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  • Horse is very cinchy & refuses to go forward
  • horse wont walk forward

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    11-30-2012, 07:38 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by tiffanyodonnell    
Crest Ridge Saddles has lots of information on checking saddle fit for a western saddle and how to make a back map.

Checking Saddle Fit

How does your horse do bareback?

Have you ever tried warming the horse up and stretching him/her out a little before you ride? I have a horse that has a cold back and I can tell if she is tight, especially if her tail is crooked. If I warm her up and stretch her, she does much better. She is only 14 and has beautiful conformation but her back troubles her. If her back is hurting, she is cinchy and grouchy. If I stretch her and warm her, she is a princess!

If it is not an issue of pain, you may have a horse who is barn/buddy/work sour. I have a sweet Appy gelding that tried balking a few times with me. I worked hard to start my cues as light as possible and got more firm as needed, with the "squeeze, cluck, spank," but he still wouldn't go. When I spanked him on his butt, he would buck, and it seemed to make him more sour. So I switched to spanking him behind my calf as I had read somewhere. Still wouldn't move, although he didn't buck.

I did not feel good just spanking and spanking, so I got down off his back and lunged him, changing directions frequently and working until he was more responsive. He was a stinker at first, staring stubbornly at me and kicking out in the air. But he had no choice but to move on the ground, and I was safely out of his reach.

I lunged him for a minute or two until he was moving quickly off my directions, and licking and chewing. Then I got back on him and cued him forward. The first couple times we went through this, I had to get off and lunge him 3 times during my ride. Now, he is fine. He will try it on someone else if he thinks they will fall for his tricks.

Horses can be complicated critters...
what kind of warm up do you mean? I do warm ups under saddle like walking and circles
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    11-30-2012, 11:36 AM
  #22
Foal
I have two front cavallo boots
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    11-30-2012, 06:23 PM
  #23
Showing
We are always in a hurry. Have you thought about just sitting and maybe counting the boards in the arena when he decides not to move? Just wait him out. He'll learn this isn't what he had in mind.
     
    11-30-2012, 07:19 PM
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We are always in a hurry. Have you thought about just sitting and maybe counting the boards in the arena when he decides not to move? Just wait him out. He'll learn this isn't what he had in mind.
i will try that in the arena when he is better. But I don't think this would work as well on the trail.
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    12-01-2012, 10:31 AM
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Yearling
For warm ups its nothing complicated. I walk her in the ground, flex her neck, yield her front and hind, lunge her left and right. For stretches I gently pull each leg low and forward, and on back legs low and toward her middle.

When your horse refuses, does he stomp his feet or switch his tail? Is he cinchy?
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    12-01-2012, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by tiffanyodonnell    
For warm ups its nothing complicated. I walk her in the ground, flex her neck, yield her front and hind, lunge her left and right. For stretches I gently pull each leg low and forward, and on back legs low and toward her middle.

When your horse refuses, does he stomp his feet or switch his tail? Is he cinchy?
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he swishes his tail and sometimes kicks out with his back foot. He is not cinchy at all.
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    12-01-2012, 01:25 PM
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You absolutely do need to eliminate any pain issues first - saddle, feet & teeth because there do seem to be issues with all of those things
If none of that helps then I would say the horse is just playing you - he basically can't be bothered to work, doesnt want to work and figures he can get away with it by going through all this routine you describe
     
    12-01-2012, 03:01 PM
  #28
Foal
He is loosing teeth now so I think I will just give him a break and let him be a horse for the winter. Thank you all very much for the replies and I will get a vet out as soon as I can just for a check up, and to look at his teeth.
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