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post #1 of 7 Old 09-28-2010, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Re-Training a Spoiled Horse

I'm purchasing a new horse. She is beautiful, strong and healthy.
BOMBPROOF to the extreme.

But... She is SLOW, unresponisive, and seems to be confused.
The previous owner has had kids from age 4 to age 95 riding this horse.

When I went to look at her and test her out, I got on her an immediatly knew she was too smart for her own good. She knows who is on her back and she knows what she can get away with. She is very testy. She did "okay" when I was on her. Her steering was terrible and she wouldn't go any faster than a brisk walk and she trotted for 20 seconds after some serious convincing.

The second I got off, her 8/9 year old son got on and plodded around the pen and jerked all on her mouth and obviously confused her.

She rides with a simple snaffle.

I know she has it in her because she is only seven and very healthy. There really seems to be no resonable answer for her slowness and attitude.

How can I get her to listen, respond to my cues, and go faster when asked?

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-28-2010, 08:24 PM
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She may just need more challanging and interesting work than carrying around a couple kids all the time. I wouldn't be surprised that if you consistantly increase her work she'll just get come out of her rut.

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-28-2010, 09:22 PM
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Your writing sounded kind of negative about this horse. Are you sure she is the horse for you?
You will be moving her away from that old environment, won';t you? And like the other poster said, new challenges . Work some on the ground with her. Food can entice interest out of a dull horse. But be sure that you tell her when she can eat. You put the food down and don't let her have it until she stands off quietly for a few seconds, then turn your back and walk away. Dominance starts with feeding her. You GIVE her the food when you are ready. You never let her TAKe it form you.
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Horses that get ridden by lots of beginners without the benefit of experienced supervision can absolutely be ruined/soured in no time. This kind of thing can be worked through, but it won't be easy and she will likely give you a few good fits before changing her ways. It wouldn't be a deal breaker for me, but I'd have to want the horse pretty bad.
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I do really want this horse. She is the kind of horse I've been looking for. I just don't know how to "train" her to respond to me and give me what I'm asking for.

I'm pretty sure that this horse can be re-trained to be the perfect horse for me. Not too crazy, yet not too dull and unresponsive. I'm sure it will take a lot of consistant work. I just don't know HOW to go about getting it done.

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-29-2010, 12:14 AM
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How old is she?

She is sour, annoyed with people, and knows she can get away with just "plodding around" because no one has ever asked her to do much more than that. Give her new obstacles to overcome, maybe do some games to get her thinking. Try to teach her something new, like to sidepass, or perfect something she isn't very good at. Play with her on the ground, get those feet moving. But don't push push push because her mindset is, "Oh yeah? Who's gonna make me?" Don't make her, ask her! :] Make the right thing easy, and the wrong thing difficult. Ask her to do less than she offers. After a while she'll want to do more than you ask. :]

Use a lot of variety.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-29-2010, 12:26 AM
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I agree with Feets, make it her idea to do everything. She sounds stubborn so be smarter then she is and make her think that it's what she wants to do and its her idea to do what your asking.
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