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post #1 of 4 Old 09-03-2010, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy exracehorse help?

so I've been riding my exracehorse (i have him on loan) since january & lately he just refuses to do anything I ask.
A few weeks ago we were trotting & cantering in an outline & were in a nice rhythm from start to finish, now she refuses to go round in walk & when you ask for trot on a circle he jumps sideways & bucks
I've had to stop riding him because its making me loose confidence but I wanna know if theres anything I can do to help get him back on track?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-03-2010, 09:29 AM
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Two things come to mind: a) teeth and b) body pain. If a horse (any horse) starts refusing to work as they normally do, I look at WHY. Do the teeth need to be floated? Does the saddle fit? Are there tender areas along the back? Hocks? I bet the horse is in discomfort somewhere, he just can't say "it hurts here" so he has to communicate other ways.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-03-2010, 10:38 AM
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Have you tired lunging him to see how he acts without a rider on his back?

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. - Winston Churchill
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-03-2010, 10:52 AM
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Two things come to mind: a) teeth and b) body pain. If a horse (any horse) starts refusing to work as they normally do, I look at WHY. Do the teeth need to be floated? Does the saddle fit? Are there tender areas along the back? Hocks? I bet the horse is in discomfort somewhere, he just can't say "it hurts here" so he has to communicate other ways.
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This, exactly.

Horses can't speak and tell us, "Hey, I'm hurtin' here! Get off!"
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