is of a lazy nature and has had a few incidents of trying to turn back to the trailer and we have had a couple "arguments" but nothing like this. She was NOT having it wouldnt take a single step forward to save her life. I will say thank goodness for my patient and understanding riding friends who understood I HAD to go first now and HAD to make this happen. That was one loooong come to Jesus meeting and lord was I exhausted but she in fact did walk out and I kept her riding out front the remainder of the ride. Kicking and a good couple wallops on the rear did NOTHING and I could feel she was considering a buck so I just worked circles till we were both exhausted and she decided forward had to be better than these circles cause they were not easy la-de-da circles I put the pressure to her and firmly requested that nose to my knee. She held out for quite some time but we got it done and for me that was the best way to work thru it since it seemed clear it was not a fear issue as before asking her to move out she had been standing relaxed and content. ;) and no way was she going to win this one and follow another horse or be allowed to go back. I wont deny it was exhausting and frustrating (and probably terribly boring for my riding companions lol) but worth it in the long run.
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    10-23-2012, 10:40 AM
  #15
Foal
Last night we went for a nice little groundwork stroll through the trail (I was on the ground with a lead, and a longe whip). Anytime she stopped and refused to move, stopped to pick cattails, or whatever, she got longed then and there.

Ideally a few days of this may make her more responsive to me. She walked very nicely on the way back. I am also hoping she will take it as "I guess I have to listen outside of the pen, too. " We did about 2.5 hours of work last night. Probably going to just work her lightly today and see if any of it has sunken in! Here's hoping!!!
     
    10-23-2012, 10:45 AM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by mvinotime    
My 15 year old mare I have had for a few moths now pulled this last trail ride. I was riding with two others and we had stopped for a break and when we decided to move on I went to take the lead and she flat refused to move. She is of a lazy nature and has had a few incidents of trying to turn back to the trailer and we have had a couple "arguments" but nothing like this. She was NOT having it wouldnt take a single step forward to save her life. I will say thank goodness for my patient and understanding riding friends who understood I HAD to go first now and HAD to make this happen. That was one loooong come to Jesus meeting and lord was I exhausted but she in fact did walk out and I kept her riding out front the remainder of the ride. Kicking and a good couple wallops on the rear did NOTHING and I could feel she was considering a buck so I just worked circles till we were both exhausted and she decided forward had to be better than these circles cause they were not easy la-de-da circles I put the pressure to her and firmly requested that nose to my knee. She held out for quite some time but we got it done and for me that was the best way to work thru it since it seemed clear it was not a fear issue as before asking her to move out she had been standing relaxed and content. ;) and no way was she going to win this one and follow another horse or be allowed to go back. I wont deny it was exhausting and frustrating (and probably terribly boring for my riding companions lol) but worth it in the long run.
I am so pleased that my mare never indicated she was going to buck. She just kept turning her head slowly and looking up at me with her ":C Why are you doing that?" face.

This is the face in question.
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