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post #1 of 33 Old 11-02-2008, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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any ideas?? hacking trouble

I was wondering if anyone had an idea about the following...
Whenever I take my horse on a hack, even just up or down the road, he is fine while we trot, but as soon as we walk or within a few stops, he stops, turns around, goes sideways, backwards, etc. he's not being dangerous. Typically, at first I just keep my leg on, then kick him then tap him with a crop, sometimes he will continue in forward, but not without a bit of a fight. Every once in a while I have to get off and we continue down the road a little, then I get back on, we walk a little bit, then it starts all over again. He only does it when we are going away from the barn...

Sorry its so long, thank you!!
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post #2 of 33 Old 11-02-2008, 01:37 PM
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All I can say is never, ever get off your horse. That's just what I have been taught.
Sit and wait to walk on allll day, as long as you are patient and stubborn about walking on he will grow out of it
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post #3 of 33 Old 11-02-2008, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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thank you
The reason I would get off was to get him to move, because otherwise we would have sat there or went sideways/backwards all day, but i'll just sit tight next time!
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sit tight and practice practice practice... if he wants to go sideways, let him - but make him go sideways away from the barn... just remember to go forward!!!

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post #5 of 33 Old 11-02-2008, 04:07 PM
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Hi,

Is this on a road? Like a road with cars?

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yes this is a road, but a very little back road. Where I have seen about one car...in like 5 months
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Oh man barn sour! Gypsy was barn sour, I just kept at it, doing circles, if she got stuck in her front end I would point her nose and ask for the walk. And if we were only doing circles make sure you stop him away from the barn. That way he knows he's going away even if you are circling back to the barn.

He might also think that since your "walking" its time to go back to the barn the hack is over. If I were you I would only walk to a certain place like a field or something then do all your trot canter work in there and walk back to the barn. That way he knows that he's going to a place to work not just troddle down the road.

It all takes time, gypsy got over it! :)

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post #8 of 33 Old 11-02-2008, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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thank you very much!
The only thing I don't know if he will do is WALK away from the barn, but I certainly will try
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thank you very much!
The only thing I don't know if he will do is WALK away from the barn, but I certainly will try
There is no "try" there is only "do" (to kind of parphrase Yoda).

Each time you fail at getting him to go forward or get off to walk him, it makes it harder the next time until finally it becomes a war and you really don't want to deal with that.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #10 of 33 Old 11-02-2008, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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ok. I WILL stay on him and WILL not get off him to make him move or go the correct direction
(sorry if I sound rude, that is in no way whatsoever my intend)
And thank you for the suggestions
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