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    05-26-2011, 05:24 PM
  #1
Foal
Exclamation Mare pushes us while leading and steps on feet?

First of all hello to everyone I'm def. New here and new to horse training as well.
I just got a new horse a few days ago, I was told she was 5 yrs old, green broke and broke to lead, well the horse seems and looks alot younger than 5 and she's not so good on a lead rope at all. She is a Tennessee Walker and 15hh..

She walks us right out of the path while leading her and cuts in front of us and she really steps on our feet alot. I also have some rope burn on my hands as she like to pull and do what ever when I have her out walking her or letting her eat grass..

My mother always had horse while we were growing up and she broke them but now she's disabled and not much help. I have tried reading up for tips and help and even searched for videos on training them but not alot of luck so far.

I've tried nugging her and showing her back in her lane so to speak but she keeps doing it..

I'd really appreciate any tips, input, or advice!

Thanks
Amanda
     
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    05-26-2011, 05:32 PM
  #2
Started
In my opinion (for whatever that's worth, lol!!) if you're new to horse training, you should have purchased a horse a little older, say 10-ish, and with a little more training. That would allow you to develop your skills without the hassles of a young and disrespectful horse.

With that said, I would recommend training videos by Clinton Anderson. I've had a lot of success with his methods. Plus, he's no nonsense and tells you like it is! They are expensive, so I rent them and others from giddyupflix.com. You're lucky, there's a lot of other people on here that can give good advice, too. One more thing, you gotta post some photos!!! PLEASE???
     
    05-26-2011, 05:43 PM
  #3
Foal
Oh ok sorry, yeah if I can figure out how I'll get some pics up of her..
Yeah I know what you are saying but they said she was broke to lead ect..
And it was a birthday gift actually she was saved from going to the meat market so we all thought it was a good thing.. She is not mean at all, she seems sweet you can brush her down, left her feet, she don't bite kick or buck.
She just needs to stop pushing and stepping on feet. To be honest she seems like a little kid and don't even know she is doing it.
     
    05-26-2011, 05:58 PM
  #4
Foal
Oh and we know she is underweight, she has actually gained some since we've got her, but still needs to fill out alot more..

Anyway back to the age thing, they said she was 5 yrs old but she has little tiny teeth, her tail and mane isn't very long and she is very well clumsy I guess she don't pay attention she stumbles on everything, trips on rocks or a stick ect..








     
    05-26-2011, 06:15 PM
  #5
Started
She is a cutie, good luck with her training. You can learn a lot form books and videos, but if you can find a trainer that's willing to give you pointers and tips that would be great.
     
    05-26-2011, 06:37 PM
  #6
Started
Ya I'd put her as 3-4 max. Or she's just taking her time to grow up lol. :P
     
    05-26-2011, 06:58 PM
  #7
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Get a rope halter for her first of all. This will give her less to lean on and give you more control. When you back her off, if she is crowding you, make it strong enough that it makes a real impression on her. You are probably being too nice, so she is not remembering the rules. Do it big and with a good flip of the line and don't stop until you get a big response from her. Then, if she starts to crowd, don't wait until she is really crowding; reprimand her when she is just beginning to go beyond the respectful place, and you won't have to do so much.
     
    05-26-2011, 10:26 PM
  #8
Yearling
^ To add to that, sometimes you need to be a little mean before you can be nice. Your horse is probably getting used to you nagging at her and she knows she can just ignore you (or she simply does not understand, which would call for a whole different approach). So correct her firmly and the second she does the tiniest bit of what you are asking of her, be the nicest person to her. She'll figure out that her life is fine and dandy if she listens to you and pretty miserable when she doesn't.

Don't let her pop your bubble!
     
    05-27-2011, 01:01 AM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Get a rope halter for her first of all. This will give her less to lean on and give you more control. When you back her off, if she is crowding you, make it strong enough that it makes a real impression on her. You are probably being too nice, so she is not remembering the rules. Do it big and with a good flip of the line and don't stop until you get a big response from her. Then, if she starts to crowd, don't wait until she is really crowding; reprimand her when she is just beginning to go beyond the respectful place, and you won't have to do so much.

I don't understand.. "make it strong enough that it makes a real impression on her"??? Yeah maybe I am, but she is bigger than me lol, she just pushes me out of the way I wish I was stronger. What do you mean flip the line?

And yes IslandWave I do get rude and loud with her, she just looks at me and keeps going, it's hard for me to be mean lol..
     
    05-27-2011, 01:30 AM
  #10
Foal
Flip the line means jerk it HARD a few times.
After she has learned to walk on the lead, if she is still crowding you and stepping on you, here is a tip I would use this as a last resort as I have only tested it once:
So I had a 17hh overo mare that was constantly intruding and bumping into me and stepping on me. I go so sick of it one day. I took her into an arena, then I walked around and then come to a fast STOP (not a stop one more step, a STOP) and if the horse bumps you hard or steps on you, turn around fast and give her a kick on the leg, Not like abusive, but enough to get her attention and make her think "ouch I don't like that." Horses tend to respond to pain, but pain should be used as a last resort. If you were sitting on a horse and it began bucking, you should whip it but again not abusive, the horse will definitely respond to that. Do that walk stop kick thing a few times and TRUST me the horse will be trying it hardest to stay away from your bubble, and it will have its full attention on you. Now the horse may also rear and fight a bit after the kick, so wear gloves when you do this.
     

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