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post #1 of 11 Old 12-28-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation She wont move!

I have an 8 year old mare who has a little bit of a problem.

I have been her owner since the day she was born and the only one to feed her, groom her, and very rarely does someone other than me rides her. When I do put someone else on her she refuses to move. My friend who trains race horses and is very good at riding can't even get her to move, but when I get on she does just fine.

Why does she do this and how can I fix this problem?
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-28-2012, 09:24 PM
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Sounds like a bratty problem to me. Dressage whip and stern aids until she gives to pressure would be my first attempt. Otherwise put them on a lunge line or even a lead line and make her move with someone else on her back.

Of course, perhaps your cues are just different, but I am betting she is just being a diva. :)
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-28-2012, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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very much so -_-. BUT I still love her :) I started her on lunge this morning so we will see how this plays out. Thank you!
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-29-2012, 07:36 PM
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Squeeze, Cluck, Spank.


First squeeze, if she doesn't respond then cluck, then if she doesn't respond get a small dressage crop out lightly tap her with it at first, if she doesn't respond to it keep increasing the pressure. When she takes a step forward stop, and give her a pat on the neck.

If she bucks, keep doing what your doing, because if you stop right after she bucks then that is what she will learn.

Good luck!
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-29-2012, 08:29 PM
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Over-under rarely fails. It catches them a bit off guard, and wakes them up. Have them move her out directly afterword...I am betting she will move.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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If she doesn't do it to you, then she could just be a one person horse. She thinks that since you are the only one who 'cares' about and for her, she should only listen to you.

I have known horse owners who have had a horse that will only let one person ride him or her. If another person would try and ride, they would get thrown, or the horse would put up a fight, but once the owner got on, they would be like the perfect horse.

In order to fix this, you may have to have other people ride her more often, show her that she has to listen to everybody and not just you, lead her around with someone on her back, or put a lunge line on her.

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post #7 of 11 Old 12-29-2012, 08:38 PM
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Over-under rarely fails. It catches them a bit off guard, and wakes them up. Have them move her out directly afterword...I am betting she will move.
I've never heard of this. What exactly is 'over-under'?

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I've never heard of this. What exactly is 'over-under'?
I am sure you have heard of it...maybe just by another name. When you take the reins (long split reins) or romal and swing them to the right and then rapidly to the left, and they go "under" the horse to a degree.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-29-2012, 09:04 PM
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I am sure you have heard of it...maybe just by another name. When you take the reins (long split reins) or romal and swing them to the right and then rapidly to the left, and they go "under" the horse to a degree.
Oooh okay, then yes I know what you mean now haha.

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post #10 of 11 Old 12-29-2012, 09:33 PM
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I would try putting other people on her so she knows that even when she does that, she still gets to have people on her back. I would first put someone on her that does not mind too much about falling off - if anything happens. But the first thing I would do, is put someone on her and take your carrot stick and gently start tapping her hindquarters with it. If she still doesn't move, increase the pressure, but not the speed. Tap her by first hair, then skin, then muscle, then bone. Don't tap her past "level bone." As so as she makes even the slightest movement to go forward, stop for a few moments then try again.
When you do this, make sure that your other hand has a leadrope (attached to the halter/bridle) and is extended out towards the direction you want him to go. Also try making clucking noises and have your posture tall and serious. Not threatening, but serious so that your horse knows you're not going to give up.

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