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  • Cruising exercise horse
  • Clinton Anderson's cruising exercises

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    08-23-2009, 12:50 PM
New here, but....

Hey all! I'm new on here and sure glad to be here...
Well my boy, Storm, is a 3 1/2 gelding. I want to walk and he wants to eat. He was a rescue from Idaho about a year ago. He is so gentle and has a great nature. He hasent been ridden mush but don't mind any one on him. You get on and he wont walk far, 3 feet!
He is such a good boy. Any ideas on this....
Thanks, Ricc........
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    08-23-2009, 01:07 PM
If he stops to eat while you're riding, pull up (fairly sharply, you want his attention) on one rein and cue for forward movement. You can spank him on the rump, going for forward, or you can try irritating him by thumping him with your legs until his head comes up and he's doing what you want. Grazing reins work for a "quick fix," but don't really address the actual habit.

It's better to tackle this on the ground to really fix the habit, since if you keep having to pull his head up you may end up causing discomfort in his mouth from the bit. If he tries to graze while you're leading him, pull up sharply on the lead and get his head up. When his head is up, pet him and praise. I like to pair the pull on the rope with a verbal cue, either "Head Up!" or "Acht!", so that, over time, the verbal cue will replace the pulling.

As far as keeping him walking, look up Clinton Anderson's Cruising exercise. That really works for making the horse responsible for moving at the speed you want until you say otherwise.

Hope that helps, and welcome to the forum!
    08-23-2009, 02:57 PM
Scout gave some good advice already, I'll just add a good luck and welcome to the forum!
    08-23-2009, 11:21 PM
Thanks for the help. He is such a good boy but needs alot of work. His temperment is real good. I spoil him alot too. Again, thanks...

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