I need help training a "go" cue

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        07-02-2011, 10:26 PM
    I need help training a "go" cue

    I bought my horse last week and I will be bringing him home this week. I rode him and he is very well trained as far as neck reining and everything except a go cue when we are by ourselves. He responds to let cues very well when we are riding with other horses around, when it is just me and him he isn't responding to anything. He was a rescue so we don't know his history or how he was trained. He is much better with a saddle on at responding, when I get on him bareback he doesn't respond to leg pressure, clicky noises, verbal commands (all of which he responds to when trail riding with other horses). Can anyone give me some tips he is sweet and VERY well mannered its just that one thing that has me stumped since he does it when riding with other people and their horses.

    Thank you!
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        07-02-2011, 10:49 PM
    Does a whip or a crack with the reins on the shoulder work? Sounds like you are maybe not being assertive enough.
        07-02-2011, 10:59 PM
    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    does a whip or a crack with the reins on the shoulder work? Sounds like you are maybe not being assertive enough.
    The crack with the reins does work I haven't tried the whip yet, that's my next step but I wanted to make sure I was headed in the right direction. My friend rides in mounted patrol for the sheriffs dept. And when I ride her horses they are so stubborn with me and she always says I can't kick hard enough with my "little peewee legs" lol I just wanted to make sure that's the next step I should head is to see what a riding crop does and tap him on the butt. :)

    Thank you :)
        07-02-2011, 11:20 PM
    I have peewee legs too, I am peewee all over and skinny as a rake, but your horse needs to listen to you, if it is not it will only get worse as the horse is sizing up who is the boss. I don't mean beat it with a whip, use as little force as is needed. Try a gentle tap first, then a whap before a whallop.
        07-02-2011, 11:23 PM
    Ok I will try it and see how it goes and let you know :) I just hate I don't have any history on how he was trained and it makes him more confused because I can't figure out his cues. I have had to use a whip before on other horses, I will see how it works on him :) Thank you so much for your great advice!
        07-02-2011, 11:57 PM
    No problem. I think it is more confusing to a horse if you are unsure what to do. Decide on your rules and be consistent with them, it is the best thing to do.

    Think of being in high school, every teacher you have lets you get away with different things, some are stricter some don't care. But you adapt and change to them, they don't change, as you know what you can and cannot get away with in each class. I am trying to express that it does not matter what your horses history is, he will adapt to you and your rules.

    What is not fair is when you go to the easy going history teacher and she flips out for nothing. Same is true when working with a horse, be consistent, be fair, do not keep changing the rules.
        07-04-2011, 10:08 AM
    I always start with a soft leg, then medium leg, then hard leg. If they havent moved by then ONE cluck. If they still havent moved, use the crop/whip until they do. This way they learn a progression. All my horses will leap into a canter if they hear me cluck.
        07-04-2011, 10:36 AM
    When using the crop make repetitive taps until he moves, even an inch, then stop the tapping for 10 or so seconds. Ask again with your seat and legs then tap with the crop. He is learning that by moving, that annoying tapping stops. No need to whack him, just keep up the repititions.
        07-04-2011, 10:52 AM
    When we are by ourselves and Savanna balks, I circle her - kick kick, kiss kiss, as soon as she takes a step forward I remove the pressure. If she stops, I repeat. So far I have not been unable to move her past an obstacle she's spooked at. Sometimes she'll balk coming out of the barn or going toward an area she knows means work - I do the same thing and it really seems to work.
        07-04-2011, 01:04 PM
    I second the whip and the circles.

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