What can i do with him?

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    12-16-2010, 06:26 PM
What can i do with him?

So I can't ride charlie at the moment because his GP saddle is pinching, he's getting a new one asap though.
I was wondering what I can do with him as ground work?
He's very pushy & refuses to stand still alot of the time.
I've noticed he's really grumpy when I put rugs on him etc. (puts his ears back & trys to nip at me) is there anything I can do to stop this?
& basically just need something to do with him to keep him from getting bored.
I've been lunging him etc but I think he's getting a little fed up with that lol
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    12-16-2010, 07:02 PM
Green Broke
Work on the pushiness and standing still. Work with the rug being put on. How long have you had him and has he always been grumpy about the rug? Today one of my neighbors took her horse out for a jog by hand. Try that!
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    12-16-2010, 07:04 PM
Green Broke
If you want him worked, geta sursingle and side reins and that will work, id work on desisntizing him to touch again
    12-16-2010, 07:04 PM
Had him a few months now, and yeah he's always been grumpy with the rugs. Only seems to be the heavy weight rug he gets grumpy about though. Don't know if its because im a short arse and its hard for me to get it up over his back so I have to throw it on lol I can imagine that would be annoying.
    12-16-2010, 07:21 PM
Green Broke
I can imagine but take a lighter rug or saddle pad and start with that. When you throw the heavy one on do any of the buckles hit him? Do you have a area to excersise him?
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    12-16-2010, 07:25 PM
No I make sure none of the buckles hit him & he starts putting his ears back before I even put the rug on its when I go towards him with the rug. & yeah we have a lunging paddock & a jumping paddock.
    12-16-2010, 07:48 PM
Green Broke
Ok. Take him out there and take a saddle pad and move towards him. Give him some slack on the lead so if he wants to move away he can but not to much. If when you move toward him and he moves away, move with him until he stops moving his feet. Take it away and do it again until he stops moving. Eventually you can throw it on his back.

With that, throw it on take it off and repeat until he is relaxed.

With him being pushy, what does he do?
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    12-16-2010, 07:59 PM
Okay thank you.
& he shoves me with his head alot, and when im leading him he pretty much walks on top of me or drags me. & he will quite happily move whether im in his way or not, I get shoved out the way lol
    12-16-2010, 08:12 PM
It sounds like ground work is just what you need! Make sure to do a lot of practicing on him giving you your space, and if you give an inch he may take a mile so be very clear about your expectations for when he will walk, when he will stop, and how far away from you he'll be while leading! Steadily increasing commands are a good way to work on most ground work. Give a gentle command, and continue to increase your command if he doesn't listen. That doesn't mean beating your horse, obviously, it just means to increase the cue. Clinton Anderson style with the increasing pressure, if you have read/watched any of his stuff my post might make more sense.
    12-16-2010, 08:16 PM
Originally Posted by KawaiiCharlie    
he shoves me with his head alot, and when im leading him he pretty much walks on top of me or drags me. & he will quite happily move whether im in his way or not, I get shoved out the way lol
Wow, I'd be very afraid of getting hurt by this horse. I would absolutely start putting a stop to this behavior immediately. One of mine used to be a little pushy when being led and I started carrying a crop when leading. As soon as she tried to get ahead I gave her a very light tap on the nose with it. And if she kept going when I stopped I tapped her butt and made her go in a circle around me. She isn't pushy by nature, just poorly trained in that area, so I cured her quickly. It sounds like your guy is going to need you to be more forceful. You may need a training halter or even a shank (a nose chain) so that you have more control until you break him of this.

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