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        06-27-2012, 11:53 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Ok I'll try!! I haven't actually seen anyone work with him other than me and my dad (whose ridden Mel once). He had pretty good control of him. One thing I have noticed is he moves better when he's not in a pen. The only places I try to ride him in are in a pen at my house, and in a pasture during the summer. (basically wherever pen he lives in at the moment). I've ridden him once or twice around on our farm, and I would ride there more often but there's nowhere to go. I never ride him on our roads because they are always busy with vehicles that speed by super fast, so my parents don't let me.

    Never tried a whip or spurs. Should I give them a try?
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        06-27-2012, 11:55 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Oh and he backs up ok. He's starting to refuse to do that now though.
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        06-27-2012, 11:57 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    I would definitely suggest a whip to help back you up. Dressage whips are good they reach back to give em a decent bop on the bum but can be used lightly as well.

    Ground work is an invaluable tool. Did you say you've not led hi at trot before?
         
        06-28-2012, 12:06 AM
      #14
    Foal
    Alrighty I'll get me one of those whips! I'm really desperate for anything to make him move haha.

    I've done alot of groundwork on my green mare and its helped alot. I guess I never thought of using it on him because he's already "well broke" and is alot more experienced. And yes I haven't.
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        06-28-2012, 02:02 AM
      #15
    Foal
    He could just be lazy when it comes to riding, sometimes I don't get to ride my horse for a week or two ( it rains all the time where I live) , so when I ride her again I just have to keep on trying to get her to go. I sometimes have to use a crop to get her to move.
         
        06-28-2012, 02:05 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Use the groundwork on him as well.

    Do some led work at the trot and be prepared to work for it!
         
        06-28-2012, 02:47 AM
      #17
    Foal
    It sounds like he's taking advantage of you and being lazy. Even if there were saddle fitting issues or pain, he would still move instead of dismissing you completely.

    My first question - can you find someone else with experience to ride him? It should be very telling if they can get him to move.

    My second question - Do you know how to apply the whip? When you ask him forward and he ignores you, you have to apply the whip lightly to his hind quarters. If he still refuses (which will most likely be accompanied with pinned ears) ask again immediately. Do this over and over until he goes forward. If he tries to go backwards or to the side, redirect his head and keep asking with whip, clucking, and nudging him until he goes forward. Chances are he will crow hop or buck, so just be prepared for that and KEEP ASKING if that's what he does. As soon as he moves forward, relax and let him walk out.

    If anything, the next time you go to ride him tell yourself you are not stopping until he goes forward, not matter what it takes. You CANNOT feel discouraged or doubt yourself, you horse picks up on that energy right away. See if you can make him go on your own, and if not find someone who can ride him for you.
         
        06-28-2012, 06:34 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Update! So I went and bought a rope halter with a longer lead rope and read up on groundwork tecniques (Clinton Anderson). I then went and tried out these new techniques on him...mainly moving his hindquarters. He took a little gentle coaxing with the lunge whip to do it correctly, but he got the idea down at least. I tried trotting while leading and he wouldn't so I lunged him a little around and got him to trot, stop, and change directions. He got a little smart with me, but I made him do what I wanted him to do, and didn't let him get away with anything. I didn't try riding him yet.

    I plan on hopefully getting a trainer out to ride him and see how he responds. Until then, the plan is I'll work with him consistently doing all this groundwork, and if he still has issues, then I'll try riding him with a whip.
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