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post #1 of 9 Old 09-24-2010, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Okay so I take Buzz for walks some time :P I am that cool haha.
Anyway he is usually relaxed and walks by my side but sometimes he gets a bit energic and starts trotting.
Now would I (a) Make him trot like in a little circle for a little bit
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(b) make him stop and stand still for awhile

Also when I am standing still sometimes because I come across some people and I usually like to have a chat, Buzz is very annoying and doesn't stay still.
What would I do then?
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-25-2010, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-25-2010, 05:18 AM
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I would back him for everystep he takes forward. If he wants to move, let him. But make him move more. Eventually, he will want to stand still.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-25-2010, 05:20 AM
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Also when I am standing still sometimes because I come across some people and I usually like to have a chat, Buzz is very annoying and doesn't stay still.
What would I do then?
This is typically a patience issue with the horse. When you're at the barn, does he stay still when tied? If he won't stay still tied without starting to move around and/or pawing, that's where I would start.

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post #5 of 9 Old 09-25-2010, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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he does stay still when I tie him, and at the place where he lives and I take him for a walk around the paddock I can stop and he will stand there for however long.
Its just when I lead him outside the paddock.
He is also fine when I take him places and just tie him up go go stand for ages, its just going for walks really
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he does stay still when I tie him, and at the place where he lives and I take him for a walk around the paddock I can stop and he will stand there for however long.
Its just when I lead him outside the paddock.
He is also fine when I take him places and just tie him up go go stand for ages, its just going for walks really
Good, so this is really just learning to lead correctly in a different environment/situation (outside the paddock) that may be more exciting (or new or uncomfortable) to him. I would approach this just like you were starting from scratch teaching a horse to lead. Keep him on a short lead to start and practice walk, stop, walk, stop, turn, back, stand, etc. etc. Reward (however you choose to) every correct action as well as keeping his head down and relaxing.
Patience and practice like everything else. Your horse will learn that leading is leading, regardless of where you are.
BTW, I often see this in horses when folks walk them in hand in 'busy' places like roads, neighborhoods, etc.

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post #7 of 9 Old 09-25-2010, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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okay so its just a matter of patience and he will get better, that's good :)
Thanks PaintHorseMares
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With Tango/Lily, whenever they start walking energetically or barging past my shoulder, I stop and back them up. It only ever takes a few minutes for them to realize that if they walk past me, they have to do work.


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Yup yup, totally agree with the backing up thing. Works wonders. Just keep in mind that when you're chatting with your buddies, you are not focused on him and therefor he probably isn't focused on you. Just encourage him to eat grass, if it's available, and if not then keep patting him or paying some amount of attention to him. Is he typically energetic? I know some horses that will stand there and practically fall asleep, but those energetic ones want to run in circles around you and nip at your heels and untie your shoes and slobber on you (speaking from experience...:]). Just be patient with him and he will gladly return the favor. ;]
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