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post #1 of 8 Old 06-06-2011, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Trotting...any ideas?

I have a percheron paint cross. He is a resucue PMU baby that I got from some friends of mine two years ago...They sent him to a trainer and he kinda got after him more than necesaary with a whip while training(man use to trainning quarter horses. No excuse though.). Max does know how to trot when in the round pen and when lunging but when you get on him all he wants to do is walk. You can squeeze hard, kick him, and I have tried spurs(english spurs nothing crazy) and urge him on, but he stops dead oin his tracks and absolutely refuses to continue. He is scarred to death if you give him a small pop to get him to speed up. Does anyone have any suggestions for my Max. He is a joy and wonderful horse to be around and ride.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-06-2011, 09:29 PM
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Can you post a video of this behavior?
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-06-2011, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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I can try. Usually when I have time to ride I am the only on home. I can definitely figure something out though.
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I actually have a draft paint cross as well who has a stubborn, lazy side like yours. She's only 3 and we are just getting over the same sort of issues. She will refuse to move forward and plant her feet, the only difference is that when pushed my girl will rear.

I started putting my mare on a lunge line with a rider, either I was on her or the one holding the line. When she looked like she was about to balk and act up the person on the ground would be there to get after her and ask her to move forward. Eventually she started to realize she wouldn't get away with it and now will listen to her rider.

I would see if you can get someone to help you on the ground. Your horse is choosing to ignore your cues. If he lunges well he might be happier to listen to someone on the ground, and if he really is confused it will be something he understands and can connect to the aids you are giving him. Either way he'll quickly realize it's easier just to listen to his rider.
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I actually have a draft paint cross as well who has a stubborn, lazy side like yours. She's only 3 and we are just getting over the same sort of issues. She will refuse to move forward and plant her feet, the only difference is that when pushed my girl will rear.

I started putting my mare on a lunge line with a rider, either I was on her or the one holding the line. When she looked like she was about to balk and act up the person on the ground would be there to get after her and ask her to move forward. Eventually she started to realize she wouldn't get away with it and now will listen to her rider.

I would see if you can get someone to help you on the ground. Your horse is choosing to ignore your cues. If he lunges well he might be happier to listen to someone on the ground, and if he really is confused it will be something he understands and can connect to the aids you are giving him. Either way he'll quickly realize it's easier just to listen to his rider.
See that is where I am completely dumbfounded(no clue how to spell sorry). Me and a friend actually did the entire lung while I am riding him and giving him cues and he was fine. A factor that may be playing into all this too is I have not been able to ride as much lastely. I am working almost four jobs and I have to start school back in the summer. I will definitely start working him again and put the round pen back together so I can start there.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-07-2011, 08:50 AM
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What you need to try is when the horse freezes and won't move forward is it take up rein slack in either direction with the horse's neck bent and hold it there until the horse takes even only one step in direction of the shortened rein. What happens is the horse moves in the direction of the shortened rein, because it's neck muscles finally say, "Okay". Be prepared for this to take several seconds, minutes or possibly an hour, it all depends on the horse. A word of caution is be prepared for any reponse other than a step in the direction of bend. Give a lot of praise and pats of accomplishment.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-07-2011, 12:51 PM
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If you could ride with another horse and put your horse in a following position. Get out and move ! Get some life into his feet. Canter acrossa field. You "chase" the other horse. Unstick him.
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All the ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank you. Going to begin tomorrow :)
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