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    05-20-2012, 02:19 PM
Horse stops dead when leading. Advice?

Hi everyone
I have had my 22 year old thoroughbred x connamera mare for 3 months now and she is great and I love her to bits :)

Recently she has been turned out full time in the field just down the road from the farm. She is in their with two other horses. When I go to catch her in the field, she lets me put the head collar on but when I start to try and lead her forward, she does not move. If she does start to move, she will walk a couple of steps and then stop dead. She doesnt do this all the time, sometimes she is absolutely fine. I just would like some advice on how to deal with this when it does happen. I know that as she is old, she is just testing my patience and taking the mickey out of me. :)

I think the reluctance to leave the field is due to her not wanting to leave the other horses. Once she is going though, she is fine. Any ideas on what to do when she stops and refuses to move? I know there is no use pulling :) Thanks guys.
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    05-20-2012, 03:13 PM
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Carry a long whip with you and have it in your outside hand to her, when she stops use your voice to tell her to walk, if she doesn't remain facing forward drop the whip hand behind you and give her a crack across her hind end.
Odds are as she is part Connemara she has a brain and will see the whip and not stop!
    05-20-2012, 03:16 PM
Pony her with a good solid horse with a roping saddle. Always works
    05-20-2012, 05:45 PM
Agreed with the whip idea. :) Selena tests me like that. I had my trainer follow me and smack her on the butt everytime she leaned on the rope/stopped.
    05-20-2012, 10:37 PM
If im leading one of my horses out of the corral and he gets sticky feet and stops moving, Ill back him up with a lot of energy. It does two things, gets his feet moving and shows him that im in charge and I can move his feet when ever I want. If im leading them in from the pasture on an ATV and they get sticky feet, Ill stop lunge the horse with energy for about ten seconds then continue to the barn like nothing happened. If they do it again, Ill increase the energy and for a little longer. Walking or trotting beside the four wheeler is a lot less work then hustling in a circle and changing directions. Im spoiled, I really don't have any problems with any of the three horses I ride a lot. I just don't let them get away with bad behavior. Correct problems early and as often as needed before they grow into other problems.
    05-20-2012, 10:58 PM
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AC -- She is in the UK. There is probably not a roping saddle or a horse that will pull off the saddle-horn within a thousand miles or more. Roping is illegal there.

I would do some serious groundwork, particularly longeing, to teach her more respect for you on the ground. Do longing and other groundwork with a short whip working in close and a long whip on the longe-line. Then 'smooch' every time you ask for movement. Reinforce with the whip if you have to.

Very soon, a smooch will mean to move her feet and when you are leading her, it will mean to move them forward.

Lead her in from the pasture with a looong lead-rope (not a longe-line because they are too hard on your hands) and carry a whip with you. If she stalls out, wake her up and make her move forward for a few circles around you. Remember to go both ways - not just to the left where she passes you. That is not a good idea.
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    05-21-2012, 10:32 AM
Im having this problem amoungst others atm with a very newly broken young boy whose decided to start to test me! Im defenatly thinking its a respect thing especialy since mine threatened to kick me today in the stable.
Correct it at once, I second carrying a whip although as mentioned she may just be perfect while you have a whip. With my boy im having to correct this over and over but today as soon as I got an incline he was going to stop I belted him with the end of the rope behind my back as I was moving forward and that stopped that!! Try not to look at her as you do it.
Connemaras are lovely we had 9 when I was growing up my father used to buy them direct from ireland and they made FANTASTIC showjumpers. We still have two and they are 23. Lovely breed kind and gentle but they can be determined and like all horses they will test you if they can get away with it!!
I think youll get through this with no problem and once you get the upper hand youll have no further issues. I know its hard but try not to get down heartened and start each day with a clean slate!
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    05-21-2012, 10:37 AM
Umm hello.. give her a good whack on her hiney and send her forward!

You asked for her to move on, she refused.. I would really make her regret that decision.

Or if you don't like that approach, ask her to yield her shoulder to you and do a few spins on her hind end whilst on lead.

Or back up 10 yards.

Or do a mix of all three!

Had a mare do this to me.. a 4 year old Primadonna who decided to test me. I didn't stand for it. You let a horse push you around and make decisions, it's going to turn ugly very fast.
    05-21-2012, 10:41 AM
A good 12 ft lead is your friend.

Ask forwards swing rope towards belly whack belly/ hq with rope. Pony WILL move
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    05-21-2012, 10:50 AM
Another one that works for me, I usually have my horse behind me when I'm leading in from the field, just on a loose rope. If they stop and plant I take up the tension and pull, if that doesn't work then I move a few steps to the side and pull, they have to move their feet over and then they get a slack rope. Usually it only takes a few repeats before they get it and they give up and walk on in.

I started doing that with Big Bert, and now have done it with Big Ben, and it's worked on both of them.
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