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        09-20-2010, 01:21 PM
    Originally Posted by twogeldings    
    Have you tried the plastic bag method? I.e, make her so darned uncomfortable she WANTS to move?

    I ask nicely first, then progressively make them more uncomfortable. Crack the whip, if she doesn't go. Crack it again. Still nothing? Bring out the bag. Shake it behind her rump. Unless she's very well broke as far as 'spooky objects' go, it's a pretty sure fire way to get her moving.
    She is very easily spooked, that's why I was surprised when I cracked the whip and she only tensed a bit instead of starting to run like she used to. I don't want to scare her into moving as much I want her to listen to my commands, but it may be the only way to get her started moving, at least. Thanks for the ideas!
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        09-21-2010, 05:21 AM
    I have no idea if this will help but this is what I did with my mare when she decided, all of a sudden, to be stubborn on the one rein lunging where she would just face me/stay close to me/back away from me when I tried to get her to move on. I put my arm out (I had a lunge line attached but it could work without one) in the direction I wanted her to go - gesturing with the lunge line but not pulling her at all. And then I began to walk towards her, flicking the lunge whip (I didn't crack it as my horse is terrified of that sound). At first she started backing up and looking a bit nervous but I kept at it, approaching and flicking the whip while gesturing where I want her to go and eventually she began to move forward. The moment she did I released the pressure and let her go. It took about 3 times for her to get it and since then she doesnt have a problem going around in that direction anyway. The trick is to keep 'up-ing' the pressure until she moves and to keep calm, even if she does get a little nervous, she'll soon learn that if she moves forward, the thing she's scared of moves away.

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