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    03-27-2011, 11:31 PM
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Foal
My horse is barn sour

When we ride alone he gets half way down the street and wants to turn around. I will make him do circles and he will go a few feet and stop. He just backs up. What can I do without getting him a trainer? As soon as any horse comes around he is perfectly fine. Listens great and is down for anything. I'm thinking of making him do work at the barn too. So he knows he has to work regardless. He hates the arena so I'm going to work him in there non stop for a while. Any other suggestions? He catches on very quick
     
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    03-29-2011, 10:18 AM
  #2
Foal
Yes make him work at the barn, then you can use trail rides as a "reward" while your not really resting him, you're just taking the work down a notch. He needs to think it is fun to leave the barn not work.
     
    03-29-2011, 10:39 AM
  #3
Foal
I've dealt with plenty of barn sour horses. It depends really on their personality, how smart they are etc, but I find that the best solution to being barn sour is this:

Ride him out as far as he will go, when he starts to act up do exactly what you have been (turn him in tight circles, ask him to move out, etc) and if he just gives you too much trouble, go ahead and turn back home. Instead of taking him b-line for the barn, make him work a bit on the way back. If you have an arena or roundpen at the stable, work him as soon as you get back.

We had a gelding who was awful about trying to turn home and it got to the point where we couldn't get down the street either. I brought him back and took him into the round pen immediately for over an hour and worked him until he was dripping sweat and his head was hanging low.

This might sound cruel, but I worked him just like any other time except a bit harder and a bit longer. All natural horsemanship, made him lounge and Join Up etc, but we did it until he couldn't do it any longer. The next day we took him out on the trail and he didn't try turning back once. He figured out that going home before we were ready meant being worked and he just doesn't like the idea now. Give it a shot, obviously don't be aggressive or annoyed with him because then you will both just get frustrated. He will figure it out and I think you might see a difference :)
     
    03-29-2011, 11:33 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by APHAforlife    
I've dealt with plenty of barn sour horses. It depends really on their personality, how smart they are etc, but I find that the best solution to being barn sour is this:

Ride him out as far as he will go, when he starts to act up do exactly what you have been (turn him in tight circles, ask him to move out, etc) and if he just gives you too much trouble, go ahead and turn back home. Instead of taking him b-line for the barn, make him work a bit on the way back. If you have an arena or roundpen at the stable, work him as soon as you get back.

We had a gelding who was awful about trying to turn home and it got to the point where we couldn't get down the street either. I brought him back and took him into the round pen immediately for over an hour and worked him until he was dripping sweat and his head was hanging low.

This might sound cruel, but I worked him just like any other time except a bit harder and a bit longer. All natural horsemanship, made him lounge and Join Up etc, but we did it until he couldn't do it any longer. The next day we took him out on the trail and he didn't try turning back once. He figured out that going home before we were ready meant being worked and he just doesn't like the idea now. Give it a shot, obviously don't be aggressive or annoyed with him because then you will both just get frustrated. He will figure it out and I think you might see a difference :)
Thanks for the help!! I will work him in his barn arena. That's his comfort zone. I'm going to work him very very hard. Then the next time we go out, if he tries to turn around, we can go back but I will do what you did and put him in the arena or inthe barn arena. He HATES the arena and refuses to go anywhere except the gate lol
     
    03-29-2011, 11:40 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by touchofsleep    
Thanks for the help!! I will work him in his barn arena. That's his comfort zone. I'm going to work him very very hard. Then the next time we go out, if he tries to turn around, we can go back but I will do what you did and put him in the arena or inthe barn arena. He HATES the arena and refuses to go anywhere except the gate lol
Haha sounds good. Give it a shot. If he really hates the arena, perhaps he will learn to behave himself in there after being pushed and worked so that he doesn't have to continue. Update and let me know how he is doing for you :)
     
    03-29-2011, 11:46 PM
  #6
Weanling
My horse did this I sent her out for a rest for a while you know so she can be a horse again I brought her back and she was good as gold
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    03-30-2011, 12:32 AM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by APHAforlife    
Haha sounds good. Give it a shot. If he really hates the arena, perhaps he will learn to behave himself in there after being pushed and worked so that he doesn't have to continue. Update and let me know how he is doing for you :)
Absolutely. He is a horse of someone else and I took on the challenge for her because no one could ride him. He is very stubborn and it was hard to even get him out of the yard. I'm pretty sure she is going to give him to me because I am the only one he will "listen" to. I'm excited about that... I did get injured very bad on him a few weeks ago, but it was a freak accident that wasn't his fault. Really my own stupidity. I'm a little traumatized from it and it is hard for me to even canter now in any area I am not familiar with.. There is something about him that keeps me coming back!
     

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