I am a new horse owner, but I have been around and riding horses for the last three or four years. I just adopted a year old quarterhorse from the Nor Cal Equine Rescue in Oroville.
He responds beautifuly when I am leading him. He'll walk, stop, and trot when I ask him. However, once in a wile he won't. He either won't start walking, or won't start to trot. And in all of my training books on groundwork, they say to hold a 4 foot whip in your left hand and tap the horse to get him moving. So halfway through our work out today, I stopped by a tack shop and got one. Then when I came back, I desencitized him with it by rubbing it all over him and praising him until he got used to it, and then I took it out with him on the second half of our walk. When he started to walk slow, I gently tapped him with it and said "walk on" and he would quicken his step, and when I said "trot trot" and tapped him with it and started to jog, he fell right it step! So I thought it was awesome, and he responded beautifuly with it! And then towards the end of the walk, I said "trot trot" like I had several times before, and he just bolted. So of course I dropped the lead so I wouldn't burn my hands or get dragged, and he just ran down the road a little bit, saw some grass, stopped, and started eating it. And so I just walked right over to him, picked up the lead, said "walk on" and he walked on just as well as before, and then behaved 100% again like nothing happened! So, is there anything I can do to prevent that from happeing again? I mean, if there was no grass there I have no idea how long he would run for, and I was scared he would step on the lead and fall, or worse, hurt somebody. It worked out fine this time, but I'm worried next time it may not end as well. So, any sudgestions would be helpful, and I will talk with my trainer about it. I'm just confuzed on what may have happened that time, and how to prevent it in the future.