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post #1 of 8 Old 06-03-2012, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Barn Sore mare

Hello all my question is that my new mare does not like to leave the barn when I saddle her up to ride and fights me to go back the whole time we are riding. Any help will be great to solve this problem to have a pleasant ride.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-04-2012, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Ok then maybe someone could tell me where I could go to get my question answered.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-04-2012, 10:56 AM
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Is this a new horse for you? Did you recently change her living arrangements?
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-04-2012, 12:31 PM
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Well I guess I'll give the obvious answer. Make it more work for her to go to the barn than it is to go where you want. If she won't leave the barn area trot figure 8's till she gets tired of it and then walk out, when she resists or turns back trot some more figure 8's or some other mind numbing pointless exercise till you are ready to puke then do it some more. never ever let turning around be her idea and never let her return to the barn at a faster pace than she left it and if she insisits on going fast? you guessed it more figure 8's ( you can actually insert other things that actually apply to hewr traing like side passing or backing up or any number of things that horses enjoy less than walking forward)
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-04-2012, 03:18 PM
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When you get her back to the barn what happens? You take the saddle off, rub her down and feed her right? What is that training her to do? go back to the barn!!

Not sure your skill level but the best thing to do is ride her out.. and when you get about 3 miles from the barn, get off, loosen the girth, relax, let her graze, maybe even give her some treats.. then lead her home. Yup. And when you get her home, put her in a stall with the saddle on and NO food and NO buddies. Come back out an hour later and take her out, take the saddle off and rub her down and then feed her and so forth.

The object is to make going away from the barn a reward and returning to the barn not so much fun.

You can vary this with the figure 8's above.. but do those when you get BACK to the barn.. and be sure not to reward her when she does go back. Get the unsaddling, feeding and turn out separated from the return to the barn.
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I had this happen with my old mare. Very barn sour when I bought her where she wouldnt even come close to humans.

She did the same thing when I left the barn. It takes time for her to get use to it. Keep it up and she will know the more you go out that when she acts up your not going to freak out about it and take her home. She will eventually stop. Always keep her at a walk on the way home even if your fighting with her the whole time! it might take a couple weeks or so.

And I agree with Elana! That is a great idea to do as well!

I would first work your horse in circles on the ground then get on and head out for a couple hours. I was always gone for 2 to 3 hours each time. And she got very good at the end. wasnt even scared of cars or crossing highways etc.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-04-2012, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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I have had her for 1 yr have just started riding her. She has not been ridden in 5 yrs.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-04-2012, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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She is a OTT and has not been ridden very much at all since coming off the track..I have ridden her for the last 30 days for about an hour each day..She is very calm and does not look for buggers and has done everything that I have ask her to do except this. Thanks for the ideas they are very good ones and I will try them. I need to ride her longer than an hour and will start doing that. I am wanting to make a trail horse out of her and think she will make a good one if I can get her out of this bad habit...Thanks again..My riding experence is about 4 years but my training experence is zero...Most of my riding experence has been on other people horses while on hunting trips..
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