Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I would probably try something smaller first, because if something does come up, you don't want a fight with a draft-monster on the side of the road. =]
Start in the arena, maybe lunge him first if he needs to get some spunk out. Then get a dressage whip and walk around the arena with him. If he's really terrible, you can use an appropriately adjusted stud chain FOR TRAINING ONLY. Walk slightly in front of him, and when you want to whoa, give your vocal command and stop abruptly, right in front of his nose. And I mean abruptly. Keep the command short and sharp, stop hard, and slam your foot down. Hopefully, the abrupt halt should startle him a little and encourage a woah. Then ask him to back up immediately, using the handle of your dressage whip in his chest if he doesn't respond to the halter alone.
You can also teach him to side step. Park yourself in the middle of the arena, stand a little in front of him to block the forward direction, and a tad to the side, apply sideways pressure to the halter and use the whip to tap his sides and the second he moves away, that is sideways, not back or forwards, reward him and walk on. Then try again. It took my yearling like two seconds to figure out what I wanted, it may take you longer, but once he learns, he will have more respect. Let me know if something doesn't make sense.
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Last edited by riccil0ve; 10-02-2009 at 05:30 PM.