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post #1 of 8 Old 05-27-2013, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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Horse stops and won't budge when leaving the farm

I have an 18 yr. old Arabian (smart) that I don't ride that often. When I do, if I just ride around the farm, he's a dream horse. But if I try to take him off the farm (doesn't matter if he's alone or with his buddy) he gets half way down the drive and stops. Won't budge a step. Someone told me to turn him around facing the way he wants to go (back to the barn) and back him up, so I tried that yesterday and he backed half way across a field. I eventually dismounted and he still wouldn't walk a single step. After a few minutes of trying to pull him...I turned him in a circle, then lead him to the end of my driveway and mounted. With much hesitation, he eventually followed my other horse in front of him (who by this time was getting excited from viewing all of this negative behavior) and we didn't get very far when he stopped again, and when I encouraged him to move forward...he just backed up again. I made him stand there for a few minutes so it would be MY idea when we went back, but back we went. Never finished the ride. Then my other horse started backing up when he was asked to stop and wait on us. I don't want two horses starting this bad behavior. I plan to ride him today alone and make him leave the farm....but want to do it correctly. I guess when he stops we could just stand there for hours(?) until he's tired of t.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-27-2013, 08:01 AM
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id let him go back to the barn, get off then lung him till his tounge was hanging out. Get back on and ride out, if he stops or trys to turn towardds home, calmly walk back, get off , lunge the snot out of him. Eventually he will figure out it is easier to walk where you want than to go where he wants and run.
Thats probably the right way, or you could do what I would probably do, get on ride out if he balks lay the dang spurs to him. Yeh I dont have alot of patience.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-27-2013, 08:13 AM
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Our Appy gelding would do this when we first got him. Just stop and refuse to move.

Ride with a halter and lead under the bridle. When he stops, get off and lunge him right there on the spot. Put lots of energy and intensity in the lunge, with lots of direction changes. Then, when he's responding quickly to you, stop lunging and get on. Attempt to ride forward.

Repeat the whole thing as needed. Roudy only needed 2 refreshers and hasn't balked since.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-27-2013, 08:44 AM
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My mare likes to balk at the top of the driveway on our way out to the trails. I can manage to get her moving with some nasty kicks, but I usually just take the whip and hit her harder and harder until she moves, lol.
She's been going without lately..but I'm sure I'll have to bring the whip out after our 3 week hiatus of riding.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-27-2013, 12:28 PM
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I would exhaust the simple first, have you tried a really "good" over under? A lot of times it takes their focus off of "I don't want to, or I can't, or whatever" long enough to get them headed toward working w you, not against you.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-27-2013, 12:59 PM
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Let's try annoying him first. Give a squeeze with both calves by turning your toes out a bit then forward again. If he fails to respond, use one heel and tap him firmly, It may take a few minutes and he may take only one step. Stop tapping the moment he does. Again squeeze and if you have to again start tapping. He wants it to stop but doesn't know how. If he backs up, keep tapping as it's the wrong answer. Sorry to tell you your leg may feel like it will fall off. If he's still not moving, then use a crop and do the same thing. Some horses will readily respond if they think you are going to use it.
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-27-2013, 10:47 PM
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Bend is your friend. Flex him to the side until he moves, circle a few times then give him the opportunity to move forward. Do it again every time he stops. He will learn that circles suck and it's much more pleasant to move forward as he is asked.

By the time you get off to lunge him, your moment has passed.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-28-2013, 10:45 AM
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Taking horse back to barn lets them win. Period. Doesn't matter if you lunge or just put horse up. They wanted to go back and you let them.

Horse has your number.

You can just sit horse out, which takes time and patience, or you can do over/under, or use crop.

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