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post #11 of 17 Old 02-26-2008, 06:31 PM
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I have the same problem with my gelding. He looks well behaved in the pic to the left, but boy does he love to eat. I may have created the problem when on lead, only because I take him out to hand graze alot. I like when he can get some good green grass, especially at the end of the season when the grass isn't as plentiful in the pastures.

However, it has developed in to a problem when bridled. Sometimes I hate taking him out on a trail ride because I have to fight with him most of the way over the grass. It really gets annoying. I hate pulling back on the reins because I don't want to cause a hard mouth so I try to circle him only to get about another 10 feet before he traies again. Most of the time what is supposed to turn out to be a nice relaxing trail ride, turns into a work session and we usually don't get to go very far.
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post #12 of 17 Old 02-26-2008, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hackin'around, I have a feeling my gelding would end up doing the same if I used food as a reward. I don't even give him treats, that is how bad he is...instead if he is good, he gets lovin'. He previous owner brought him up on rubs and "good boys" and he appreciates it, so I will stick with that. I can just see allowing him to eat grass as a reward turning bad.
I do understand every horse is different and what works for one may not work for another. I am looking forward to trying out these great suggestions to see which works for my boy!
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post #13 of 17 Old 02-27-2008, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by tim
I would personally never use food as a motivator for your horse, it will put your entire training program on the foundation of food. It's pretty shaky ground. The horse just needs to learn that it's not acceptable. Don't allow it ever.
I agree. I did try the rewarding approach people suggested and it worked completely opposite way. They both didn't get point at all, but got much worse (up to the point my qh started to strike at me when I tried to stop her from grazing). So if I lead them, sorry but NO GRASS, it's work time.
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post #14 of 17 Old 02-27-2008, 07:30 AM
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well Junior used to have that problem and was pretty head strong like he could drag someone to the ground for food. So tugging didn't work so well with me. My method was a working method. I would make him turn tight circles when ever he did it.

Simply you just turn and hit his butt while pulling him torwards you into a tight circle. Or i give him a little slap on the chest.
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post #15 of 17 Old 02-27-2008, 07:56 AM
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Every horse is different I have discovered. My current horse I can let her graze on the halter and when I give her the kiss sound she knows its time to go. Same on the trail, if I lead her to a nice green patch say whoa and relax the reins she know its ok to lower her head and take a few nibbles. Some horses you just can't do that with. When that type is in halter and under your control theres no eating, period, no treats ever and no grazing. They just have to seperate food from work and use verbal praise and pets as a reward for a good job.
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post #16 of 17 Old 02-27-2008, 05:34 PM
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I would use a chained lead rope.

"Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness."
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post #17 of 17 Old 02-27-2008, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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It's a miracle!!! I lead him around this afternoon and when he tried to put his head down, it wasn't tug-of-war to get him back up quickly.

Thank you for all of your suggestions! I ended up trying the "head up," circle to the left and tag on the butt. It only took about five times before he caught on. By the time we were finished, all I had to say was "head up" and that is what he did. Trust me...I really tempted him! I even walked him up to the hay cart and he stood obediently! I am hoping that this works for good. We will work on it as needed for a while to really make it stick!

I am sure some of you can REALLY appreciate leading a horse who FINALLY doesn't try to make a buffet of a walk to the barn or elsewhere!

Thanks again!
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