Originally Posted by anrz
So, this is more of a problem that I have (or the horse AND I, not really sure). For the last few jumping lessons that I have had, I have been riding a young mare named Flirt. She has lots of energy, and seems to like to spend it making the task of taking her OUT of the upper barn and INTO the lower barn difficult to me. (I swear that she and her friend Lola scheme about ways to make my life difficult at night). When I lead her out of the barn, she stops just before she goes through the door. She is reluctant to leave the barn, but when she gets outside she starts prancing and trotting around, and all of a sudden she will pull the lead-rope out of my hands (she is very strong) and dash back to her stall or across the parking lot. I know that these are both big issues, since she could easily get hurt going either way (especially the parking lot). I think it might have something to do with her not respecting me on the ground, because she is fine with the barn manager who usually has to help. I was just wondering if there are any ways that I could work past these issues with her (NOT training, just strategies because she is not my horse and I am only out at the barn one or two times a week). Are there any things that work well to help me with this? I was just recently bumped up to more challenging horses, so I am still a little unskilled with more excitable horses. I would be SOOO grateful if anyone had some advice. It seems like all of my threads are so long...
You need to spend some quality time teaching this horse to lead properly. I have used a chain and let them reach the end of an immovable object (the chain). Most only try that once. The horse's should be at your shoulder and no farther ahead or behind. They stop when you stop and no other action is acceptable. I would like a quiet horse but have no problem with the odd prance step as long as their position stays where they are supposed to be. Their head remains out of my space also.
I carry a whip that will go in front of the horse when I am training them to lead and behind my back to tap their flank when they start to drag their feet (staying behind). I have found this method works well and have shown on the line with no problems even among the stallion classes.