Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mariposa, CA USA
• Horses: 0
Sounds like my qh, Sunny. He had been an 'only horse', but when I rescued him, I had him at my sister's place while I was getting my place fenced (Yep, buy the horse, THEN fence the pasture! You should see how I bought my house! LOL) He got attached to the mares ("What? You mean they make GIRL horses?") and had a best friend in the other gelding. When we took him out, he would stick really close to the alpha mare on the trail, crowding out all the other riders.
I brought him home, and rode trail solo, which was fine, but certain areas would cause the same reaction...dead stop, refusal to go forward, etc. He wouldn't bolt, but he would plain refuse to go any farther. At first, I would urge him a few times, but think maybe he senses something I can't see, and turn back. Of course, he would take that as permission to always refuse! I had to really urge him, and be firm, until one day a month ago, he did his usual refusal, and really dug in. I gave him a hard leg (whoomp!) and he actually threw me off, and took off! Later, I found out that a bear had taken up residence in the area, so Sunny had a good reason to balk, but he sure did get in trouble when I caught up with him! LOL
Anyway, long story long, with persistance, he learned (sort of) to be a good only trail horse, as long as we listen to each other!