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    07-15-2012, 03:09 PM
Horse wont move forward when under saddle

I first want to say sorry its so long I'm new to horses and my boyfriend is getting very frustrated with Spirit" Hi, me and my boyfriend have a horse named Spirit. He is a 5 year old gelding and we have had him for a few months now. He is broke to ride. Before we bought him we rode him and he was just fine and listened really well. But now that we got him back to the ranch when under saddle he just doesn't want to move forward. We have put him in a hackamore and a few other kinds of bits but nothing really changes. We use leg pressure and also try to use a crop whip to bug him with by tapping him but nothing to seems to work. When we rode him before we bought him we rode him in a field but now we are riding him in a round pen. (we want to feel comfortable riding him before we take him out of the round pen, one because there is 5 other horse in the field with him and two because we can't get him to go forward so we can't practice stopping lol) I was hoping someone might have an idea of how to get him to go. A little info about Spirit that might help; we bought Spirit from a guy who was very mean and ruff with him and we want to train the horse with trust and not be mean. Also just my boyfriend has been riding him so could he have a thing against men because of his last owner? I am very new to riding horses so my boyfriend doesn't want me to ride Spirit tell we know why he is acting so weird. Also if it helps Spirit isn't the highest or lowest on the pecking order at the ranch.
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    07-15-2012, 03:41 PM
Depending on how big the round pen is, it may be too small for the horse to understand that it CAN move forward and be ridden in it. Try lunging first.
    07-15-2012, 07:29 PM
Give him a choice. Move forward or circle. If he refuses to move forward, pull one rein or the other and hold it in that position until he moves, he will move eventually if his head is cranked to the side. Release, tell him he's brilliant. Walk a few steps, halt and do it again.
    07-18-2012, 12:32 PM
Well, first thing to check is saddle fit. If the saddle doesn't fit, it hurts him, and if it hurts him, he's not going to move. Not many people actually know how to fit a saddle properly, so please put the saddle on him (if it's english, don't put the pad on. If it's western, use the pad) and take photos. We don't need the girth on, though you can put the girth on for a FEW photos if you'd like.
We need a full side view (don't stand at an angle), and then we want a view of his shoulder (to see how the front edge fits his shoulder but DON'T get too close. We need to see most of the front of the horse in order to figure out how it sits). And then we want a back view (stand LEVEL with the saddle, same height). A front view would be nice as well, if you can get it.
Post those and we can help you decide if the saddle fits.
Then look at the bridle. If few people know how to fit a saddle correctly, even fewer people can fit a bridle properly. Some pics of the bridle on him would be nice.

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