Originally Posted by Spirithorse
What I've done with my horses to teach them not to graze unless I say it's okay is everytime they would go to grab some I would ask them to trot off. Trot for a little then go back to the walk. It's simple and works like a charm.
Exactly! You have to instill in them there is a time to nibble grass and a time to work, they don't co-exist. When we are tacking up they are at a hitching rail on the dirt. If I want to let her have some grass we walk across the drive and she is allowed to eat. Walk with purpose when leading. If a horse is kept in a stall or dry lot, you can't expect them to behave if you take them someplace where there is lush green grass in view. Take them out, let them eat some grass, then get to business of riding.
I do the same when we are under saddle. I won't make her walk by some fresh spring grass when she has been on hay all winter. Its not fair
But when I say go she better go.