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post #1 of 4 Old 03-31-2010, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Question Halter Issues..

I show in 4-H and have a horse that I think would be really good in halter. He doesn't know how to pivot, so what would be the best way to teach him that? He also has this big problem... standing still. I think he does it just for his amusement! I will get him all pretty and squared up and then after a few minutes he moves and I try to stop him but he ends up turning. So then I have to take him out of line and turn him back around and square him up again. I think he did this atleast seven times in one class at my last show. It's not like he's fidgety.. it's almost like he gets bored. Like he will have his ears up and alert and seem calm but then he just wants to move. Then I have another problem: sometimes we are last to go out and he wants to bolt out, I guess because he doesn't want to be left alone. But if I could get him to stand still & pivot, we might just win and he won't have to be last out
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-31-2010, 01:41 PM
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Well, I'm not sure what you mean by pivot, but if you'll clarify it I can try and give you some pointers..

As for standing still, whenever he moves or takes a step back him up 5-10 steps in a bit of a hurry, then ask him to stand still again. After a while he'll understand that it's a lot of work to misbehave and it's easier just to do what you say and stand still...or are you on him when he does all this? Even if you are on him, work with him until he does what you ask on the ground before asking him under saddle.
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pivoting is when they only move three of their legs and keep one of their back ones in place and they turn around it.

One thing I've learned working with horses: You can FORCE a horse to do something on a tight rein and he might do what you ask or you can TEACH a horse to do something on a loose rein and he will do it willingly with his heart.
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I had this same problem with snow when I first got her, I dont know if your horse has this same issue while being tied but you could possibly try working with him on a regular basis... Just halter him up and act the same way you would when you are at a show, when you halt and set him up the first time make him stand for 3 seconds and then back him a couple steps and walk off...

The second time you stop him ask for a little longer to hold still, but you dont want to ask for to much or he might move. Back him after he stands quiet and then walk off again.

Repeat this a couple of times but change up the amount of time, say the first time you asked for 3 seconds so the third time you could ask for 3 seconds again. that way he isn't for sure when you are going to want him move. but remember to back him everytime afterwards... this lets him know that he is released from the stand still.

You also say that he has trouble with the pivot.. When practicing with him ask him for only one step over until he understands what you want, then you can add steps. I used this on my filly that I trained myself for showmanship and she picked up on it very quickly.

The last thing you said was that he tries to bolt out of the arena... Turn him around and back him all the way out. most horses will get the point the first time that it is easier to just walk out forward. If he doesn't get it the first time then do it again.

Hope I offered you some helpful advice. Good Luck!
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