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post #11 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Well this is really just a scenario... I was just curious to know what other people would do. Although, I have worked with a horse like this before, and all I did was take a long line and a lunging whip and got her feet moving by running up and down the field! She had a blast, as did I. I would change directions suddenly and she'd follow me, tossing her head and bouncing around, like she was playing with another horse. I played with her, and made things interesting. Needless to say I was exhausted in the end, but I got her responding very well and she had fun in the process.

I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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post #12 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 12:22 AM
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I treat him like any other horse who may or may not have that issue; if I have to get harsher with my cues to "MOVE NOW!" I do...the most important thing here IS to start out soft, and get progressively "louder" with your body language, and physical cues. A soft horse can get pushy, just as much as a dominant type horse can be soft and responsive; It doesn't matter, you just have to be consistent, and persistent, and not be afraid to up your cues as necessary.

One of my friends recently was leasing an older Arab gelding, and she was complaining about how 'hard' he was to cues, and that he had no respect for stick, or lead...well I went with her one afternoon, and one of her friends who had been helping her with him prior to that was working with him; she had the concept of 'get his feet moving' okay, but she did nothing to up her cues to assert that concept, so the horse just kind of ignored her, and moved when and where he wanted. Now this horse did not know how to lunge or yield his hip or shoulder either, that was pretty obvious; or atleast if he did, he certainly knew he didn't have to. So when the owner asked her friend to hand him over to me, I woke that boy up pretty quickly; I asked for the stick (they hadn't been using it, because he "ignored it"), I bent his head toward me, and started rythmically tapping his rear, lightly at first, (which of course he ignored) and just kept on increasing, and finally he moved his hip over really fast! I stopped, and praised him, and started over again, he took shorter to move over. When he was moving fluidly with his hip, both left and right, I tackled the shoulder, which he had demonstrated his 'will run over you' technique with earlier. Again, I started lightly, which he ignored and started coming toward me, so I whacked him pretty hard, and he decided to move the way i wanted him too, I released...after that, he responded to much lighter pressure. See it doesn't take a whole lot of persuasion to get even a harder horse to move, it just takes the proper amount of pressure and release. That old boy was getting the concept of lunging before I left as well.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."

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