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    08-14-2011, 09:40 PM
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Yearling
Thinking I made a mistake trading..help with training my horse?

So, a couple of weeks ago I traded my mare, for another one. I completely trusted my old mare, Sonya. And this new mare, Sadie, scares me. I am not as confident riding her, even though Sonya, wasn't even completely broke and Sadie is. I am scared to ride her! So I am trading back. So what I need to know is, can someone help me with teaching Sonya how to move forward under saddle. She has times she does, and times no matter what I do she's rooted to the ground! Help please? I love her and no matter howmuch work she needs I'm never selling her again!
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    08-14-2011, 10:30 PM
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Green Broke
Your best bet would be to consult with a trainer or instructor who can better see what the problem is and show you how to fix it. If you can't, have you tried dislodging her from standing still by turning her head and asking her to move?
     
    08-14-2011, 10:33 PM
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Weanling
If you have no experience finishing green horses, please consult a trainer or a coach for lessons. Maybe they can work with you so you can learn together with your horse?
     
    08-14-2011, 11:03 PM
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Yearling
Sadly, there are no instructors in my area...and SUJ, I have done that. For the most part she listens, but sometimes she just stands. Like my heels aren't even a bother to her ha!
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    08-14-2011, 11:07 PM
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Yearling
And really I don't have money for a trainer to be honest. I wish I did
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    08-15-2011, 12:43 AM
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Foal
Well since you can't see a trainer. Just be careful. Trainer tend to do the dirty work for you. Just in case you get in a pissing contest with your horse. Just kick her forward. Kick kick kick kick until she moves a step. Praise her, and let her walk around forward. Stop and do it again. DO this a few times and then quit. Let her know that's all you wanted
     
    08-15-2011, 11:56 AM
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Green Broke
The kicking thing can get pretty exhausting. And when you take a break the horse sees that as a release. I'm not saying it doesn't work. But if you add in turning the horses head and leaning the direction you want the horse to go the horse will more than likely move off quicker because you can dislodge it. I would also work on giving to pressure on the ground. Makes it easier when you are in the saddle. But I'm not an expert. Just trying to give helpful hints.
     
    08-15-2011, 01:50 PM
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Weanling
Well, I was hoping you could work WITH a trainer, not just pay one. Sometimes you can just talk to a trainer or they'll work with you and the horse, so not all will just "do the dirty work" for you. Instead of kicking I would apply steady leg pressure, it's much easier to keep doing for an extended time period. I would work on more ground work as well, lunging and teaching turning away from pressure. You need to be able to lightly poke your horse on the ground and it will step over. If this is not the case, work on that before riding. Maybe you could also teach voice commands while lunging, or free lunging. Most western horses I know are taught to move forward with a clucking sound and canter with a kissing sound. Also teach "whoa" It's too bad that you can't talk to a trainer, but I wish you the best of luck getting your horse to move forward =)
     
    08-15-2011, 08:18 PM
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Showing
Squeeze momentarily with your calf muscles then deliver a light tap with a riding crop about 6" behind your leg. If she doesn't move, again squeeze then deliver a stronger tap. If she hasn't moved by now, the next tap will be harder. Make sure you don't hit her after she moves or she will be confused. If she stops again, start again with the squeeze and light tap. Once she'd decided she's better off moving, often just touching with the crop. Or moving it will keep a horse from slowing down.
     
    08-15-2011, 08:25 PM
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Doe
Weanling
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So, a couple of weeks ago I traded my mare, for another one. I completely trusted my old mare, Sonya. And this new mare, Sadie, scares me. I am not as confident riding her, even though Sonya, wasn't even completely broke and Sadie is. I am scared to ride her! So I am trading back. So what I need to know is, can someone help me with teaching Sonya how to move forward under saddle. She has times she does, and times no matter what I do she's rooted to the ground! Help please? I love her and no matter howmuch work she needs I'm never selling her again!
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Why did you trade her out of interest?

Secondly how experienced are you and what have you done with Sonya previously?
     

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