Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada
did I do right? (long post sorry)
I have had my new horse a week now and we are still getting to know each other. Each day brings something new and not always nice. A couple days ago he was almost impossible to mount, I took everyones advice on this forum and now he stands perfectly still. Today a new issue popped up. I saddled him and we started down the driveway toward the trail. He moved freely, I had forgotten something and came back up the driveway and got it and then we tried again this time he refused to move down the driveway, I nudged him with my heels and he pinned his ears, he refused to move I smacked him with the reins and he kicked. I was afraid he would buck me off so I got off and tried to lead him he would go any direction but down the drive. I spun him in circles and backed him for several minutes and still he refused to move forward. I just stood there for about 5 minutes and eventually he relaxed, licked his lips and started forward willingly. I got back on and we went down the trail. Several points during the ride the trail doubled back on itself, every time I turned his head back the way we came he refused to move, kicking him with my heels or smacking the reins on his rump caused him to kick. I would have to get off and spin him and back him several times. To get him to back or spin I would have to slap the saddle or his rump with the reins. A few times of that and I would mount again and he would go where I asked. Why would he refuse to gp back the way he came? Did I do right by treating him this way?? What should I have done??