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post #1 of 5 Old 09-17-2008, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Luke, my 6 year-old, 13. hand gelding has been off for most of the year. I've finally gotten myself into gear and began working with him, but he's developed some vices. Bracing against the bit and diving into the opposite direction mostly. I was advised his problem is lack of exercise, but he's been getting it and the problems aren't getting any better.

I've thought that maybe he's just bored of the arena, but I don't have anyone to trail-ride with and I'm not allowed to go alone >.O And there's a scary bulldog down the street that's chased us before.

I'm also not sure how to handle his fits; be firm and smack him with a crop, or just quietly correct him? The former tends to make him more mad but the latter, he just seems to think hes' gotten his way.

... Help? x_x
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-17-2008, 03:30 PM
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I would say that whilst off to rest in the field Luke has lost some respect for you. I would start with ground work and flexing and getting him to disengage his hind quarters. Follow you on lead, stop with him circle and change directions. Touch up on voice commands. I like to play the..I'm gonna keep your feet moving game. By the end of the game they are happy to stand and stay put. I'm just saying I like to get my horse to move North, south, east and west from the ground. They move when I say so...I have them change direction instead of stopping. It's not rigorous physical activity but it stimulates their mind and gets them focused on me.

Try that and then see what happens in the saddle.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-18-2008, 02:14 PM
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I would also suggest that he may need a chiro adjustment or a visit from a massage thp. If he's been off work for a year the may be sore or stiff.

Ground work as Dumas has suggested.

Handling fits? That depends....... is he just being a jerk or is he confused. He may not understand the cues you are giving him and is getting frustrated. The fits could also be a sign of pain.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-19-2008, 12:21 PM
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It very well could be that he is just simply bored and testing you. Don't rule that out yet, and it's on of the easiet things to correct. Find someone to go and a trail ride and take him out once a week. It's amazing how well that works. It did wonders for me and my stallion.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-02-2008, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I've been doing the ground-work and he's improving.
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