Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
I agree that he's not seeing you as "in charge" and is taking advantage of that. However, how you approach it depends on the horse's personality. If he's already angry (which is sounds like he is), smacking him with the lead rope is going to just make him even more angry (at least in my experience that's what happens). You could try what I do with my 2yo draft colt. If he refuses to go forward, I force him to back up until he agrees to move forward. The tapping/whacking on the butt with the lead rope didn't work with him (he side-steps away from it and gets mad). Shanking him doesn't phase him one whit (worked on my somewhat flighty arab/saddlebred gelding, but not the unflappable draft colt). So, we back up until he decides to stop being bull-headed. Generally speaking, it only takes anywhere from half a dozen to a dozen steps for him to get the point. It make take more or less for your horse to get the point. So, if the smacking doesn't work, the backing up is something else to try.
Just so you don't think this is just my horse that it works on, my friend has a 15yo arab mare that can be "wrong-headed" sometimes and not want to go forward. She backs her up until she gives in (doesn't fight the hackamore if she's riding or doesn't fight the backing up if she's leading) and then makes her do whatever it was they were going to do.
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