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what to do when your horse doesn't want to go there...

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get off and go first with him following behind. 3 18.75%
stay on and nudge him until he does. 13 81.25%
send him thru first then I/u go thru. 0 0%
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    08-17-2011, 11:07 PM
what to do when your horse doesn't want to go there...

My horse is chlastrophobic and doesn't like going thru narrow trails or gates when riding so I was woundering what the best thing to do is and how to fix it?
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    08-17-2011, 11:37 PM
I don't have a problem with narrow trails/gates so much, but as far as ditches etc.
....Depends on the situation. I will first try to get her to walk through (while riding) but if I feel unsafe about it (like she's going to bolt/jump/etc.) I will get off. Cross. Walk to the end of my lead rope (it's long) incase she jumps, I don't want her to land on me!! Then ask her to come over. - I can hand walk her through fire and brimstone. But riding her is another story. :P
    08-17-2011, 11:53 PM
Ya my horse is like that as far as handwalking. Great advice thanks!
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    08-18-2011, 01:52 AM
Any. As long as the horse goes where you want, doesn't matter where you are in relation to the horse (mounted/in front/behind)
    08-18-2011, 05:41 AM
It depends on situation. Usually still mounted I try to move her. If she's really affraid I don't nudge her, try to move her many times, come closer and go away, and come closer and so on and finally she will come through. And in some cases getting off is best.
    08-18-2011, 06:01 AM
Green Broke
Start at home. Have an object in the ring/paddock and put it so many feet away from the fence. Lunge your horse between the fence and this object. The more comfortable your horse gets with that distance put the object closer each time to the fence and lunge your horse in between. Does this make sense?
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    08-18-2011, 06:12 AM
My horse know she has to keep walking so when we get to a "sticky" spot that she knows she has to cross I won't interfere with her. I let her figure it out by herself. I went to a lake once where she thought the water was really scary at first. Then without any encouragement she figured out it wasn't scary and literally jumped right in. I almost fell off lol
    08-18-2011, 07:08 AM
Horses are claustrophobic by nature. You can practice at home until your horse will literally go anywhere you point her but you can't prepare for every contingency. What this preparation does is to train your horse that refusal is not an option.

That being said, I never get off my horse if she refuses to go somewhere - ever. Not only is it dangerous, it rewards your horse that stopping means rider dismount. I don't care if it takes all day - my horse is going to go forward. The preparation/training I did at home comes into play and I'll use several methods to move her but all from the saddle.

When any refusal happens on the trail while riding with friends, the rider with the problem announces "training break" and we'll wait for however long it takes to correct the problem - offering suggestions and any help required.
    08-18-2011, 07:12 AM
I like the "training break" you suggested irh! I'll take it into account when I'm on the trail next time with friends!
    08-18-2011, 08:02 AM
Green Broke
Good idea with the training break. But I still stand by my suggestion and start training at home where it is safe.
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