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post #11 of 13 Old 07-13-2010, 04:02 PM
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I would suggest getting a proper lunge whip. You can't really hurt them with it unless you decide to beat them, wich I'm sure you won't. If you are using a round pen then the first step is to get him moving out, which you will never do unless you have a whip of some sort. What you discribed probably won't work until you have his respect. The key to lunge whips is that you can make a great amount of noise without actually hitting them, if they don't respond to the noise then you lay it on them and if they don't respond to that then you give them a tap, then a wack.

Also when you are leading if you have a crop to reinforce your commands that really helps. You have to understand that if he was left for his first year and not peopled then he doesn't know to respect you. You must show him. Is he out with other horses? If not I would definitly put other older horses out with him. They can teach lessons in minutes that would take you months.

The only other thing I could suggest is finding a trainer that will come and do "lessons" with both of you. Get them to help you out in a lesson situation...this way you aren't paying the big money to get him trained but you still get the help of the trainer.

Good luck and hope everything works out for you both.
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-14-2010, 04:53 AM
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I agree with Silvera, I would carry a crop at all times when training him as he is obviously not listening to just your body, he probably doesn't even know how to. Use a lunge whip to get him moving in a round pen and don't be soft about it, you don't have to hit him, just smack it on the ground next to him to get him moving then hold it towards his hindquarters to keep him going, make him change directions and back up, of of which teahces him that you are in control of what he does. Pat him when he does the right thing but be very firm when he does the wrong thing. I find that backing up is a great form of discipline. if my horse gets veen the slightest out of line I back her up 10-20 steps until she drops her head, if she wont back from my body and voice alone I tap her legs with a crop until she does.

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post #13 of 13 Old 07-14-2010, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys. I really appreciate all the great advice. I do want to get a trainer as soon as I can, for the both of us but it may not be until fall when he winters at my uncle's barn. I guess I really do need a proper crop or lunge whip and no more mrs. nice girl! ;)
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