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post #11 of 19 Old 12-12-2008, 10:57 PM
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post #12 of 19 Old 12-13-2008, 05:46 AM
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One thing that might help is when you are walking him, have a friend follow behind with another lead rope (not within kicking range). When he goes to plant his feet, have the friend give him a pop on the butt with the rope and when he moves forward, walk him a few steps then stop and praise him. Keep doing this and soon, he should not even think about stopping until you say whoa. This doesn't always work, but I have had lots of success with it in the past. It also keeps him from associating you with the uncomfortable feeling on his butt.

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post #13 of 19 Old 12-13-2008, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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hey that's a great idea! Thanks a bunch :)
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post #14 of 19 Old 12-17-2008, 04:02 AM
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I can't help but think this horse is 'ignoring' you. His attention should be on *you* AT ALL TIMES! Any time he 'zones out' 'bump' his head with the lead rope. That's all. Just give the lead a shake. That should do it....

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yes....he ignores me sometimes :). I try and jiggle the lead or pull on it and he backs up more lol. Once the weather gets a bit better, I'll practice it. Thanks guys!
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post #16 of 19 Old 12-21-2008, 12:57 PM
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I agree that a whip can be used like the extension of your arm. Lead with your right hand and if the horse stops, reach around with your left hand and give an encouraging tap.

Also, some horses will plant their feet and don't want to go forward. In that case, turn in a circle one way or another or even walk in figure 8's. If they won't go forward, I make them go in a circle or even back up. If your horse starts backing up, just make him keep backing up until he gets tired of it.

The most important thing is not to lose your patience. I think horses like to see you lose your cool. Just keep on making circles with the determination that you'll circle for hours if you have to.

Pretty soon a horse will figure out it is easier to go forward with you than do all those crazy circles.
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post #17 of 19 Old 12-25-2008, 06:38 PM
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he needs a paradigm shift

looks like you have lots great tips from lots of great horse folks like yourself. problem is your still having the same problem and / or creating new ones.
try this, it's what i call a paradigm shift.(a paradigm shift is how you think) lead him into the arena and try stopping just before you think he is going to stop his feet. now turn him 180 degrees around and lead him back out of the arena, to a place he is more comfortable, (say in the aisle, next to the stall etc. it's time now to put him to work (change his thinking). take hold of his kead rope right up next to the halter and have him to begin moving his body around yours, 3 circles in each direction and slowly release the lead and allow the rope to slide through your fingers so he gets farther abd farther away from you. if he isn't going like you want him to, just move your hand back toward his halter. he should do this without any resistance and get better and better at it with each time you change directions. when you are longing him on a 8 foot lead you can stop. gather him up and head back to the arena. this time he will gladly go further, but don't let him trick you into not having to do some work. turn him again and repeat this about 3 or 4 times. by then his paradigm i=has shifted from, I'm more comfortable in the aisle to I'm more comfortable in the arena and you never had to pick a fight with him, hit him or take a chance he would hit you or someone helping you.
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post #18 of 19 Old 12-25-2008, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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hey thanks for the new idea, ill keep that in mind. and welcome to the horseforum!
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post #19 of 19 Old 12-29-2008, 05:55 PM
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Try getting him to walk to the side, move his head one way then the other. If that doesn't work then pitch the end of the lead rope towards his rump. If still no response give him a poke with one finger in his side, and again if still tap him on his rump with the lead line end but don't smack him with it. He may need a minute to take in the surroundings.
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