Problem: Enforcing "standing" outside of the arena

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        06-18-2010, 10:07 PM
    Problem: Enforcing "standing" outside of the arena

    I've had Kelty, a 5 year old green quarter horse, for nearly a year. He's very relaxed in the arena, and stops, backs up, walks, turns, and laterals with the softest touch or shift of weight. In the arena, he has no problem with stopping and holding.

    But the second we step outside that gate, it is all nerves and trying to walk off without permission, and when that isn't allowed, he just pivots in circles, head tossing the whole way.

    I know this behavior is disrepectful and potentially dangerous, but I am at a complete loss as to how to counter it.

    Any ideas are appreciated..
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        06-18-2010, 10:18 PM
    First off, I would like to welcome you to the forum .

    Unfortunately, this is a fairly common problem with green horses. What I like to do is after they start moving without being told, I will take one rein as if I was going to do a one-rein stop. I keep his head bent and apply leg; alternating between inside, outside, and both. I will also move my legs around on his sides, up onto his shoulders, back onto his flanks. Just whatever it takes to keep him moving in that tiny little circle. Do that for a couple of minutes until you can feel his sides heaving and then let him stop and relax your reins. So long as he stands, just leave him be. The instant that he starts to move, do this the other way for a few minutes. Just keep doing that until he is content to stand until you tell him to move. It also works great for horses that want to spook at everything and also ones that try to buck you off.
        06-21-2010, 11:42 AM
    Thank you! I will try that today!
        06-25-2010, 06:35 PM
    Make the right thing easy and wrong thing difficult and they will choose the right thing every time. It might take them a while to admit it.

    Ya got to out think em.

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