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post #1 of 4 Old 09-28-2011, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Horse won't give to pressure...

Earlier today, I didn't really have time to ride...so I decided to try lunging my mare. Well I knew she doesn't give well to pressure on the ground, so I went and found a long stick and tied a bag to it. I put it up to her shoulder, she moved her shoulders, same for butt, and when I put it to her midsection she would side step, just like wanted. Then all of a sudden: nothing. No response, I tapped her but for ten minutes and she didt budge! Any sugestions?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-28-2011, 09:57 PM
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It depends. Is your horse misunderstanding your cue or is she just being stubborn.
You know your horse.
If she is being stubborn, you might keep increasing the pressure until she moves. (waving the bag, verbal cues, etc..)
If she doesn't understand what you are asking, then keep doing it over and over until you get the desired response.
In both instances once she responds the way you want, immediately remove bag and stick releasing pressure.
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Sounds more like you desensitized her to bags rather than trained her to move away from pressure. It's kind of a good thing. She couldn't care less about a bag flapping near her which is always nice where 1100lb animals are concerned.

Maybe try something with more direct pressure, a heavy lead rope or a longe whip you can flick at her. Make sure your body language is saying move too. If you stand next to her shoulder with slouched shoulders, don't expect her butt to move. Stand square to her and be clear with what part of her you expect her to move.

Good luck.
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1. Don't whack her any harder than another horse would, & don't keep it up at that level. Get to highest level then start over at suggestion.

2. If that doesn't work (her knowing that Phase 4 is coming, so she'll move at Phase 3), forget the phases & do something that is so annoying that she has to move away, like, stick touch to a teat, ear fuzz, etc. If you find her annoying spot, she'll move.

3. Treats offered at random (not every time she does well) can turn a resistive horse's attitude around. You can hold a treat at her ribs, have her turn her head to reach it, & disengage her hindquarter to get it, as a start. Then you'll want to develop yourself as the treat for her by being a fun, solid leader.

You also do need to know why she's refusing to respond: is she dominant (Make me!) or is she scared & unsure of you as a leader? If the latter, she's frozen up & will blow if you keep pushing her.

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