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post #1 of 3 Old 08-22-2011, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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help horse is going nuts

I have a 6 yr old Tennessee walker and here recently she has started acting up you have to lead her out of the yard and we get about 1 block away from the yard and she wants to turn away and come back and there is no changing her mind no stopping turning just one speed and the uickest way back so i had her teeth checked to make sure that wanst the issue so then i had a younger guy than me:) come and ride her he had spurs and he had NO problems with her at all but the second i got on she acted stupid again iam not sure what the problem is she was riding fine but know she is just really weird she just doesn't want to leave or be gone for long any ideas or suggestions as i dont want to be bucked off because the longer you try to turn her and walk her the more ancy and head shaking she gets until we get back thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-22-2011, 12:31 AM
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It sounds like your horse is barn sour, and/or herd bound. That means she is very reluctant to leave the barn and other horses, and go about by herself. This link will tell you more about why your horse is like this and what you can do about it. Creating A Barn Sour Horse

As to why your mare only does it with you, it may be because she doesn't trust you fully, or it may be because she doesn't view you as "leader". Either way, it's probably a trust issue. It's not neccessarly your fault, though... you may have, without realizing it, associated something unpleasant with yourself while riding her??? Or, maybe that younger guy just caught her on a good day ;)
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-22-2011, 12:41 AM
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This is a common story, so forgive me if I don't go into lengthy detail again.

Oh, first of all, welcome to the forum! where are my manners?

Your mare is displaying behavior called "barn sourness" you can learn more about what other persons on this forum do to deal with this very common issue by doing a search for "barn sour".

As for the young fellow with spurs getting results, well , your horse knows that he can MAKE her do what he wants he to. He has the self confidence that unfortunately, you don't yet have. Horses can read this like radar. They know if the human on them or leading them has the confidence and authority to demand and get what they demand . Of course, we are not always demanding when we ride or work with horses. Optimially, we are asking them to move this way or that, to stop, to go faster/slower and on and on. But we have to be recogonized by the horse as someone who is worthy of obeying.

You may be new to horses? you will need to work on espablishing a position of leadership and strengthening it to the point where even though your horse has a powerful emotional draw (and make no mistake, horses are totally emotional creatures), YOU can make her go where you want.

I think more exploration here, more reading and bringing a trainer in to help you with these issues will be the best for you. IT's very hard to do this on your own.

Good luck, and again, welcome.
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