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  • Horse that won't go forward or turn while being ridden, has to be on lead rope?

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    03-31-2009, 09:08 PM
Horse won't go..... help :(

Hi I have a 12yr old mare who hasn't been ridden for about 5-6 years and I myself have never ridden her. She has been used as a brood mare but now have sold the stallion and want to ride her. She is sensible and easy to do anything with on the ground.
Well I rode her yesterday... well tried and she wouldn't move. I flapped my legs and tried everything but she wouldn't go.
I got my brother to lead her around the paddock and she was fine but as soon as he stopped leading her she stopped. The only time she would move on her own was to turn around to the left.
I am at a complete loss and have no idea what to do.
She is so soft and responsive on the ground so why is she like this when I get on her??
Would love some help because honestly I wouldn't have any idea where to start.
Is there ground work I can do with her?? Or something? Anything??

Hope to get some ideas soon...

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    03-31-2009, 09:17 PM
I would lung her then get someone to ride her while ur lunging. She may just be freezing up and forgetting what ur asking. I'd start from the beginning since its been so long since she's been used.
Good luck!
    03-31-2009, 09:22 PM
One time I rode a pony that would not turn, move forward, backward, nothing!
Ended up he needed his teeth floated

But it could be more then just her teeth.
    03-31-2009, 09:33 PM
If everything else healthwise turns out ok, then it's a training issue.

5 to 6 years of not being ridden is a long time for a horse. You will probably have to start at the beginning like you would a horse that was never started. It's never a bad idea to go over stuff to get her mind active again. You may uncover some holes in her training, and fix issues before they arrive.
    03-31-2009, 11:42 PM
This is a common response for green horses, spoiled horses or ones who've had time off. If she knows what your asking (Has been ridden and trained before or knows ques for leading/lounging etc) See if you can have someone behind her with a lounge whip to ask her forward, Even if she takes a little step forward stop asking and tell her good girl. Get after her for not going and reward her for any forward movement. You could also have someone lounge her while you ride. It will just take time to get her back into the swing of things, sitting around eating for a few years looks much better to her than listening to a rider :)
    03-31-2009, 11:59 PM
Thanks for that. So just lunging, round pen work, long reining and then riding while being lundged??
    04-01-2009, 12:02 AM
"sitting around eating for a few years looks much better to her than listening to a rider :) "

That's funny but so true, I honestly thought she would be fine, green yes and maybe a bit hard on the bit but not move at all?? I was like... honey what are you doing?? Here I was all ready for the buck or reer and got nothing...

Thanks for your help guys, i'll let you know how I go

    04-01-2009, 03:06 PM
She needs to listen to YOUR cues. Lunging her - she will listen to the ground person. You have already said she responds from the ground.

When we start a stubborn horse under saddle - we use a buddy horse. Have someone ride with you and the mare should follow. If the mare is still stubborn, the other rider can pony her while you are giving the foward and 'whoa' cues. When she starts responding, you can take the lead rope and continue riding without having to stop and un do anything.

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