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post #1 of 24 Old 02-03-2011, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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He will Not move forward Please Help!!

SO the BO parked a hay trailer right next to the ring, which is fine but it really botherd my TB.

I was trying to ride him and he wouldn't go anywhere near that side of the ring, and actually wouldn't go anywhere if he was facing it. He actually wouldn't do anything in the ring, it was bothering him that bad.
He just kept backing up or would plant his feet and not move.

So I got off of him and walked him over to it and made him stand there for a few minutes until he chilled. Then I walked hiim back and forth a few times. When he seemed like he was getting used to it I got back on him and same thing over again with the backing up and not going forward. I even tried lounging him on that side of the ring and he wouldn't loung. The only time he'll go near it is if I walking next to him.

What would you do in this situation. I am at a loss?!?!
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post #2 of 24 Old 02-03-2011, 02:14 PM
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I would just nicely ask your BO if he could move it. The worst your BO could say is I can't move it right now but, if she/he is nice enough i'm sure she/he will. Just explain it.
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I would call it a training opportunity.

You will not always be able to ask people to move things that scare your horse. This is a good way to work in a controlled environment and teach your horse that even though life is scary they still have to listen and behave.
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Agreed with AlwaysBehind. It could also be taken as a training opportunity
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post #5 of 24 Old 02-03-2011, 02:45 PM
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Oh I absolutely agree you should work him through it
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post #6 of 24 Old 02-03-2011, 02:48 PM
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can you get someone else to lead him to it while you ride, or ride while you lead? Maybe he doesn't think you can protect him from in the saddle..
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I know I need to work him through it but I'm not sure how. Do I just sit there and keep asking him to move forward until he does. Because I honestly think I could be sitting there for a while.
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Spank his butt! This is not only an opportunity to train your horse, it is imperative that this horse has more respect for your asking for impulsion than his fear of foreign objects. If you do not establish 'who is in charge' and you do not get good forward impulsion whenever you want it, this bad habit will regress into rearing and/or falling over backwards. That is what comes next when you let a horse determine when he will and when he will not go forward.
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I never agree with beating a horse, but remember you are dealing with a 1200 pound animal. For the most part, nothing you do to him will inflict much real pain.

This is my favorite saying: "As soft as possible, and as hard as necessary." Cherie is right...spank his butt. Perferably with something like Parelli's carrot stick, which seems to be a electric fence poll with leather wrapping on the end. A whip is too small and will sting a little too much, as least that's what I've found. Start with lounging small circles around you, just out of kicking range, in case he gets fresh. I'm talking maybe 10 to twelve feet in diameter small. Start with light taps, and if he goes, great! If he doesn't, tap harder. That's how my horse was...after a minute or two he went "fine! I'll go forward!" With the small circle you'll start with, a trot is really as fast as you want to go, and remember you can always let out more line if it's going good.

When I say tap, that's what I mean. I practiced on my leg to make sure my taps stung, but didn't really hurt. You want to get his attention, and stinging his backside will do that, but you don't want to just start wailing on him.

With my horse, I spanked him on the muscled part of his back leg above his hock. Kinda midway between his butt and his hock. This gave him reason to move forward, and didn't hit him anywhere where the isn't much muscle. And with Raja, it was about irritating him with the number of taps. And after about twenty seconds of hard smacks (my hard taps were about like a girly swing at a tennis ball--mostly from the elbow, with my upper arm at my side) your arm will burn, but he might be going, "ya right, that don't hurt," but keep at it. And remember that your stick can be used as reward to "rub away the smack."

Basically, ground work is a great way to get to refocus him on you and not on the scary outside world. Doesn't matter if it is a hay trailer or dump truck or the garbage man, he needs to focus on you. And the best way to do that is to lunge him, and make him move. Frequent changes of direction (reversals) are good too, but can be tricky when you have line and stick in your hand.

Keep in mind this worked for my horse and might not work for yours...you know him better than me!
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My suggestion is my motto-"make the right thing easy, and the wrong thing difficult"....so, if he want to be on the other side of the arena-fine. Work his butt off there.....the ONLY place he gets to rest is by the trailer. Work him, take him over there. If he doesn't want to go-work him more and try again. That also becomes where you dismount when you are done. Soon he will love the trailer.

The bigger deal you make it, the bigger it will become.

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