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    04-13-2010, 10:49 PM
Need some advice on ex barrel horse

Ok here we go. I have a 9 year old qh all he ever did was barrell race I got him in the fall. We are haven a few issues that I need some advice on. When we are trail riding and I ask him for a stop his nose goes sky high and he starts danceing in spot and getting very mad at me. Other than that trail manners are great. My big problem is open fields out of no where he will take off on dead run and start doing tight turns and go where ever he wants untill I can get the emergency stop on him. He never buck or rears and has never thrown me. After his 'fit" as I call them he is ready to go looks like he at the gate to run a pattern. I am a trail rider and have no intention of running barrells. I have lessons twice a week ( oldest person in her barn getting lessons at 29) lol . I have been riding since I was 11 so I have been around a bit but am no trainer.
In a enclosed space like a round pen he is great and relaxed. I have just bought a round pen will be here with in 2 weeks. I have a trainer that has my other horse in trainging now and the other horse comes home next week. My trainer is willing to take on my boy when I am ready to hand over the reins ( hehe no pun intended) . But at 750.00 for 30 days I was wondering if anyone has any advice on things I can try at home before I give up. I am very WILLING to send him if need be but was hoping for some advice or suggestions.
Little more infor we ride western and tack fits good. Ride in simple D ring snaffle. Vet has checked teeth and had his back looked at all with in 45 days so not a pain issue. It is a RESPECT issue I think but not sure. What should I do. And let me add these out bursts of his will happen every time we ride at least twice and always in open field ( we have 150 acres all open to ride in)

On a personal note I have sever dyslexia and try very hard to make all my posts easy to read for every one. So please if I have confused you please ask. I am looking for ideas here. I am at my wits end . My trainer says I can do this on my own that I have the abilitys but she willing to help or take him on. (she prob feels bad she just took all my money to train my boyfriends horse lol )
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    04-13-2010, 11:05 PM
double post sorry

I forgot to add that when leading him he walks so much faster than me he about drags me (sometimes) . I have a carrot stick and when he passes my shoulder he gets a tap with the carrot stick and we do this four hours. But I swear he knows when I do not have that stick because he goes back to his old pushy ways. He is a great loving horse but he just needs to slow down in every thing he does lol. He always in such a hurry
    04-13-2010, 11:06 PM

For the bolting and running problem I would say try reverse psychology. If a open space you know and with plenty of safe running space, push him into a trot or canter and ask him to stop (nice and gentle) if he does not stop push him to go faster. Then ask again for a nice stop if you do not get a good stop when you ask (only ask once per try) Push him to go faster and faster, he will get tired and want to stop, but then it to late he has had his chance, push him to go a few more time, then ask for a nice stop, if you don't get what your asking for push him to go again. After doing this a few times you will have a horse who will stop as per your request

As for the head throwing, maybe try a different bit? Or bitless? You could also make sure you have the time to do the following.

Does he do this all the time on the trail or just when he is heading home or on his way out for a ride? The easy way to deal with that is just ask for a stop if he throws a fit turn him around and take a few steps going the opposite direction. He will soon figure out that throwing a fit does not get him what he want.

If he is doing the head throwing all the time for no reason you can find. I would try a not rough but very consistent approach. Ask for a stop and let him throw his head, but don't let him move his feet (or as best you can), keep him where you asked him to stop that means you might be doing a tight turn, backing up, going side ways.. BUT this is the important part! Only pull when you asking for the stop, then let loss, and then only pull again (dont say whao again, once is enough) when there body moves, and then let loss again once you getting the forward movement stopped. You will probly dance around like this for a half hour, but you have to follow through. He will learn that throwing his head might stop the pressure, but it comes back when he moves again... that behaviour will become pointless for him at that point.

Hope this helps...
Tanya M
    04-13-2010, 11:14 PM
My gelding has the same leading problem. This fixed it in about a hour. (and a few reminders now and then)

Lead him and the moment he passes you (his shoulder passes you're), you stop moving forward and make him to a few circles around you as you stand there (dont turn you body to face him)... If he wasn't to go let him go, but he aint going nowhere, then when he comes back around to your side and is in the right leading posting to you shoulder start walking forward again, and yet again we will try to get out in front of you, make him do the circles again. He will get the idea to stay with you if he wants to get anywhere.

If you can try this, it will really help you relationship with him, it sounds like he needs to develop a more respect towards you.

    04-13-2010, 11:17 PM
Thank you for the advice. Yes he thows his head at all times on the trail when stopped because he wants to keep going with the other horses. I have started the "board circle" is what I call it. I will make him bend in to a circle two times around than ask for a whoa again and if he moves we do it again untill he will stay put for two min. I have had so many ppl tell me is spring he a new horse to you and he just fresh let him run. Well I have no problem doing that IF I know that not going to make the problem worse. I work him everyday maybe only for 30 min but it still everyday. Sometimes I get frustrated and it cut short but it always ends on a good note. Other ppl have told me do nothing but walk with him. I ask for most of my cues with my seat so the head throwing is even more confusing to me. I have contacted old owner and she said she rode him in a tie down for this same reason I WILL NOT DO THAT because it just covered up this problem and got worse over time. I am going to give it till end of next week whem my mare is ready to come home from trainers and if we have not made any progress he can go the day she comes home. I am not scared to fork out the money as long as it will help him and I be safe and happy in our adventures.
    04-13-2010, 11:24 PM
Since he wants to keep going with the other horses, ask for the stop and when he throws his head turn him around and head the other way for a few steps, then ask for a stop. He will easily stop cause he does not was to be going that way, turn him around and take a few steps and ask for a stop.. when the head throws up again repeat again with the same steps.. and again and again. Get the other riders to wait in sight range for you. He will learn quick that the behaviour causes effect opposite to what he wants, and he will settle down.
    04-13-2010, 11:29 PM
Great thank you never thought of that!!!!! We going on a trail ride sat now I can not wait to try it. I can not wait for our round pen to arrive and get set up. It will give us a nice area to work on some respect issues and a enclosed space to work on some other issues it will make things so much easier and safer for both of us
    04-13-2010, 11:36 PM
Wish you the best of luck, just stay calm and follow through, and you will be surprised how fast things like this work. But it super important to not get frustrated or upset he will feed off of this and you will have so much more work on your hands. Think of it as a game, and try your best to react with in a split second, or even before he makes the move, if you know its coming and be proactive. You will shock him (you can read his mind! LOL) he will stop trying to pull the wool over your eyes when he thinks you already know what he is thinking. LOL GOOD LUCK.. feel free to pm me if you have any more questions, I have a lot of respect for you not using equipment as a bandage, and want to get down to the truth behind the problem. CHEERS to true horsemanship !
    04-13-2010, 11:41 PM
OOOOO.. and when you turn him around on the trial make him wait for a count of about 30sec to a few min, he must be calm and not fussing before you turn back around.. don't allow him to stay in that frustrated frame of mind.. it not healthy for you or him
    04-13-2010, 11:48 PM
Ok got it! I am really hoping I can do this on my own. My trainer is behind me all the way but is kinda not giving me the advice I need because she says I have all the answears and abilitys to do it just need to believe in myself lol sometimes I think that is would be easier just to hand her over my pay check and say call me when he ready lol ..all joking aside I love this boy and it would do great for our bond if we can get past these issues togther and alone. But by NO means am I scared to take help or ask. My trainer is great and had done alot for my boyfriend and I and our horses. I think the world of her but think she may have to much confidence in me.

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