2yr old leading issue

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    06-26-2012, 05:39 PM
2yr old leading issue

I have a 2 yr old clydesdale quarterhorse cross that has either been neglected or abused. I have only had him for about a month and I am not sure of his past. He has come a long way in the month we have had him. We can now catch him, pick up his front feet, bathe him, lunge him and saddle him. He still has trust issues but those will be worked out in time. My main question is about leading him. He leads fine but he walks about 3 steps behind and to the side. I would prefer him to walk beside me that way I can watch him, because he sometime spooks at things. If you make him walk right beside you he walks extremely slow. Is there anything I can do to teach him to walk beside me or does this stem from his lack of trust and will be worked out in time?
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    06-27-2012, 02:36 AM
I think you should work on his ground work. Bring him into a round pen, or an area with just you and him. Work on walking, stopping, backing up, and turning. Have him stand still, stand so his head is at your shoulder, and take a few steps forward. If he doesn't walk with you, pull slightly on the lead rope and tell him to walk. After you take a few steps, stop, turn to him, and praise him. Continue doing that until you don't need to say anything or pull on his lead. He should also stop when you stop. Do that facing him also so he acts the same way when you're at a different angle. For backing up, tell him to back up and push him back a little. Get him to back up by only pushing his lead back slightly without saying anything. Do similar activities for turning and standing. It takes time but you'll see a big difference after a while. He will be more responsive and will move from the area that you're teaching him too.
    06-27-2012, 02:58 AM
Definately continue with groundwork and building respect. Keep him learning about moving off of pressure and be sure to release. When he is walking beside you and lags behind, add pressure to the leadline and swat behind you with the lead rope like mamma horse would do with her tail. So you are on the left of the horse holding lead rope about 18 inches from the snap while holding rest of lead rope slack in left hand.....used to swing behind you. Cluck too if need be. Once he scoots up....release all pressures.

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