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    09-08-2008, 01:54 AM
  #1
Foal
horse wont trot when im leading him

Hi everyone I havent introduced myself yet I will a bit later, but for now I have a problem, my ottb is great, he's 6 and he does exactly what I ask when im in the saddle but when im leading him, he wont trot while I jog?
     
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    09-08-2008, 02:12 AM
  #2
Showing
- Get a dressage whip and carry it beside you, and tap him on the side as you ask him to "trot up."
Or
- Teach him to respond to verbal commands on the lunge line.
Or
- Get someone to encourage him on from a safe distance behind him; clap, yell, etc.
     
    09-08-2008, 09:13 AM
  #3
Weanling
I was about to suggest the dressage whip too JDI! Alternatively, you could flick him with the end of the rope if he doesn't trot like you ask.
     
    09-08-2008, 12:09 PM
  #4
Foal
Dressage whip should work, just don't get into the habit of just pulling him along, cos that can prob make things worse.
     
    09-08-2008, 12:29 PM
  #5
Trained
It may be a ground manners issue. Like he has been taught to NOT trot in hand. (I'm not a trainer just giving up food for thought)

I wonder if he feels you are too close to him...are you giving him enough line so that he can move freely and not worry about stepping on you? Are you jogging fast enough for him to get into his pace?

Can you get him to trot with verbal commands only on the lunge line or from the saddle?

There is a deeper issue here other than just plain refusal. Maybe think out of the box. Sorry I wasn't able to give you a magic answer.
     
    09-08-2008, 03:39 PM
  #6
Foal
I had to teach my 4 yr old this, as well. He knew the vocal command "trot" from lunging, but didn't get the concept in head. I used a long lead rope, and while jogging forward I would give the trot command and swing the lead rope behind me to tap his butt. Be aware he might not get it at first! My gelding first jumped sideways. With repeated attempts in a row, he got the idea that the command plus me jogging equals him trotting. Once he starting trotting - lots of praise! Took about 5 times of this and he nailed it.

Good luck!
     
    09-08-2008, 05:30 PM
  #7
Foal
Yay I was also thinking along the lines of the others! Verbal commands may have been lacking in his career so far. Work with the verbal commands on the lunge & lead line. Manners & maybe a lack of connection or trust may be a small factor too, I don't know. I wish you the best of luck & let us know how you make out.
     
    09-08-2008, 09:12 PM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by magik416
I had to teach my 4 yr old this, as well. He knew the vocal command "trot" from lunging, but didn't get the concept in head. I used a long lead rope, and while jogging forward I would give the trot command and swing the lead rope behind me to tap his butt. Be aware he might not get it at first! My gelding first jumped sideways. With repeated attempts in a row, he got the idea that the command plus me jogging equals him trotting. Once he starting trotting - lots of praise! Took about 5 times of this and he nailed it.

Good luck!
i just tried this, worked 2nd time, and yes the first time he almost jumped out of his skin and made a funny noise :) was pretty funny to watch actually hehe but the 2nd time he went forward instead of sideways and then everytime after was perfect!!

Thanks guys!!
     
    09-09-2008, 11:34 AM
  #9
Trained
Cool! Glad you got it!!!
     

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