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  • What to do when my 2yr old gelding wont go forward when riding him
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    12-13-2012, 02:04 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by cassidilla    
So I have a horse and he is green and hasn't been ridden in a couple months he isn't my horse I'm just working with him and he walks like a drunken sailor then when I try to get him walking back by the fence and ask him to turn he seems to think I want him to flex so he starts flexing and then when I get him to stop flexing (because he will just hold it) I ask him to go forward and he starts to go backwards and if I try to stop him with a one rein stop he either flexes or he does circles and I'm not putting leg pressure on at all. What should indo? He is VERY good at his ground work he can yield his hind legs with me looking at them and pointing and all that shnazzy stuff. Any suggestions of what to do?
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I have a 3 1/2yr. Old gelding just started under saddle this fall with a rider. I had problems with getting him to go forward also. I am not a youngin by any means so I didn't want to spank him to go forward LOL Clinton Anderson says, squeeze, cluck, spank.....so what I did was squeeze, cluck and took my finger and poked him in the butt (he's very sensitive) and the light bulb went off in his head and he walked forward! We're not rushing him at his training and are taking our time with him, yes a spank probably would have made him walk forward sooner, he was also flexing, backing but not being so young myself I didn't want him jumping forward because I spank him. Now that he knows to go forward come spring I will work on the go forward more and his stopping.....good luck!
     
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    12-13-2012, 04:18 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Thunderspark    
I have a 3 1/2yr. Old gelding just started under saddle this fall with a rider. I had problems with getting him to go forward also. I am not a youngin by any means so I didn't want to spank him to go forward LOL Clinton Anderson says, squeeze, cluck, spank.....so what I did was squeeze, cluck and took my finger and poked him in the butt (he's very sensitive) and the light bulb went off in his head and he walked forward! We're not rushing him at his training and are taking our time with him, yes a spank probably would have made him walk forward sooner, he was also flexing, backing but not being so young myself I didn't want him jumping forward because I spank him. Now that he knows to go forward come spring I will work on the go forward more and his stopping.....good luck!
thanks I just lunged him a ton he's half apaloosa so he has half a lot of energy I squeezed kissed and he started to back so I gave him some kicks and forward he went! Then with his flexing I decided to make him go forward even if he was holding or and I'dmove his head to the side he wasn't flexing on even if I had to bump it (he hates being bumped) he only had 60 days on him and sat for three months so he is just figuring everything out he's going to be a great horse! Good luck with your horse too!
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    12-13-2012, 04:31 PM
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Foal
Sounds Simple but...

I know it sounds simple, but if the horse is really green, it may just need a refresher on leg pressure. Have someone lead you while riding and everytime you put leg on have them use the body language that you would use if you were on the ground to make the horse move forward. Sounds like a simple break in communication. Try to really think like the horse and not a human. Getting in the saddle changes the rules not matter how much ground work you have done. You might need to bridge the learning process for the horse so it makes clear to them. If a horse makes too many mistakes it will loose its desire to please the rider. Hope this helps.
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    12-14-2012, 01:30 AM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by cassidilla    
thanks I just lunged him a ton he's half apaloosa so he has half a lot of energy I squeezed kissed and he started to back so I gave him some kicks and forward he went! Then with his flexing I decided to make him go forward even if he was holding or and I'dmove his head to the side he wasn't flexing on even if I had to bump it (he hates being bumped) he only had 60 days on him and sat for three months so he is just figuring everything out he's going to be a great horse! Good luck with your horse too!
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I'm sure he's going to be a great horse!! Glad to hear you got it worked out, it can be frustrating but sometimes if we are patient they finally do get it! Have fun and keep us posted on how he's doing!
     
    12-14-2012, 04:12 AM
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I'm sure he's going to be a great horse!! Glad to hear you got it worked out, it can be frustrating but sometimes if we are patient they finally do get it! Have fun and keep us posted on how he's doing!
will do! I can't wait to get him on the barrel patter it may be a while away but he's going to be amazing he's got tons of speed!
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