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    11-15-2013, 07:39 PM
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Foal
Training Tips for my Quarter Horse

Hey,
I have a 6 year old Quarter horse who is already trained for western pleasure. He gives me a lot of issues though, he tests my authority. When walking him from the pasture to the barn he'll rear, bite, and even attempt to buck and take off running. When you get on to ride him, he won't move, he'd rather just stand around and do nothing. I've been patient, done a ton of ground work, and nothing is helping. He has no respect for me or anyone that handles him. He comes from a great family line, and recently his sire went to Wicked Equine and was trained and sold. His dam is a 4h horse. He was babied at his last home and I think that's where he picked up a lot of these habits. I don't know what to do anymore and I really don't want to sell him. Any tips would be amazing.
Thank You,
Sharayah
     
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    11-15-2013, 08:39 PM
  #2
Weanling
Yes, this is a leadership issue. He was not put on his place before, and is now testing you. I suggest that you keep up with the ground work, but make it more about him submitting to you as a leader instead of it being about exercise or routine. I am not one to put up with any kind of abuse, but you may need to treat him like another horse would... If he charges, tries to bite, rear, whatever, another horse would kick or chase him...do the same within reason. My horse tried to bite me and I smacked her in the jaw bone ( a place that would not hurt her but get my point across). Again, not abusive beating, but same behavior another horse would use. When he is good, back off of him, when he acts up, let him know it's not acceptable....

Be fair but stern.
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    11-15-2013, 09:11 PM
  #3
Foal
Thank you! I'll try some of these things out. When I had my App gelding a lot of these issues were more mellow, as the App was the leader of the group and put Ace in his place all the time. Now that he's gone Ace has taken over the group and he's gotten more aggressive. I free lunge, it gives me more room to work and if he decides to flip out I don't end up getting dragged across the pen. I make him work until he lowers his head and moves his lips and his ears relax and are aimed at me. After doing this, I have his respect until he gets bored. He did bite me once in his stall (grabbed my shoulder and my jacket) and dragged me across the stall. I hit him with the wooden handle of the pitch fork id been using. I feel bad for doing it, but he hasn't attempted to bite me since, he'll try with anyone else though. It's sad that I can't even bring him to a show without having to put him on complete lockdown because he's so unpredictable. You shouldn't be afraid that if you turn your back your horse may try to kill you, but that's what I have :/
     
    11-15-2013, 09:46 PM
  #4
Showing
Use a knotted halter and have a riding crop handy. As soon as he stops, push your lead rope toward his chest so it pulls his nose back and whap his chest. Make him hustle, this is no showmanship class. A horse is designed for forward movement so this is hard work. Back him a good 50' then walk him toward the gate. Each time he stalls, back him up farther. You may have to do this three or four times but he's figuring out it is much easier to walk with you than hurry backwards and horses like to conserve energy. He'll be so busy going backwards he won't get a chance to bit at you. BTW, when you do this look at him like you plan to kill him.
     
    11-16-2013, 02:58 AM
  #5
Green Broke
You need someone to work with you on the ground as your lack of experience is causing this. Your body language, handling mechanics or what have you are weak.

Someone there in person can see exactly what it is you are doing, but if you don't get some help, this horse will hurt you badly.

The things he is doing are because you are overhorsed at this point. Horse knows it is running the show.
     
    11-16-2013, 04:02 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Palomine    
You need someone to work with you on the ground as your lack of experience is causing this. Your body language, handling mechanics or what have you are weak.


I've had horses for 9 years so I don't lack experience. I trained an Arab cross and 3 miniature horses, and I started basics for tricks with Ace. I had a friend come over and work him and she's had horses for over 15 years and he did the same thing to her.

Someone there in person can see exactly what it is you are doing, but if you don't get some help, this horse will hurt you badly.

The things he is doing are because you are overhorsed at this point. Horse knows it is running the show.
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    11-16-2013, 07:54 AM
  #7
Yearling
I'd also stop free lunging. Get a halter on him and make him listen.
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    11-16-2013, 11:25 AM
  #8
Weanling
I too do not free lunge. To me it seems like begging a horse....please stop and face me, please look my way while you trot around.....no I keep a lead line on..when I want my horse's attention I get it. I demand respect and attention, I am not going to ask. My opinion only, but I think too many people baby a 1000 pound animal
     

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