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        07-04-2012, 06:46 PM
    All the great advice here

    I wanted to thank people for the great advice I gotten here. Glad that there is a forum like this. I don't post often but I do come here and read a lot of posts that I think fit my situation. I bought a horse that was supposed to be calm and easy going dead broke not barn sour etc. She was perfect when I rode to try her out. That's the only time she has been that way.
    She is very barn sour and buddy sour with my donkey.She has scared me a number of times by bad behavior mostly on the ground.
    Anyway a friend came over this morning with her horse. We were just going to ride around the pasture. Got Sunny all tacked up and she was good. Then when I took her to the pasture she started prancing throwing her head and wouldn't stand still. I was unable to get my left foot in the stirrup due to her behavior.
    I got off her and walked her into the paddock area locked the gate ( my friend came in to) got back on her this time managing to get properly seated. We walk around and around the area then finally got out the gate. I locked my donkey up in the paddock area. Then I thought back to all I have read about if a horse starts acting up to circle them then push them forward. I was having problem with her refusing to leave her buddy. I did circle and back her then push her forward. Did figure eights and eventually got her to walk calmly behind my friend and her horse out into the pasture. Every time she tried to turn back or stopped and refused to go forward it would circle her. Well It worked and we were able to end on a good note. I plan to ride her again on Saturday my next day off this time taking her to my friends place and see how that goes. Maybe someday I will actually get her on a trail.
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        07-04-2012, 06:54 PM
    Just keep being firm with her and never, ever let her get away with anything you don't want her to do, she's a sneaky one that will take advantage of you. Work with this horse lots, every day if you can, lunge, ride, lead, get in her face & make her behave. Once she realizes who's in charge & doing the driving, she will settle down & enjoy the ride! Good Luck!

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