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    06-11-2010, 12:09 AM
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Horse leads well at home, but has no respect in new places

I've had my horse about two months now and while we have made a lot of progress on ground work and she is very respectful in 98% of situations, she is also very easily distracted when she's in a new place.

If we are at home she leads like a dream. If she's in a new situation she has her head in the clouds and pays no attention to me whatsoever. I can make her halt and she will, but she will also forge ahead of me and at times has even bumped me with her shoulder because she's just not watching where she's going. She's too busy looking at everything.

The times she has bumped me I've smacked her with the lead rope and made her halt. I hope I won't get flack for hitting her, but I didn't know what else to do at the moment and I just went on reflex.

When she forges I will make her back up a step or two, which can sometimes go well and other times be a struggle. (she will do it perfectly fine when she's relaxed)

I'd really love any suggestions on how to get her attention and make her less "all over the place" when she's in a new situation.
     
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    06-11-2010, 12:26 AM
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This basically means that she doesn't have as much confidence in your leadership as you think she does.

In new situations where she is spacy, I would make her move her feet, whether in circles or in hand trotting, lots of halting and turning and such and make her pay attention to you.
     
    06-11-2010, 01:50 AM
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Green Broke
I agree with justsambam. But if my horse bumps into me with they're shoulder I whip around 'pin' my ears and get after her the exact same way a lead mate would. She has never done that after the first week we bought her. She can look at stuff, but she has to be paying attention to me always.
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    06-11-2010, 12:50 PM
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Weanling
I have had luck with putting a lead chain over the nose. If you don't need it, great! If you do, it is there to remind the horse who is in charge. . . This has worked very well for my kids' pony, who tends to ignore his little leaders if the big world is more interesting. Now, they hardly ever need to shake his rope at him!
     
    06-11-2010, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by payette    
I have had luck with putting a lead chain over the nose. If you don't need it, great! If you do, it is there to remind the horse who is in charge. . . This has worked very well for my kids' pony, who tends to ignore his little leaders if the big world is more interesting. Now, they hardly ever need to shake his rope at him!
Not the right way to handle things in this situation. Her horse is not being obstinate, he is nervous/excited. Picture a little kid at an amusement park. Would you pop him in the mouth every time he got a little antsy while waiting in line for a ride? I sure hope not.
     

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