Originally Posted by BlackTWH
My first reaction is no. I don't want to smack him it would break our bond and I am sure there is a gentler way. I am finding no way around it.
I am a pretty green rider so I purchased a horse that said kid safe in huge letters with no vices. I rode him at the place I purchased him and he tested me a little bit but did what I asked.
When I got him home he was good the first day but as he started to feel me out he realized I was not an aggressive rider. When I messaged the trainer who previously owned him he said I have to get somewhat physical with him while he is testing me. I didn't want to naturally but he is putting me in dangerous situations.
He rears up when he can get his head up. Which I have gotten to almost go away just by fixing my riding errors.
He takes me into corners and does not turn for anything.
He drags me through trees.
Does not respond to gentle pressure whatsoever.
I do groundwork and love on him. But in the saddle he listens for about 10-45 minutes, depending on the day, then tries to go back to the barn. I have had him for a month and I have worked with him every single day and he always comes right to me from the start.
But when I am cornered and he refuses to move in any direction at all. And rears if I try to turn him out and doesn't move when I kick him.
Is it okay to smack him on the rear to get out of there.
Sounds like you have a hand full. All riders were green at one time, and some still are, and they buy green broke horses for one reason or another. I do.
I have had two green broke horse that I needed to work with and one well trained one. NO such thing as a bomb proof horse they all revert to instinct when the need arises. My present acqusitions are one green broke gelding and one well trained mare. AS for getting him to move. Redirect him by asking him to move his front feet to the side, then forward, it has worked for me. It is important from the respect angle to get him to move.
Lets take the mare for example. Great horse for the first 4 weeks then it all turned to poo. She decided she was the boss and I had to fight her for that position. She also had to learn my signals and I HAD to learn hers. She would let me know if I was doing something that annoyed her and I had to find a way to get her to do what I wanted, while she thought she was doing what she wanted, Bit like a relationship only one winner.
Did I ever hit her, Yes, and it in my opinion was a mistake. The best responce was a loud growl it worked most times.
Now for the green broke horse. He tries to rear when loading into the float A new behavour he is trying it on. A loud growl and a sharp pull to the side on the lead rope then presented to the float again and in he went. He will get over that. Rearing when in the saddle that can be a hard one but I tied his head down a little so he could not thrash it backwards and hit me which made it a little harder to rear. Also the growl, must remember the growl and it is instant. Not 30 seconds later as he has moved on and has no idea what is wrong.
Once he has done what you want right repeat that daily untill it is ingrained.
The replys you have recieved have all been well intended so don't feel you have been got at.
I have a problem with one of my horses loading she will flatly refuse and she is a little large to try and force. On one attempt she was 90 per cent in and would not go the rest, and when I tried to be forcefull she ever so lightly lifted the back leg in a threat. Only just off the ground I spotted it taped it with the wip and growled. She put it down again. Its a game who is the boss.
And on leaving, I to want to train my horse to do what I want when I want. I have learnt it is a partnership but there has the be the boss and then the second in command The horse is second.
If the horse does something that you do not have the experience to deal with, get in some one who can deal with it.
In the long run it saves the horse getting confused, and you, as I have done
, learnt a new trick to add to the ones needed when owing a horse.
Good luck. Keep posting and asking questions. You may not always like the answers but generally folks on this forum are well meaning.
As always I own the spelling mistakes.