07-15-2009, 02:09 AM
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Thats how I started. I worked with Angel, who bucked every time you told her to canter and wouldnt trot without throwing her head in the air. Now she's a western pleasure show horse & lesson horse. It takes a lot of patience and firm dominance. You can't take ANY crap. If the horse does ANYTHING you don't tell him to, make him think it was the worst thing he could do. Now I don't mean if the horse picks up the wrong lead you shoot him, I mean, for example, if he walks into your personal space and gets pushy, shoo him away dramatically; stomp towards him and shake the lead rope, swing it, do whatever to make him back off. Then do exercises where you disengage his front and back ends. Basically always have them listening to you. Even if you're just holding him. Don't let him graze. If he tries to graze, shake the lead rope until his head goes back up; then, rub his forehead and make him drop his head. Wich brings me to my last thing: dropping the head. If you can get a horse to drop their head and submit, they'll usually cooperate. Even the goofiest of horses can mellow out if you get their head low.