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post #11 of 16 Old 10-30-2013, 12:29 PM
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If the round pen work you've done with him or other horses is all about getting them to "join up" with you,and follow you around like a puppy dog, and not about making him move out when you tell him too, then it is not going to be of much help.

I am sure Cherie is right in that you may have to learn how to give him a major spanking the next time HE decides where and when to stop.
I think that round pen work with the same frame of mind can be helpful, but that's in part because I cannot ride out much in the way of buvcking a horse might do if he were spanked good and hard.

if yoiu do chose to do more ground work, either in the round pen or on line, be sure that you are working a lot on getting him to go forward without attitude and without holding back. That is something I would try, since I am not so comfortable trying to fix it all on horseback.
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My arab did precisely as yours if the saddle wasn't comfortable for him. There would also be lots of tail switching and crab walking. He told me every way he could to let me know he was in pain. I didn't persist. We went thro a few saddles with various trees to see what worked. When I found one, he was a completely different horse, lowering his head and striding out nicely.
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Might be saddle fit. Might be the way you work him.

If every day you go out and run barrels (not saying you do this.. just saying) or go out and really work him and it is pretty repetitious he may just be sick of it. If the saddle also causes discomfort on top of a repetitious work schedule, he has no reason to move.

Balking is a resistance and a very very difficult one to over come. It sounds like he is learning to be a balker.

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Thank you everyone. I'm just going to focus on getting him to respect me the next couple days in the round pen, getting him to switch directions & do things when I tell him to do them. A lot of becoming the leader. Then I'll try to ride him around the paddocks (we have a track, so to speak around the paddocks... it's a small barn.) so he won't be in the arena. So if he is tired of ring work, that won't be why he balks. Also, he will have quite a few days off this week due to rain & things coming up so he'll have a little bit of time to heal & recouperate if anything is the matter with him.

One more thing: he's always had this very small bump on one of his back legs, right on the edge of his cannon on the side closest to his tail.. (not good at describing things.) Could just be how he is, or could be something weird related to this? I've tried researching it. It's not hard, it moves when I touch it. I'm confused about it. If anyone could give me any clue as to what that is that'd be awesome. I'm just really trying to do what's best for him, & if he is really in pain, I feel terrible about trying to get him to work when he's in pain & being so hard on him.
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that bump could be a wind puff. google it.
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It's a lot higher up though.
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