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        03-02-2013, 11:06 PM
      #1
    Foal
    New horse troubles!

    I recently got a new horse, well it was about a month ago, he is a 8 year old appendix. I really like him and he is a good horse but he has a few issues that I need to work on. The previous owner put him out in a pasture for around 2 years beacause he was lame (we have that taken care of) so he doesn't have the best manners but he is already getting better.

    I have been mostly doing groundwork with him because it is too wet to ride. He knows nothing about groundwork and is used to being lunged and doing whatever he wants when he get lunged. The previous owner was really rough on him (not abusive or anything) so you really have to push or pull him to make him do anything. Anyways I have noticed when I do grundwork with him he doesn't focus on me, he doesn't most of what I ask but you can tell that I don't have his full attention.

    He doesn't have a mean bone in his body but he has kicked out at me and the vet but I really don't think that he mean't it in a bad way he just acts like a bratty kid when he doesn't get his way. Any pointers or advice about getting him more repectful and getting his attention in me? Thanks!!
         
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        03-02-2013, 11:14 PM
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    Super Moderator
    Kicking out at you is expressing his irritation that you are interrupting him in doing what he wants. His attitude stinks.
    My thinking is that you need to interrupt a bit more. Such that you knock him right out of thinking on other things, and get him thinking on you!

    Yes, he may jump, may buck or kick out, but he better go forward when asked and he better stop when asked and he better keep his eyes on you .
    Don't be afraid to startle your horse if they are blowing you off and looking elsewhere. If they were paying attention where they should have been, they would not be startled in the first place.

    BE important! More important that whatever he's looking at out there. If he has an opinion on it, meh, let him. Just be sure he moves out when you say, and stops when you say, even if he doesn't like it.

    Gotta shake up his world a bit.
         
        03-02-2013, 11:20 PM
      #3
    Foal
    That makes sense, I will try doing that. The only thing is is that he isn't spooky at all and once he starts looking at something that is all he will think about but I'm sure I can think of something :) Thanks!
         
        03-02-2013, 11:30 PM
      #4
    Showing
    When he is looking away he is obviously not thinking about you. I won't yank on the halter but I may give it a good pull to the side. Or make him move his hips over. Any time he's not paying attention make his feet move. It doesn't have to be fast and it can be in any direction of your chosing. Go for anything but straight ahead as that is easiest on him. He's built for a straight line forward, so let's make him a little uncomfortable.
         
        03-02-2013, 11:32 PM
      #5
    Trained
    You make him listen to you, and don't let up on him with regards to manners, no kicking, period, I don't care what the reason is. Get after him and mean it! Anytime he ignores you, get after him, hard. He will soon smarten up and know you are a strict herd leader and start to respect you. Once a horse respects you, then you can have affection from them, if they can ignore you, they don't care about you.
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        03-03-2013, 01:26 AM
      #6
    Foal
    Thanks for the advice that helps a lot but I was wondering what are some others things I can do to get his attention.
         
        03-03-2013, 01:31 AM
      #7
    Yearling
    When you lunge him do you have a lunge whip or training stick/string?
    If he isn't paying attention to you, I would get his attention by spanking the ground behind him and chase after him.......then go back to what you were doing. If you end up spanking his butt carry on as though nothing happened, he should have moved faster.....if he kicks out at you, get after him and spank the ground, I usually hollar NO, my horses know if I say NO it means they are doing something they shouldn't.....
         
        03-03-2013, 09:46 AM
      #8
    Foal
    When I lunge him I use a training stick type thingy but I have a lunge whip too.
         
        03-03-2013, 09:49 AM
      #9
    Foal
    I have a training stick type thingy(its kinda like a cheap dressage whip) but I also have a lunge whip too.
         
        03-03-2013, 12:03 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    If you are in a round pen it's easier to free lunge and teach them to stay out of your space, IMHO, use your whip or training stick and get after him if he gets in your space, make him think he's going to die if he comes in too close to you......have you ever watched training DVDs? Do a search for Clinton Anderson on Youtube and watch some of his vids, that might help you alot.....
         

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