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post #1 of 11 Old 04-09-2012, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Drunk Horse?

OK here is a strange question... My horse will not walk in a straight line when on a wide path, why??? We have now begun jokingly saying he is drunk. He is fine when walking trails, but if we are on a road or access path he swerves right and left. If I try to correct him he just keeps veering off. He has no particular side that he likes better, just will not walk straight. Any suggestions on why or what to do to fix the problem???
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-09-2012, 08:35 PM
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Ok, I am no help here what-so-ever, but I have to share...

A few years ago the remnents of a hurricane blew through in late September and blew all the over ripe apples off the tree into the alpaca pastures. One particular alpaca ate waaaay too many during the night and was falling down drunk as a skunk the next morning.

I suspected that, but called the vet anyway in case there was indeed an injury or something neurological going on.
It took four full days for it to wear off and he staggered around the whole time. I can look back on it and laugh now, but it was very serious then, on top of having no electricity for 8 days.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-10-2012, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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I would have liked to have seen that! Guess he had too much apple wine!
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-10-2012, 09:03 PM
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One of my geldings does the same thing. While he's trail riding, he can NOT walk a straight line. He's too busy looking here, and looking there. He's rather lazy and kind of A.D.D. so we just deal with it. LoL. He's not spooky or anything, he's a good boy.

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-10-2012, 09:11 PM
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Generally a horse does this because rider is not focused enough, so horse is just meandering. I guarantee you if food bucket was at other end, there would be a straight line walked.

Focus more, and make horse listen to your cues/aids.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-11-2012, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. Jordan is a lazy fat boy too. I will keep working with him. Its not really a problem, just kinda looks funny.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-12-2012, 02:45 AM
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Get drunk yourself, then you won't notice the veering.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-12-2012, 03:35 AM
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Also, OP.. balance comes into play. If you aren't balanced atop your horse, and your shifting weight or accidentally pressing a leg into your horse, they're going to not be straight.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-12-2012, 01:14 PM
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When the horse is doing that put him to work make him think of you. And then start again. If he does it again put him to work, untill he walks straight.
Something to think about where are you feet. Are you putting one foot into him to make him move then you want to go back and put the other foot into him and so on.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-12-2012, 01:17 PM
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Is your horse an Arab?? lol I only say this because mine does that too .... until we're headed BACK to the barn!
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