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post #1 of 6 Old 09-13-2012, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Problems while riding new horse

Hi first off I'm new to this forum and will post up pics ASAP of mine, and my GF's 2 horses. Mine is a quarter/perchuron and hers is a TB.

Anyways onto my problem. When doing ground work with my horse, she listens and follows cues "fairly well" (about an 8/10).

But once I put a saddle on her and try to ride, she throws herself in neutral and wont move. I can lay the boost in her and she will just stand there.

HOWEVER I have gone on hour long trail rides with her, and she follows other horses perfect. If my GFs horse is in the ring WITH me, we can walk, trot perfectly with her. But as soon as she leaves and were alone, BANG neutral.

Any Ideas?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-13-2012, 02:08 PM
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She doesn't respect you or think she needs to listen to you.

If there's another horse with her she follows that horse, not your instructions.

How long have you had/been around horses? This sounds like a training issue for both of you.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-13-2012, 02:09 PM
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Your horse is happy to follow, but she doesn't know how to yield to your leg or hand.

Have you ever just tried to turn her when she doesn't move and then when she does turn loosen up the reins squeeze her on with your legs?
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The horse is a follower! It has either never ben taught to go on its own or you are a novice and it is taking advantage of you.

What happens when someone who can ride gets on and forces it to go in front or out on her own?
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I agree with 4ever. Move the horse in small circles. If still stuck, hop off and lunge until the horse is moving quickly to your cues. Change directions, demand attention and response. Then try again. Repeat as much as necessary ( 4 times with my 6 yo gelding one day, but now he moves out!).
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You say the horse obeys you when you are on the ground, but not in the saddle. Chances are that it is not really obeying as well as you would think on the ground. If it will not go forward promptly, when told to do so, it is not going to do so under saddle, either. You may benefit from watching some videos on how to do some basic groundwork with your horse, including sendint the horse out, and even lunging it.

And, yes the the horse probalby has little experience moving except to follow. Where was it before you bought it? was it working on a trail riding string, by chance? nose to tail sort of thingy?
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