Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Sevierville, TN
Parking Out Help Needed
So I had watched some video by Charles Wilhelm about the foundations of trick training. It seemed simple enough. He didn't cover advanced tricks, just how to prepare your horse to do some things and how to realize that even simple things can be tricks.
I was told when I bought Lily that she had been learning to bow. I learned from the video that teaching your horse to park out leads to teaching them to bow.
So out I headed with the halter, lead rope, and long whip (as a teaching aid, not a tool of cruelty). I get her out and we do some leading exercises and work on her responding to the forward cue and backup cue. She backs up without any issue. When she goes forward and stops, she keeps trying to face me, rather than let me stand at her shoulder. But she did it successfully a few times so we moved on.
We stopped and I backed her up a couple steps and then started tapping the backs of her front leg, asking for a step. Nothing. After twenty minutes and two hissy fits (her's, not mine) just trying to get this horse to step forward I knew it was not happening. I had tried varying degrees of pressure and tapping on the backs of her legs. I had tried forward pressure on the halter. I had tried setting her foot forward after picking it up. Nothing worked and I swear it seemed like her body was leaning back. Even though I didn't have pressure against her, it just seemed like she was leaning back as if there was a rope pulling her forward and she was saying no and digging her feet in.
I did a few of the things she was good at and then put her in her stall. I let her out shortly after. I came inside to look up "How to teach a horse to park out," but it was all the same. "Tap the back of the front legs until the horse moves that leg." And in every video the horse would move its leg. No one mentions what to do if that doesn't work.
I assumed she would have an idea about what to do sense she had started learning this earlier. I unfortunately don't have a round pen to work her in (trust me, I wanted to). Are there any suggestions? Anyone else have a horse that just flat-out refused to move its leg away from pressure? I feel at a loss and quite discouraged, but I do not want to let her win on this.