Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
My current horse came to me at 7 with a "make me" attitude. He tests EVERYONE. And the first test he gave me was planting his feet and refusing to lead. He gave me a very definite head up, defiant, refusal.
There is absolutely NO point in pulling on a horse. You aren't going to win and all it does is teach the horse he is stronger than you are. NOT a lesson you want him to learn.
I am not a trainer, so all I can say is that this worked for me. I backed him up.
I turned him around and made him back up till we got to where I wanted to go.
I backed him up everywhere. Into his stall. Into the pasture. He walked backwards (in hand) for at least two days. At the end of this, he was SO happy to go forward. I made him move his feet. Away from me. We've never had another problem with leading.
I'm sure this isn't an accepted training method and you will get lots of answers from more experienced people. All I know is it worked for me with the most stubborn, willful horse I've ever seen. I still have him 8 years later, mainly because it's fun for me to out-think him. Other people just get frustrated by him.
I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!
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