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    01-13-2009, 03:26 AM
Originally Posted by CacheDawnTaxes    

When I lead him from the field to the barn, he's started to play and grab his own lead rope and he holds on to it all the way to the barn. He's only a baby and as much as I want to yell at him for doing that, I also know he's a baby and is probably going thru a baby punk phase so here is what I did....I went and got a stud chain. It's cold outside and just not fun to eat a freezing cold chain.Problem solved. No longer does that.
OT kinda but, I have a yearling miniature stallion that does this and I wanted to point out that the cold stud chain being left as the choice to chew on does not always stop them, mine is perfectly happy with the chain, lol.
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    01-13-2009, 04:02 AM
After the day she went to kick at me and I gave her tap on the bum I think she has got the point. I was lounging her yesterday and she didnt kick or even turn to kick [I was proud] but she did have a few leaps but they werent near me so I just let her do it.

Thanks for all the help.

Also if she does kick undersaddle should I get off and make her run around the round yard?
    01-13-2009, 03:15 PM
If she kicks undersaddle I would get off and lunge her for a few minutes till she gets over it and then get back on.
    01-13-2009, 04:24 PM
Originally Posted by minihorse927    
If she kicks undersaddle I would get off and lunge her for a few minutes till she gets over it and then get back on.
If I were you though I wouldn't attempt riding her yet until she is totally safe on the ground. Its mostly a trust in your horse horse trusts in you matter.
    01-13-2009, 05:47 PM
I agree with Minihorse, for the most part horses respond well to lunging. When she does it, I would get off lunge her out for a few minutes and then get back on. If she keeps doing it, lunge her again, but then don't try and ride her again. If you need to lunge her out for a second time, I would be done after that, take small steps don't overload her. Then come back in a day or so and try it again. Good luck to you!
    01-13-2009, 05:53 PM
If I don't get back on the second time isnt that giving in to her?
Well Im guessing she is kicking out because she doesnt want to do work and is trying to get me off her back, since she isnt in any pain. So not getting back on is letting her win, from what I can gather I'm meant to be the boss.

Maybe I should just give her back of a quieter horse. Anyway Im going out to ride her today, I will make her lounge when she kicks out undersaddle but hopefully she wont do it.
    01-13-2009, 06:12 PM
Its not letting her win if she knows that kicking out equals more work. When you lunge her out, really push at her at her and get her to move. I know this because my three year old tries this crap from time to time. She knows that hard lunging comes from when she is being naughty. You don't want to overload her because that is only going to make the issue worse. She should learn to associate hard lunging with being naughty.
    01-13-2009, 06:19 PM
Not getting back on the second time is not letting her win. Just make sure those lunging lessons are hard work, don't take it easy on her! Like I said before, when lunging her before you ride her, it will help out with the kicking under saddle also. If she does kick undersaddle I would definitely lunge her but if she continues to kick once you get back on just leave the day with a hard lunging lesson. She will pick it up eventually that kicking=more work and that it does not get her out of work. It takes time and patience, don't expect to see results overnight. These thing take time and lots of patience and understanding.
    01-14-2009, 03:50 AM
I lounged her before I rode today and she behaved. No leaping, no bucking, no kicking. The only time she kicked undersaddle was when she got a little lazy and I had to actually work to get her moving, and when Mum had to encourage her with the lounging whip. Other then that she was good.
    01-14-2009, 04:00 PM

You have too show her whoos boss and if your leading her in and she trys too kick yank on the holter and say " STOP IT " lowdly... always wear a helmet round her when doing her feet or changing her rugs. Or if you need to go too extreme and get a whip or schooling whip and smack her on the bum..... and check the saddle fit and bridle and check for pains around the body.... like teeth or back or legs or but soreness.... anyway I hope I've been a help and hope you get on with your horse

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