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    08-21-2009, 09:08 PM
When I was working with a trainer putting first rides and saddling on a horse, She always lunged the horse with all the tack on first, and then when I would get on, she would still have the lunge line, and would help encourage the horse to go forward when I put my leg on, said walk or trot or whatever, and kissed, and that always helped the babies learn to go forward without scaring them, and without letting her think that just standing there is fine. And trust me, I am working a quarter horse gelding, halter horse, who is very green and lacks confidence, and just getting his feet to move, while yes it helped, he still thinks a few months down the road that when asked to trot out, or canter, that doing pirouettes, and tiny little circles, is much easier. Still haven't quite figured that one out yet lol. But on him you can't push him. Simply sitting on his back, and bumping him with your leg and trying to out wait him doesn't work. He personally is just a stubborn horse, who has some other problems, but if pushed enough, or I try to out wait him long enough, he eventually either rears straight up, slams himself sideways into the railing, or tries to back up up a hill. So if you are going to try the sit and wait her out till she moves, be careful that she won't end up getting so upset or confused, that she goes up, or does something else to try and get rid of the frustration.
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    08-22-2009, 08:10 AM
I should have added that you need to keep the head bent to one side a little. This will keep her from rearing. A horse can't rear or buck unless the head and neck are aligned and it's easier to get them to take a step if thier head is pulled around about half way. To make it comfortable to go forward it has to be uncomfortable to stand still. However you want to do that is fine as long as she can't ignore it and you don't quit untill you get the desired response.
    09-09-2009, 05:54 PM
Sounds like a confidence thing to me. A lot of horses are fine when leading because you're not asking them to take charge and go first, but when you get up in the saddle, it's a scary proposition for them to head off "alone." The problem isn't going to subside if you continue to have someone lead her while you ride, so you really have to get her to try to move off on her own so that she will see it is safe for her to do so. What I do for horses that aren't fond of going forward is to take a light weight marine rope and swing it rythmically behind me on both sides of the horse (takes some coordination, but you'll get the hang of it), increasing tempo and speed until the horse moves off. Then I let the horse be until it stops again and repeat the process. Eventually she'll get it.

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