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post #1 of 9 Old 11-01-2012, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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TB mare won't trot forward with rider?

At work, I have a 10 y/o TB mare that is used for intermediate riders in our lesson program. She has always been a bit picky about her rider, but lately she has been coming to a dead stop in the middle of a trot and refusing to go forward. Sometimes she'll back a few steps, other times she'll act like she'll buck (though I've yet to see her do it).
I worried this was something that just started happening all of a sudden, but after talking to past trainers, they said she would do the same thing. It has gotten to the point now I do not use her for lessons.
I'm willing to work with the mare but struggle to find time as I ride and train daily at our show barn in addition to teaching at our lesson barn. I do lunge her when I have an opportunity, and she has no problem trotting and cantering.
If anyone has dealt with something similar and would like to share their experiences, it would be very appreciated!
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-01-2012, 12:32 PM
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Is it with ANY rider or particular riders? Is lessons all she does? How often is she used (prior to you stopping using her) for lessons? When was her last full vetting, chiro, etc? When was her tack last checked for proper fit?
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I have dealt with one like this, she wasnt a TB though, she was an Andalusian. Pain in the butt to get to trot forward. All i can say is use alotttt of leg, and keep cookies (treats) in your pocket while you ride, and give one to her each time she is successful at the trot. Sometimes positive reward is the key. It was for the Andalusian i dealt with.
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Is it with ANY rider or particular riders? Is lessons all she does? How often is she used (prior to you stopping using her) for lessons? When was her last full vetting, chiro, etc? When was her tack last checked for proper fit?
Thank you for both of the replies.
It is not with any particular rider she does this. She has done some local circuit shows in the past years but is currently only used as a lesson horse. At the very most she is used 2-3 times per week for an hour. Otherwise she is on turnout weather permitting. I was initially concerned about a medical issue but after observing her on turnout, lunging, and free jumping, I feel it's more of a training issue. A visit from the vet and his opinion certainly wouldn't hurt though.
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maybe she just has it in her head that the riders can't make her, so she stops and threatens... lots of lesson horses can get this way - don't really have a fix for you though - maybe stronger riders who are prepared to push her through the tantrum?
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-01-2012, 01:46 PM
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I would be checking saddle fit and back first, has this been done?
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Sick of ring work? Very common.
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Ace and Saddlebag took the words right out of my mouth. She sounds like a very typical schoolie. They get inexperienced riders on them day in day out, work out that they don't HAVE to go forward, so they don't. Why expend energy when you don't have to? They're smarter than we give them credit for!!

I'd be sticking some of the better riders on her for a while, and keep them on her fairly regularly for a tune up. She needs riders that will happily stick their reins in one hand and give her a smack over the backside if she doesn't go. Won't take long for her to sharpen up.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-01-2012, 09:40 PM
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Agree with Kayty. Wicked smart horse who has it all figured out. Either put riders on her who can immediately correct the stop, or give her some time off outside of the ring for awhile.

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