This spring, when I get ready to do faire (basically once march comes along) I am going to be working with my riding partner, Shooter.
Whenever I enter the pasture, he tends to turn his butt, and pin his ears. This is unacceptable. I plan on carrying a dressage whip with me the next time I enter, as most of the time I come in just to visit with them. I will give him a hard smack on the rump, and move him around the pasture until he faces me.
I also will do ground work with him to enhance our riding, as I think some of our riding problems (he is very forward thinking, and tends to predict what happens next.) Can be fixed that way.
Problem one: he tends to wrap the lunge rope around his neck becauase he knows that by doing so, the lunging stops so the human can unwrap him.
How I plan to solve: I bump his head in when he looks out, preventing him from turning his butt to wrap the rope. I also have a twelve foot rope, so by using that, he will have less room to wrap and I more control.
I also plan on doing lots of "slow" work and demanding he wait for my cues before doing them. I have seen my instructor work on another horse who did this, and whenever the horse kept doing unwanted behavior, it would get smacked in the shoulder with the lead rope. Eventually he stopped.
Are there any other ways I can stop Shooter's thinking ahead?
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