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post #1 of 6 Old 07-02-2011, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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new horse need help

Hello everyone, I just purchased a unregistered horse that I was told was 7 years old but come to find out the only way to know is by his teeth since I can't track his history down I'm thinking he is more like 12 very very laid back,he rides well but I;m having trouble getting him to stop. I also can;t get him to back up for nothing maybe it's me any help would be appreciated............
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-02-2011, 01:30 AM
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hmmm, i think you need to describe some more stuff for us to help.... what exactly does he do? Does he refuse by shaking his head, bolting or ignoring you? Some horses are also really bad at backing up if no one has practiced it with them in a while. What discipline are you? How much experience does the horse have? Does your tack fit correctly? Is your horse an OTTB or a rescue case? I can't really give advice for a horse that won't stop without some of this info. I rode an OTTB who was not TRAINED very well to stop, so if that's your issue maybe i could help you, but otherwise i'm lost, sorry! my advice right now would be: If it's a training issue you should probably consult a trainer or coach near you, and if it's a health issue please consult a vet or saddle fitter. Sometimes equine chiropractors or massage people can help too. i'm sorry i can't help more =(
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-02-2011, 02:58 AM
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What makes you think he's older than he is? Sounds like he needs a vet exam to verify age and also to check his teeth to see whether they are causing his resistance to the bit. And then you need to find out just how much training he has. Sounds like you're in over your head as you have no idea how to stop or back him, so rather than ask for advice over the Internet, I would advise that you consult a trainer (or perhaps the previous owner, if they are willing) and ask for a lesson/session or two to evaluate and figure out the problem. He may never have been taught, or you may be asking him in a way he is unaccustomed to.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-02-2011, 08:31 AM
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I could come up with several reasons for this but could you post a video so an accurate picture is available of what you and the horse are doing?
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-02-2011, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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I do know that different vets will tell you different ages. one vet has said he between 7-10 the other vet says between 8-12 that's a wide range so the way he acts I am going to say 10-15, I could be wrong it want be the first time nor the last.

I bought the horse from a peddler that bought him from another peddler who claims he was hauling a load of hay to GA. seen a boy riding him down the road stopped and bought the horse off the boy and can't recall the exact location.

The horse from what I gather has been rode most of his life by kids,and so he's trained but not proper in alot of ways. I ride western and when I try to stop the horse he shakes his head and speeds up. When I try to back him he shakes his head and does nothing. can I break him yes I was just writing to get some tips on what you would do.

When I try working with him on the ground with a rope I can not get him running for nothing crop plastic bag ect. bom proof lol I am working with him now on walking beside me and not invading my space instead of him walking direct behind me which I fig that is from kids pulling him around. any kind help would be appreciated thanks Dan
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-03-2011, 12:48 AM
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hmm, i've little western training experience, but you might see if your horse was trained english? Shaking head probably mean something is wrong with the bit or teeth, maybe have someone come out to look at them. A kids-friendly horse should surely be able to stop, so i'm not convinced that this is a training issue. I'm guessing it's a health issue, but it's so hard to tell over the internet =P

as for leading, just practice LOTS. It's harder to training horses that lag behind than those that rush forward (for me). I would just use very gentle hands and offer release from pressure as soon as the horse moves. Maybe the horse will eventually stop lagging, but it'll take some time =) My best training tip is patience!

if i were in your shoes i'd get a vet check or someone to see if there is a health problem. It sucks that you can't find out more about the horse, but that's life. I know next to nothing about my horse, except that she's been reg. Oh well. I wish you the best of luck finding a solution =)
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