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    10-26-2013, 12:39 PM
Horse won't stop jigging back to barn

My horse starts jigging and getting faster as we head back to the barn......up until a few weeks ago I thought it was because she was buddy sour, but I have since gotten rid of the buddy. How can I stop this, I'm reluctant to ride him because it is such a fight every time we head home.
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    10-26-2013, 12:49 PM
The horse has learned that when you get back to the barn its the end of work. Change your routine. Come back to the barn and then go out again. A few times on the next few rides and then at least once on every ride for a while. Then just from time to time or whenever you feel like it.

Another one: she wants to go faster back to the barn? OK, so she can part way, then turn her around and make her go faster away from the barn. Repeat ad nauseam until she settles down. You don't need to go all the way back to the barn necessarily - change up the distance on every repeat.
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    10-26-2013, 05:53 PM
Or go out then back to the barn and work. Basically make it so that barn does not equal rest
    10-26-2013, 10:34 PM
My gelding every spring has the want to hurry home routine and I hate nothing more then a jigging horse. When he gets into jigging and wanting to go fast, I turn him around and we go back out to ride some more.

When we get home he doesnt get unsaddled and turned out to eat and rest. He gets to work some more then spend 3 hours tied up with saddle on. Depending on how he did on the way home he might get unsaddled, or he goes back out on trails to work more.

Even now I never come home from riding and unsaddle and turn back out.....coming home means standing tied saddled for 2to 3 hours. Sometime we go back out to ride for 3 more hours too so he never knows whats going to happen.
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    10-27-2013, 02:54 PM
Spirit, I'm assuming that when you leave your horse tied for 2 - 3 hours, you are there to keep watch? I don't see any point to leaving a horse tied that long if he already knows how to stand tied.
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    10-27-2013, 03:31 PM
Tying the horse for hours might satisfy you but it doesn't teach the horse anything about trying to hurry home. When tied he's not working but idling and he may see that as a reward for hurrying home. Horses that hurry home need to have their buns worked hard with lots of figure eights so that he's doing lots of turning each direction until he's puffing hard then ridden away and allowed to rest. If he decided he's going home again, rework him and ride off again and allow rest. Most catch on after the second time but some need a third.
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    10-27-2013, 03:38 PM
Sock tried that twice. I allowed him to run back to the barn as fast as he pleased-but in TINY little circles! The first time he did it almost all the way back to the barn, but finally exhausted himself and was really good for the last few hundred feet. The second time only took a few circles before he got fed up and figured it out. Often times he'll walk just a little faster towards home, but I've never again had a problem with him jigging!
    10-27-2013, 08:56 PM
For one tieing my horse for hours isnt a punishment for hurrying back. He wants to hurry back he just gets worked even harder. By the time we head home he's walking calmly and quite.

My horses are working horses they are riden 6 days a week all summer,spring,fall. They are riden 4 to 5 hours a day and being tied up is part of their life. We camp and they sometimes spend a week being tied to trailer.

Never had the hurry back issue this year so what I do must work. When I tie my horses I know they will stand and still be there hours later. If you guys have an issue with how long my horses get tied for well your horses are just fine with their being tied up. Don't have tieing issue either so guess it hasnt killed them yet either...
    10-28-2013, 06:03 PM
Spirit, I was just asking about it because I got the impression that the being tied was part of a training routine, not the horses regular daily routine because of their work. What you posted above makes more sense now.
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    10-28-2013, 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by spirit88    
For one tieing my horse for hours isnt a punishment for hurrying back.
So what was the point of you telling that here, in this thread?? It appears that you were telling it as advice to OP, so don't get upset about people taking it that way.

My horses are working horses they are riden 6 days a week all summer,spring,fall. They are riden 4 to 5 hours a day...
Sometimes spend a week being tied to trailer.
Oh I didn't know they were working horses or ridden that hard. Spending a week tied to a trailer is a not very good practice you may want to reconsider. There are such things as portable yards.

Anyway, back to OP... Horses live in the moment, training-wise, and I don't really agree with the concept of bringing them back & asking them to work more, for previous 'misdemeanors' for that, among other reasons. I also don't want the horse to think of 'work' as punishment at all anyway. & often & depending on the reasons for the 'bad' behaviour, (further) punishment at home is still worth being at home for, so won't change the behaviour.

Horses frequently aren't happy to be 'worked' and don't feel secure about leaving their safe environment & 'herd' with a human they may not feel secure with. I'd work on changing that attitude, rather thanjust adding more 'punishment'.

You 'got rid' of his buddy? So he now lives alone? I'd rectify that situation, because, aside from other reasons, he will be more generally stressed living alone, which will 'rub off' on everything else.

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