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post #1 of 7 Old 04-14-2007, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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New Horse, Food Stubborn

We recently purchased a horse at an auction. Supposedly the horse was a trail horse that is 4 years old and was great with kids.
She is well mannered in the pen except when she is around our other horse which is also a mare that is blind as well, the two dont seem to get along so we keep them seperated. The only other thing is when she knows its time to eat she paws the ground and leans on the stall fences seemingly in anticipation of whats about to come.
Twice now I have lead her over the the yard to graze on grass.
Today for the first time we saddled her up and everything went real well, no surprises, no fudging she did great tacking her. My wife got on her in the pen and again, no problems mounting or leading her around the pen, I might add that we did not use a bridle and bit just reins on her halter.
We decided to lead her out the pen into the open to see how she would do and when see saw grass she became anxious. I believe she is associating being led out of the pen with getting her graze because until now the only time she has been lead out of the pen was to get graze.
I made sure not to allow her to graze or get any grass while she was under saddle being led.
My wife then got back on her and I led her around on the ground with her in saddle. The whole time she was real anxious and stubborn, not rearing or making noise just real fidgety and not wanting to be led. On the third pass around she bucked, not real wild her feet barely left the ground but enough to send the wife over the horn and onto the horses neck and then from there she climbed down off of her. My wife immedeatly got back on her for another trip around and the horse was still anxious but did not buck again.
My question is this: Do I need to spend more time with this horse saddled up and outside of the pen and not allowing her to eat or get her way for that matter. I seems to me thats what I should do so she associates being under saddle with not being able to graze. Or, is there some other method I should try to train around this FOOD STUBBORNESS.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-14-2007, 03:37 PM
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yea thats a good idea, also you could try lunging her in grassy areas so she knows thats she has got to work in whatever conditions.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-15-2007, 05:32 AM
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Sounds to me like you've started on the right track. I'd just continue as you are doing and gradually build up her work outside the pen. She'll soon understand and realise that the grass isn't just for eating.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-15-2007, 11:54 AM
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yes you need to spend more time with her and when you take her out like that make sure she has a full belly first. Right after eating is the best. Hungry horses or mules do nothave much of but one thing on their mind, eating
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-08-2007, 01:59 AM
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Yep, I totally agree to make sure she's nice and full before work, with enough time to let the belly settle though. When i first got my horse he WOULD NOT BUDGE off the grass while being ridden through the yard and all he would do is just back up and back up and back up if you tried to make him go forward, he was just being a pain. So the trick for me was to just make him really uncomfortable until he willingly walked off the grass, then I immediately rewarded him by quieting my legs and voice. So with enough times of walking on and off the grass at my command, he eventually got the idea that it wasn't time to graze. Granted, your horse is really young and just because of that she's going to be a little goobery at times, she just doesn't know yet that there is a difference between being led to graze and being led with a saddle and riderd on her back. The trick will be to never let her graze while she is saddled with a rider on her back. She'll get it eventually and the more you work at it with her the better she'll be about it. Good luck and keep us posted!
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-08-2007, 06:26 PM
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Sounds like you've got he right idea. I'm not really convinced that her anxiousness is coming from wanting to eat grass though. It could be that she's not used to being ridden out in the open. Usually a horse that is focused on eating will go straight for the grass rather than being anxious about it. Either way she needs more time being worked outside the pen and in open areas. Good luck with her.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-10-2007, 04:16 PM
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Sounds like you've got he right idea. I'm not really convinced that her anxiousness is coming from wanting to eat grass though. It could be that she's not used to being ridden out in the open. Usually a horse that is focused on eating will go straight for the grass rather than being anxious about it. Either way she needs more time being worked outside the pen and in open areas. Good luck with her.
Yep, totally agree. Some horses, who have only (or mostly) been worked in an arena (or pen, same thing) will be anxious when first being started to be used in other areas. She is still young yet, so I would expose her to as many things as I could so she can be an all around horse. Sounds like you're doing a good job!
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