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post #1 of 4 Old 09-22-2009, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Getting my horse to MOVE

I wanted to ask y'all before I asked my trainer because she'll probably get mad at me for letting my horse do this...but sometimes when we're up in the hills or going some place away from the barn...she'll stop. Just stop! I have blunt spurs on, but she doesn't seem to listen. I tap her, then thunk her, but she won't listen to me. Sometimes if I go an alternate route she'll go, but then she'll stop again. And if I get off and try to lead her, she'll just stand there and not budge. So irritating! Help!

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-22-2009, 01:05 PM
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Well what I have done with my barn/buddy sour horses is you take them out as far as you can get them. Then when you return to the barn or near their friends that's when you make them work and work and work. THen you take them back out for the ride and get them as far as you can away from the barn. Let them stand there and relax, rub them down etc. Maybe even give a treat if you'd like. Do this a few times and eventually they'll realize that they have to work when they return to the barn, but when away for a ride it's not so bad. Hope this helps some.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-22-2009, 01:34 PM
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I have had a few horses do this do me over time. Dont give up try to make them go more. If you let them turn back at that point you are saying its ok we dont have to go on. Maybe try a crop too with the spurs.
never let the horse decide when its time to turn back! Try doing soem circles or what ever to get her mind back on You!
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The vice is called "balking" and is well known. It means the horse is barn sour - doesn't want to leave its home surroundings. It simply doesn't want to go riding with you. Trouble is you are going to have to find out just why.

It is going to be a severe test of your horsemanship. Getting angry won't help. Being firm and positive might. But be careful about hurting the horse - it will remember. Be very careful with those spurs - they are not for punishment

First thing to check out is that the saddle fits, and the bit does not give pain either because it is too harsh or your hands are too heavy or rough.
Is there any justifiable reason why the horse feels that it is entitled to stop - ie some pain somewhere? If you isolate everything, saddle, mouth, teeth, feet, muscles then it is being cussed. Then you have to out fox it. That takes time and experience.

You have a trainer - it is just the thing to talk about with the trainer. If
the trainer is any good, then you are going to find out.

You say nothing about the history of the animal - you need to find out as much as you can about its previous history. You need to know what it had for tea this time last year and everything that has happened to it leading up to yesterday.

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