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post #21 of 24 Old 08-21-2009, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not focused on riding right now at all, groundwork is first and if I'm not being successful there I know I won't be successful in the saddle either. I will jump up there bareback to work on my balance and have saddled him up a handful of times, but it's not the norm for us right now as I'm just focused on gaining respect and trust on the ground.

Let me clear up the trot issue. Milo has one mode of movement and that is to walk, unless of course he's on the lower pasture and he thinks I have a treat, then he runs rather smoothly up to me so I know he's got it in him...LOL. On the lunge line I can get him to do absolutely nothing but walk. In the saddle or bareback I can get him to a canter rather easily, just not on the ground. I don't resort to fear or pain tactics to move him.

As for the incredibly bad attitude and ear pinning at me today...well... better eyes (and hands) than mine checked it out and Milo exhibited the same behavior while just on the lead line walking. After a thorough look over it turns out that he is severely sore on one side in the rib area as well as a knot in his neck. So for the next few days at least the only thing we are going to focus on is TLC.

While I feel bad that he is sore, I am thankful for the learning experience.
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post #22 of 24 Old 08-22-2009, 07:25 AM
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After he is over being sore I would put him in a round pen ideally but you could use a line and ask for a trot and if he didn't give it I'd spank him on the butt if I had to to get it. It's not abuse and he won't hate you(horses don't hate)if you refuse to be ignored. If you were speaking to me and I ignored you, you would increase the intensity until I acknowledged you. Do the same with your horse. REFUSE to be ignored even if you have to be alittle physical.
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post #23 of 24 Old 08-22-2009, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Oh I'll give a smack from time to time, trust me, I know a smack isn't going to hurt, but it will gain attention. I just really dislike having to go that far, hopefully with time I won't have to! I'm the type of person that apologizes to the fly I just swatted, sad I know...LOL. Most horses will move away from pressure, he just blinks and keeps his eyes half shut in a very relaxed manor. I don't phaze him at all for the most part. Kind of amusing to watch actually, I get all animated and he just stands there like "yer an idiot you know that right?"
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post #24 of 24 Old 08-23-2009, 01:58 AM
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It's not pressure if he isn't responding to it. You've desensitized him to everything but getting hit. That's not doing him any favors. When I get horses from clients I generally have to be much harsher to get any response because the owners didn't want to be "mean". I didn't want to be mean either but the horse needed it before he could start getting soft again.
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