Cant get my 2yo to walk well or trot on lead rein! - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 3 Old 05-28-2012, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Cant get my 2yo to walk well or trot on lead rein!

I have a 2yo mare who is great in sound in most ways and coming along well.
The problem we're having is, when walking her she walks behind (almost like a dog should!!) her nose at my shoulder, head low, neck long which obviously isnt good for her young developing neck muscles.
I have tried to encourage her to walk faster with her head held higher and to walk with me at her shoulder but she just wont, if i try to slip back slightly to her shoulder lever (whilst encouraging her to keep walking) she stops to look at me as if to say "why are you stopping, whats happening"
i also cannot get her to trot whilst leading her, no amount of encourangement, bum tapping or rope tapping her will do it, the rope tapping freaks her slightly so i dont want to do that until she's more confident with it.
The only way I could get her to trot was with my husband leading her and me behind him encouraging and tapping her bum, but as soon as I stop she goes back to a walk.
Any advice would be much appreciated please.

I have had horses in the past bu never this young, decided as I'm now a stay at home mum I will have time to invest (hmm who was I kidding with a 16 month old!) but I seem to be doing ok, but again any advice on bringing on a 2yo would also be appreciated!

Many thanks in advance x
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-28-2012, 07:38 PM
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With you doing the leading, have your husband behind the mare with a feed sack (empty of course) that he will "rattle" when she lags behind where she should be, which is with throatlatch at your shoulder.

He needs to not rattle bag unless and until the filly lags behind, stopping the INSTANT she steps up to where she is supposed to be.

Walk briskly, and with little talking, as she needs to concentrate on moving out, not listening to you. Don't dawdle, but walk at nice pace. Halt her, and move her forwards several times, until she steps out nicely when you lead off.

Again, he only shakes bag very lightly, and very low, not over his head, or waving around like he is landing fighters on aircraft carriers. And ONLY when she is needing to be reminded to step forwards to be at your shoulder, and he stops the instant she has moved to that point.

Very quiet cues, very quiet movements here.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-29-2012, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for aadvice!! I will give this a go and see how I get on xxx
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