One way to help a horse be less barn sour is to NEVER go out,turn around and ride straight back. Make a loop.. around the block if you will.
The other thing is that if the horse is zig zagging down the road instead of walking out, she is not moving forward and so needs to learn to move forward. Horses that do this are typically lacking in confidence and training.
When the horse realizes she IS heading home, and starts to speed up, you need to turn her away from home every time she speeds up and do a circle. For a truly barn sour horse you may ride out for half an hour and take 3 hours to get back to the barn.
When you get back to the barn, ride her in the arena and when you are done, do not immediately remove the tack and put her in a stall or paddock and feed her. Instead, leave her saddle on and put her up in the stall with no food and come back 15 minutes later and THEN undress her, walk her cool if she needs it and turn her out. After a half hour feed her.
The object of all this is to make going back to the barn a non reward. Make going back to the barn more work and no reward.
The speed and direction which a horse travels at is determined by the rider, not by the horse. If the rider cannot get the horse to do this, then there can be two issues. The horse needs more training or the rider needs more training.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
) Dinosaur Horse Trainer
Last edited by Elana; 11-07-2012 at 12:45 PM.