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post #1 of 5 Old 06-28-2007, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Mare not moveing forward

Ok i have a litle problem. I have a 3 year old Walking Horse mare that I have been trying to break. She is doing good under saddle in the round pen. I lunge her both ways. has all the ground work done. Takes the rider just fine. Can be lead all day on her nothing. Here is my problem. SHE WONT move. I can convince her to move forward for nothing. U can ask her and coax her and be nice or be mean and spur her and whip her. She swells up and wont do anything. She will stand statue still. I cannot even line drive her. I dont want to do much hitting with a whip being behind her but i dont know how to make her move with rider on her back. I can lead her all day but you let her go with a rider and she acts like she dont know what to do. She knows the clucking sound from ground but she wont do it on her back. ANY suggestions??? I cannot figure out how to make her move. I bought her because she has a GREAT bloodline and a BEAUTIFUL movement at liberty. She i nicely build too. I just dont know what to do. Im almost at the end of my rope and want to say just breed her but she has the potential to become a good show horse im SURE. Just not sure how to get her to move forward.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-28-2007, 12:19 AM
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Have you tried having someone on her back while someone else is on the ground coaxing her forward? We do this when we first teach a horse to move forward with someone on their back telling them to do something while the person they are familiar with making them move on the ground. Just ride on top of her like shes just any old horse and ask her to walk then have someone else coax her to move forward on the ground like shes use to then work up to the trot and so on.
Hope I could Help Let me know if that works
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-28-2007, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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yes i have done that. I had a friend get on her hat weight next to nothing like she couldnt feel her maybe it would work and me lunge her didnt work. maybe partically because she was scared of my unbroke mare because she is about 15.3. i dont really have too many people around here that will ride with me. thats why i have to do all my training by myself. sucks I will try it again. any other suggestions?
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-28-2007, 12:46 AM
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Its kind of hard to give ideas that dont have two people if you can get someone else to ride with you have them pony you on her. one way I got a gelding to walk was I was on the ground on his side and popped the stirrups on his side to make him move forward. It was kind of hard but I was the only one there and had to ger him use to the kicking before I put my life on the line. being in the ground is a good way to get her use to the kicking while you still have a familiar way of getting her to move forward. another thing you can try is shushing at her to make her move. its a wired nise for her to hear and can kind of way to get her to move forward. Eventually she'll learn that if she goes forward you wont aggitate her by kicking
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-28-2007, 09:17 AM
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Your horse, if like mine at all, is probably worried she's doing something wrong, and all she's doing is trying to please you, but freezes up because she's unsure if what she's about to do is right. The best way to fix it, is to put someone on her back, and lead her around. Don't lunge first, just lead around. If you have to, coax her with food or something she likes to get her moving, and keep her moving. Practice stopping and walking again over and over. I can guarantee that eventually she will move right off. That is when you can start lunging. Lunge her with the same person on her back. It will take lots of time, but eventually she will be used to it, and you can probably then get on her back. Make sure that the person that is riding her is a very confident rider, maybe someone who's trained before. If the rider is uneasy, I can guarantee your horse won't budge. Hope this helps! :) Good luck!
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