Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Well..the rushing toward the barn/horse changes it a bit (didn't know), if he understands cues, it shouldn't really..enforce it, though he may anticipate it..Which then again, basically means the same in a horse's mind..
All the trails I ride on are atleast wide enough to spin any horse I'm riding, so spinning versus circling would most likely get the same reaction (unless he's a crazy horse that was tribes to take off after a tight circle for barrels, aka the current horse I'm riding). Lucky doesn't rear, so I'm willing to back her until she decides walking forward calmly is the better of the two, but I wouldn't suggest that if the horse rears. Spins worked with Dude (he use to rear in barn, in field, in arena, on trail, etc), and backing has been working with Lucky so far.
But..with Dude, forcing him forward calmly, but purposefully worked (he also use to like rushing back to the barn) to stop his rearing and he started to go off my cues instead of just trying to rush anywhere because he figured out it was easier than getting there (at whoever's pace), and working harder than he was on the trail (we have slightly advanced trails that aren't necessarily for beginners). He started to rather be out away from the barn/arena than go back to it rushing. If he didn't rush/rear/buck/toss his head/act up he would to straight to the barn and get untacked, if he did-he got his ass worked off for an extra half hour at least.
Lucky is a lot different and I'm pretty sure she prefers working hard around the barn than being out on trails..I have yet to figure out how to completely calm her down, though she is much better so far with the backing/spinning/circling. I just gotta work on the kicking when excited now :p lol
I think I rambled..actually, lol. I hope I clarified a bit? I'm still half asleep, I apologise.
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