'Barn sour' and 'herd bound' really mean the horse doesn't consider you the herd, safety or comfort. Barn sour is a horse that doesn't want to leave the barn, herd bound is a horse that doesn't want to leave thier buddies. Oh, and I forgot to mention another little fact about horses with this 'problem', you must never tack them up and untack them in the same spot, they magnetize to the spot, so mix it up, our horse with such issues is just as likely to get untacked in the middle of the pasture as anywhere else, when they don't know where to magnetize to they pay a LITTLE closer attention.
As far as the 'chink' method, for one thing you SHOULD have you horse trained that turning isn't just the mouth being pulled to the side, but rather the weight of the whole body being used by the rider to turn the horse. If your horse, however, isn't well versed with leg cues, you still want to turn the head JUST enough to make the horse hafta hold thier head at an uncomfortable angle, not enough to get them to turn. Also, if they should turn, still hold the one rein 'chinked' and lead them back into line with the other rein, still never giving with the one rein until they walk quietly.
Don't start spinning the horse or tryin to make them stand, it really isn't teaching them what you want and it only pisses them off. Try the 'chink' method or the method of home-at-a-walk only. For the walk-home-only part I recommend two things. Number one, when the horse speeds up, DON"T pull him down, just turn him, allowing his own speed to carry him in the opposite direction, to which he will likely slow down automatically, to which (if he was trotting) you ask him to maintain his trot. Then, once you have gone a few yards (make sure you have covered some distance, this should not be within a 60 foot area) SLOWLY turn them back towards home. The INSTANT they speed up (which will likely be in the next step) turn them WITHOUT slowing them around and 'encourage' them to go the same speed in the opposite direction (and let them go aways.) You are letting them go as fast as they like, but not in the direction they want to go in. I have heard this refered to as 'slowing them down with thier own speeding up.' (I do the same thing when I train a horse to lead that is rushing ahead of me, I just let them circle me until they are behind my shoulder and ready to walk beside me quietly, if they speed up they just get to go in circles.) Honestly, this will take possibly HOURS for you to come home 20 yards, it may take many, many times before the horse gets the idea, but DO NOT STOP until he 'gets' it, and you will see when the lightbulb goes on, and be prepared to ALWAYS do this on the way home until it becomes the norm. And, one more thing, I knew this chic that had a riding stable, and never had a barn sour horse. But she had one little 'trick' that helped. I don't care WHO you were, you walked your horse home the last quarter mile, and this way the horses never had the habit of hurrying for home.
I hope these help, perhaps until you practice the 'chink' method on a horse that is a little less hot, the walk-only-home method would be best for you and your horse. Don't give up, and good luck.
Know thyself, know thy horse.
Last edited by DarkChylde; 11-15-2008 at 01:54 AM.