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    02-15-2011, 03:25 PM
Originally Posted by CanyonCowboy    
From the March, 2011 Western Horseman, Page 36:

"For example, a rider might want to simply lead a horse that is reluctant to leave the barn. As the horse slowly walks, the handler drags the horse along on a taut lead rope. The horse stops walking and the handler stops, puts slack in the lead rope and looks back at the horse. The handler has made the wrong thing (stopping) easy and the right thing (walking with slack in the lead line) difficult."

Just read it at lunch.
I also often find that new horse owners or owners that are working with a horse that they are unfamiliar with will put themselves into bad leverage positions and try to muscle the horse to where they want to go and a horse is not led with physical strength.

A horse must learn to follow the rope and this is also the foundation of tying hard and ground tying.
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    02-15-2011, 04:01 PM
I'm not sure if I missed it - WHERE are you trying to lead the horse? And to do what?

If you only go out to catch your horse to work or have the vet or farrier to see the horse, he's trying to tell you the relationship is not working for him.

Change up why you go out to get him. Bring him in to brush and put hinm back out. Bring him in for no reason other than a walk in hand around the parking area and then put him back out.

If I have a reluctant boarders horse, I will carry an extra lead line or buggy whip. As soon as there is resistance, I tap on the hip while I am still moving. (Right hand holding lead rope and left hand/arm doing the encouraging.) The horse's nose needs to be at my shoulder but about an arms length to the side. Perfect position. Discourages the horse from getting ahead or falling behind but allows me to watch their head for any indication they may try to bite, duck out, etc.
    02-15-2011, 10:21 PM
Originally Posted by Nina    
Tried that also and unfortunatly it didnt work, I found it rather dangerous actually as the colt stopped and started backing up and rearing as I had to try and keep control of my mare and the balsitic colt that didnt want to move forward, so a good thought but unfortunatly not one that worked for me. I always used contact as a reward I don't do treats only now and again as I do not want a nippy horse and I certainly do not hit my horse or show my frustration and try my best to keep calm and that just makes the situation worse, I find it much better to ingnore the bad and over praise the good.
Honestly...I don't think you are ready to train a horse, if you can't find the will to gain control of this young horse's don't have to be cruel to do so, but you have to be willing to BE his leader, and he has figured out already, from reading about his behavior, that you are not. Get a trainer who can work with you one on one, or find someone who has the knowledge to properly raise and train him, and count your loss before you or him get's injured.

I know this sounds harsh, but I've seen one too many horses and owners get heartbroken and injured over the years because the owners bit off more than they could chew.
    02-15-2011, 10:31 PM
Im in agreeance with marecare and mom2pride.

Leading is one of the most underrated things you can do with a horse. A horse that leads badly will probably ride badly in the same way (if the horse is always laging behind and your constantly having to pull him up, it will likely be the type of horse that you'll have to constantly keep nagging forward while riding to have him maintain gait nicely)

Perhaps getting a trainer to help you & your horse is the way to go.
    02-16-2011, 07:55 AM
Originally Posted by christopher    
im in agreeance with marecare and mom2pride.

Leading is one of the most underrated things you can do with a horse. A horse that leads badly will probably ride badly in the same way (if the horse is always laging behind and your constantly having to pull him up, it will likely be the type of horse that you'll have to constantly keep nagging forward while riding to have him maintain gait nicely)

Perhaps getting a trainer to help you & your horse is the way to go.
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    02-16-2011, 08:07 AM
Thank you for your comments, im unsure if you actually read my first post, The colt which I have bought is 2 and has been stuck in a stable for this period of time he had not been handled for this period of time and therfore had no experience at all or familiarity with humans to the point where he was cowar in the corner of the stable bite and try and kick. I find your comments very frustrating as my horse now comes to call will let me brush his full body etc. I lead him arouynd the yard as you said and I lead him to the yard to be brushed this is the only places I take him to and it is inbetween that he stops he will eventually get moving again but I wanted to have suggestions on getting him from a to b without a pause in between. Your comment about getting rid of him because of this matter is absoloute nonsense, im sure if you have horses you will know that they have their own personality and will not do what you want them to do all of the time. I would not howerver tell you to get rid of them so I suggest you stop thowing such ridicolous comments about. As I said I lead my horse around the yard where is is familiar and comfortable, I do not yank on his head like the idot on the photo as that will just make him worse. I went to college for 3 years to study equine and there behaviour and am very good friends with a farrier and vet who is his own company and they cannot belive the difference in him in such a short time, I was asking for advice not childish comments such as you don't know what your doing and get rid. If only you thought before you speak or ask for information you would have realised this and considering how much I have done to bring him round I hope your realise now how pathectic your little commment sounded and also this is what this forum is about helping people who have queries or would like some advice on horses, if all you have to say is get rid, I thin. Your in the wrong place.
    02-16-2011, 08:12 AM
Also the comment regarding the horse that was backing up whilst the rider is on the horse is of a vidoe on you tube, I would not want to put either of my horses in that dangerous situation which is why I have not done it with my colt so I suggest you take less information from photographs and actually get some ground info before you advise peple on there horses as I am assuming the horse in picture one and the one in picture 2 are neither of your horses? And just something which you happened to see which on picture 1 was said to work and on picture 2 something which is said not to be done, not something that you have actually experienced or done yourself?
    02-16-2011, 08:51 AM
I have a question and it is a serious one.
Is English a second language for you?
    02-16-2011, 09:08 AM
Its very much my first pet, live in england, newcastle if you want to put a point on it, unfortunatly I have a full time job and had to send a quick reply on my dinner so didnt really take much due care and attention to punctuation and did abbreviate a lot of my reply, sorry if you do not understand my short term phrases, on the matter of my last reply I am assuming the answer to my question is a no, so please stop making picky little remarks and get back to your photos and quit waisting my time :)
    02-16-2011, 09:40 AM
Good luck.

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