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    07-30-2011, 12:45 AM
needing some help

I have a few questions I recently bought a 6 yr old gaited Tennessee walker she is an awesome horse but the past couple of nights I have had a few problems I bought her from our neighbor so for about 1 month I went to her house and worked with her and then brought her home I have had her out several times riding but on tue she was not wanting to turn to the left at all no matter what I would do she would shake her head and turn right and didnt want to leave the yard and we would circle around so we worked on crossing mud for a while as she didnt like to, well tonight I took her out and stubborn as hell she would not go left to save my life and every time we would go down the road by our house she would start to run to go back home so I took her farther out so she would not be so ancy but as I was standing with her in the field she was chewing on her bit alot so iam not sure if the bit is bothering her or what but she was not like this at all the entire time until this week do the horses chew on the bits or is it to loose?? Iam not sure its a regular snaffle bit any ideas are appreciated thanks in advance!!
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    07-30-2011, 01:31 AM
Sounds like the horse is adjusting to its' new place. This can be really stressful to a horse. I assume she is not along at your place? Other horses with her , or at least within sight?

She is exhibiting classic barn sour behavior. The barn is security, and leaving the barn is scary , and means work. I think her chewing the bit a lot is also a sign of anxiety.

Is there anyone there with a bit more experience with theses sort of problems that can help you work her through this?

Do a search for threads on "barn sour" horses for more detailed advice on how to deal with this behavior. Good luck adn welcome to the forum.
    07-31-2011, 11:35 AM
I would suggest some retraining. Start with basics, sounds like the mare is for sure barn sour. Start with lunging and maybe some line driving in a round pen so she learns her cues and goes left. Do that for about a week...put as much ground work as possible in her. When you do start riding her figure eights near the that for a few days. When she is responding better take her out for a trail ride, but see if you can get a riding buddy the first time. Changing a horses schedule and mind set really helps...good luck
    07-31-2011, 03:05 PM
I agree with tinyliny. Have the old owners come out to work with her at your place for a few times, or better yet, hire an experienced trainer for a few sessions. They can check your tack fit, too.

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