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post #1 of 9 Old 02-19-2009, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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my horse wont go very far from the corral

he's a 6 year old gelding that is very healthy, i have only been riding horses for about a year and i do not know what to do.. first he walks around when i try to get on him and 2nd is he rears and bucks when i try and make him go more than a couple hundred yards from the corral. when i ride him with my other horse he goes everywhere the other horse will but when he's on his own he doesnt want to go very far... please help. thanks
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-19-2009, 06:08 PM
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I would suggest looking into getting the Parelli Level 1 pack. That will be a good start for you guys :)
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I've found that short rides, as often as possible work best on a horse that is either herd bound or lacks confidence being out alone (it is not always easy to tell which one it is). Be patient and keep taking him out over and over again, gradually working further away. Don't give in and make him back up everytime he starts to fuss or refuses to go forward. Don't get angry or frustrated...he will eventually decide that going forward is much more fun than continually going backwards.

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post #4 of 9 Old 02-19-2009, 07:08 PM
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That would certainly be a good starting point for you.

In addition, you don't have a lot of experience yet. Is it possible to get someone with a lot more experience to work with him for a while. Horses are herd animals and it is not natural for them to be away from the herd.

If your horse has never been used to working away on his own, he will be suffering anxiety at being on his own. If you can get him to where he is happy to go on his own and aim for a point a few feet further. Perhaps have another horse already standing beyond that point, say 50 feet so it's not too close but might give your fellow confidence to go that bit extra. Don't walk him all way to the other horse, just a few feet, then turn around and go back. Heap praise on him when he does well.

Gradually get the other horse further away - never ride out with the other horse, it is already in position when you ride away. Hope it makes sense what I am trying to say.

The other problem of standing still. Get someone to hold him whilst you get on and praise him when he stands still for you. You need to know that he knows that he needs to stand still whilst you are mounting. Make sure you are not poking him with your toe when you are mounting and keep your reins the right length as in not too loose.

After you have had someone holding him and he stands, use something as a mounting block so its easier for you and everytime he goes to make off you stop the mounting procedure and pull him up. Then start again. I always tell mine to 'stand' when I am about to mount so I verbalise what I expect from them - particularly the younger ones.

If you still have problems, definately get an experienced person to help work through your dramas.

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post #5 of 9 Old 02-23-2009, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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yesterday i saddled my other horse up and was messing around a little.. i took him out of the corral on a little trail ride and my dad said that my problem horse went "nuts" bucking around and running up to the fence and actually ran into it once. (ouch)...

any ideas? oh btw when he is following another horse he is perfect but if you only ride him on his own he hops rears and bucks a little
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I'd still suggest looking into getting the Parelli level 1 pack lol. These issues are very common.
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-24-2009, 12:30 PM
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Or you could just work with a local trainer/someone more experienced with horses to show you how to work with herd bound issues.
Are you at a boarding barn or anywhere where you could get someone experienced to help you?
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post #8 of 9 Old 02-24-2009, 01:50 PM
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Or you could just work with a local trainer/someone more experienced with horses to show you how to work with herd bound issues.
Are you at a boarding barn or anywhere where you could get someone experienced to help you?
Good answer!

Horses are by nature herd animals. They need an alpha. If your horse does not feel you are the leader, it is going to want to stay with it's buddy.
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-24-2009, 04:06 PM
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Like many others have said, I would look for someone with more experience to help with him. I probably started a low confidence and herd-bound but it sounds like now he has become a little spoiled and it has become a habit. I am not putting you down but every time that he throws a fit and gets his way, he gets more set in his habits. I would suggest getting help as soon as possible so the problem doesn't get any worse.

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