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  • Young horse keeps stopping when trotting
  • My horse just stops and i can't get him going

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    03-13-2012, 02:19 PM
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Foal
My new horse keeps stopping

Ok first off I want to say that as a child I grew up around horses and rode every once in a while but I have been around horses in over 10 years and consider myself a beginner in horses. Even though I know what should be done in many scenarios I don't trust myself to do them in a high anxiety situation. My husband went riding in the mountains once and decided he loved it and bought a horse. He was extremely lucky because he had no horse experience and bought a horse that was ridden twice and hadn't been used in years , but this horse has been great. He's kind of lazy and listens really well. So then comes the time for me to buy a horse. I searched and searched and finally found one that would be perfect( so I thought). Since we have kids I wanted a kids horse and a beginners horse. I wanted it well trained so I could ride right away. Anyway I wound up buying a 14 year old saddlebred ex showhorse that was also used for lessons and shown by a child. Right now we have to keep our horses at a friends place for a few months so I can't go there daily since I have a 1 month old and 20 month old. He was really nervous when we brought him there a week ago but is ok now. Although when we tie him in the barn he kicks up dirt and gets really nervous still. We have saddled him up to ride him twice. He's almost impossible to catch ( although he never was with previous owners.) he refuses to go in the corral unless we put oats in there and walk away then close the gate real quick. Once in there you can walk up to him, pet him, hug him and put the halter on no issues. We have to saddle him outside because he goes nuts in the barn. As soon as we put the saddle blanket on him he starts throwing his head and chewing at the lead. Then stops once the saddle is on. Then he won't accept the bit. Previous owner said they used a smooth twisted snaffle which the tack shop never heard of and the twisted looked too harsh so I tried a smooth snaffle which I thought she meant but he hated it so I bough a different kind which he refuses but once you get it in there he isn't as bad with it. Funny thing is all weird behavior stops when in the saddle. My husband can ride him around no issue but has to keep squeezing to keep him moving. When I get on he walks but only to a certain spot then turns left he seems to constantly veer left. But when he stops he automatically parks but refuses to move unless I change direction. I don't know how to make him keep going. No matter how many clucks or squeezes or kicks I give he doesnt move or he turns left. My husband told me to keep the reins slack but being a show horse I am sure he was never used to slack reins and when I loosen them that's when he goes left. I am at a loss I also cannot get him to trot at all let alone canter. Any ideas?

Sorry it's so long but I felt the detail was important. Also my smartphone thinks it knows better than me so excuse any errors
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    03-13-2012, 02:24 PM
  #2
Green Broke
How does he behave if someone with more confidence and skill is on board?
As you are returning to the riding scene and having difficulties, I would suggest finding a good instructor that can help you to gain confidence in your skills, put some more tools in your toolbox and then help you apply those to your horse.
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    03-13-2012, 02:53 PM
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Green Broke
Basics first-if you are having trouble at the walk, do not even think about trotting or cantering.Also the old adage-Green horse+green rider=black & blue--Please be careful. This is not sounding good. Can you get any more information from a previous owner or trainer? This horse definetely sounds like he has the upper hand.
     
    03-13-2012, 02:59 PM
  #4
Showing
You need to find a good trainer, preferably someone who has worked with show saddlebreds to help you out. Consider it an investment in developing your skills. Horses quickly figure out people and it could be a combination of that and his training. Even one good session can make a big difference.
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    03-13-2012, 03:12 PM
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Foal
I rode him before I bought him and he did well, he did everything that was asked when his owner rode him plus like I said he was used for lessons. I bought him from a stable that trains showhorses. He's listens way better to my husband but he is confident and thinks he's bullet proof lol. I am slightly nervous with him because I can't afford to be hurt with 3 young children. My dad should be visiting soon and I will get his opinions and get him to ride him. He's a sweet horse, very affectionate and absolutely loves my kids. I just can't get him to keep walking it's like there's an imaginary fence he's following instead of going straight. There are no trainers/ lessons around here ( we drove 3 hours for the horse).
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    03-13-2012, 03:33 PM
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Banned
He picking up on the fact your nervous if he does fine for your husband then its a problem with you. Horses know when your nervous that's why he keeps stopping on you and not going where you want. Plus your probley not giving clear directions to him like one of the other posters said you can't keep constant preasure on him. Sounds like you really need some help from a trainer.I think the horse is ok he just has your number.
     
    03-13-2012, 03:34 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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I rode him before I bought him and he did well, he did everything that was asked when his owner rode him plus like I said he was used for lessons. I bought him from a stable that trains showhorses. He's listens way better to my husband but he is confident and thinks he's bullet proof lol. I am slightly nervous with him because I can't afford to be hurt with 3 young children. My dad should be visiting soon and I will get his opinions and get him to ride him. He's a sweet horse, very affectionate and absolutely loves my kids. I just can't get him to keep walking it's like there's an imaginary fence he's following instead of going straight. There are no trainers/ lessons around here ( we drove 3 hours for the horse).
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It sounds like the horse has the upper hand and knows it. Honestly, I think some lessons for you with an instructor (using a different horse) will be the only resolution. You can regain the confidence and learn the skills to communicate more effectively with the horse. Trying to slog your way through this or seeking to learn ON the horse in question is not a good idea as it sets up a situation for the horse and yourself to become very confused/frustrated and possibly end up doing some unintended and undesirable "training" of both of you in the process.
     
    03-13-2012, 04:03 PM
  #8
Foal
Thanks for the advice I wish it was that easy to work with a trainer but unfortunately it's not. My dad used to train horses for many years and will get his help but I only see him about once a year. I worded it wrong when I said constant pressure. My husband leaves the reins slack where as the horse is used to them being held up and everytime I let them dangle he would turn left. He's a very well broke horse and now that I think about it it probably is my nerves. I just would have thought that if he was used for lessons then he would still walk even if the rider was a bit nervous.
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    03-13-2012, 05:12 PM
  #9
Weanling
Even if it's once a month, a trainer will help tons, especially right now to start with.

As for the stopping... I think what he needs is one good swap with a whip when he stops, to show him you mean business.
     
    03-13-2012, 05:32 PM
  #10
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Hi newatthis, welcome to the forum.

I think you got some good advice here. I just wanted to put in a small plug for the "reader" and ask that you consider using paragraphs to break up such a large block of text. It makes it much easier for us to read.
Thanks, Carry on!
     

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