05-27-2013, 06:50 AM
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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.