Ebony goes so far out on a hack by herself then she just gives in???? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 9 Old 06-03-2010, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Ebony goes so far out on a hack by herself then she just gives in????

Need some tips on Ebony again. She's such an amazing horse and so forward going but sometimes when she's in season she puts a proper stubborn head on.
When I first rode her out by herself, she wasn't in season and we was out for 4 hours, we travelled over 6 miles.
I've took her out by herself plenty more times than that but it's when she's in season. She'll leave the yard and you'll have to use your legs so much they're dead after she's moved forward about 6 steps. Then she'll go stubborn, she'll rear buck and everything to try and go back to the yard. I want to start taking her out by herself too because I don't have any fun people who like to do what I do out on hacks.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-03-2010, 07:12 PM
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Try holding a crop while riding. You may nit even need to use it, just let her see it. If you do need to use it, give her a gentle warning "tap" from it, not really a hit. Also, try moving your heels back, the further back you go, the more aggressive it is to the horse.

Hope I helped a bit, as I have ridden a TON of stubborn ponies in my life. :)
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-03-2010, 07:43 PM
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Sounds like she's either a.) barn sour or b.) bored on the hacks or c.) both. In any case she needs to learn that YOU are in charge here, and it would do you good to learn that even better yourself!

Make her associate hacking with fun and relaxation, and near-the-barn with work. Start hand-grazing or taking leisurely walks, or feeding treats to him, a little ways towards where you hack, and then taking him back to the barn and call it a day.

I have a horse who, a month ago, would never let me catch him. Once took me 45 minutes to halter! Recently I started taking him out of the dirt pasture and teaching him shoulder-in, haunch turns, side-passing, trotting poles, etc from the ground and using a bite of grass or an apple slice as a treat. Man, he loves it! Now whenever I come to the barn and he hears his his halter jiggling, he shoves his head into it! Loves being taken out now!

You could also try ponying another non-barn sour horse when you go. Maybe she just needs a confidence boost
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-03-2010, 07:46 PM
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Yeah, confidence was another thing I forgot to add. She may be a bit nervous on trails and such... Just give lots of pats and treats, and maybe got off and walk her through those tricky spots.
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-04-2010, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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I bring a crop around with me and she's still stubborn. She's just very very nappy and barn sour. She rides out perfect around our little hometown but it's as soon as we go into the countryside she refuses. It's confusing. She knows I'm boss but she refuses to go forward.
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-04-2010, 09:09 PM
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Have you tried the "drunken stagger walk"? Forget legs, just use one rein and then the other to weave her back and forth. I'm not sure why it works to get a horse unstuck, but they seem to just forget you're trying to get them to move forward and just follow their nose instead. Just make sure to only use one rein at a time. It works great for me when my horse tries to plant roots.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-05-2010, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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I shall try that after she's had she's seen the farrier her shoes are a bit flat at the moment to take her out we've covered about 50 miles on this set lol. Thanks
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-05-2010, 11:18 PM
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Puck...i love the drunken sailor walk! Sometimes it takes a few minutes but they usually just give up and walk on. Not that you want her to rush through your ride but maybe pick up the pace in places that she wants to quit on you. Sometimes this helps push through the rough spots.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-21-2010, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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i was thinking on picking up the pace with her on the bits she doesn't want to go forward on. it works so far. but then hopefully if we trot through it, she'll get better at walking out. i'll get there in the end x thanks
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