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post #1 of 6 Old 07-10-2009, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
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Question Horse won't go forward

Hey everybody.
Before I start I just want to say that, YES I have broken several horses before and I am not inexperienced when working with abused horses.



So, I have been working with my newest pony for two months now and he is solid on the groundwork and everything and i have started the saddle.
He works nicey on the lunge with the saddle and I have, in the past week, started putting weight in the saddle. He was very calm about everything that I did with him so I felt that he was ready for me to hop on.
So last night I did and he was fine but...He wouldn't go.


I thought this was weird because of all 15 or so horses I have broken have all gone. Either they were off bucking, they were responsive to my vocal commands, they went with pressure from the legs, or they were walking off to try to figure out what was happening.

He wouldn't budge unless someone on the ground was walking along side of him, or giving him lunging clues.
I don't really know what to do.


What do you think I shoud do?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-10-2009, 07:31 AM
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Squeeze, cluck, smack.

Squeeze your legs, if no response, back up with your vocal command, if still no response, use a whip, string with popper, whatever, and smack him with increasing intensity behind the driveline until he moves forward. Hang on, I've seen some horses really overreact to the "smack" part and bounce forward. Eventually, he'll understand that if he moves forward off the squeeze, there won't be a smack, and you won't need the whip.

Good luck!

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-10-2009, 07:51 AM
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I'd try getting someone on the ground to lunge him, and you ride. Give him the commands to 'go' when the lunger does, soon he should pick up they mean the same thing, then try lunging with you giving all the commands, then take him off lunge.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-10-2009, 08:31 AM
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Keep going with what's working.

Nothing wrong with having a second person lead, give aids, whatever until he's confident enough to go on his own, or understands the aids the rider is giving.

Give the aids, and have your ground person reinforce them and carry on.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-10-2009, 06:25 PM
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When I started my filly, she was the most docile sweet girl, I climb on her the first time, and she wouldn't move. I had to get someone to pull on her bridle (lead her) as I gave her leg cues. She learned very quickly what I was asking her to do.

Sometimes they just don't understand, so you have to give them more information to help them along.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-10-2009, 08:02 PM
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Did you try to turn her one way or the other? SOmtimes all you need to do is to get them to move one foot, and then they catch on that it is ok to move. How many times have you done this? I would think that maybe the next time he may be a little more willing if this is the first time you have ridden him. If he has done it more than once just keep trying...he will catch on!
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