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post #1 of 9 Old 11-17-2013, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Working barn sour horse but fighting bit

18yr tenn walker mare - She is very barn sour. I have taken her on trail rides with other herd members but she always has a fast pace back to the barn and doesn't listen. I try and work with her in the barn area but lately as soon as we step out of the barn and I get on she runs back to the barn and fights the bit when I try to work her in the area (and any other area). She will shake her head and lift it and move it every which way. I want to use light hands and not put a lot of pressure on the reins because I get the same reaction. How can I get her to stop fighting the bit? I do flexion with her every time and she does great on the ground. Also I lease her and only see her on the weekends. Her teeth have been checked.
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-17-2013, 07:23 PM
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Well your going to have to work with her more then 2 days a week to fix her issues. Horse like that needs 6 days a week and alot of hours put in.
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I wonder if you trying a different bit might help. Also, I would dismount on the way back to barn, when she will stand still. Take her in, and if there is a place to tie her that's safe, then leave the saddle on her and let her deal with it. When she relaxes, get back on and ride her in arena. It it just a tip. Try though to make sure you are relaxed under saddle. The older ones can sometimes be a bit challenging!
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-17-2013, 09:30 PM
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So is it a part lease or full?
2 days a week is going to take a long time to fix.
Is there a coach at the barn you can work with?
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-17-2013, 10:25 PM
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Have you tried a riding crop? Sometimes a smack behind your leg takes the stupid out of them as the horse knows you mean business. She may shoot forward so be sure you don't inadvertently yank her mouth. I rode so many that did that. I like to use a snaffle and will haul the horse around in a tight circle. I'll hold the crop in the inside hand and deliver light smacks to make the hindquarters move away from it. Only when the horse begs to quit that is the time to ride away from the barn. As soon as it scotches on you, back to the barn and more tight circles. Make that horse eat it's tail. Then ride away again. It will soon want to leave home because it's a whole lot easier.

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post #6 of 9 Old 11-17-2013, 11:35 PM
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Horses like this know better and need a darn good sort out.
She chucks her head because it is a good way of evading contact and getting her own way.
No doubt that if I were to take her out it would be a long stick, pair of spurs and a firm contact whether she liked it or not.
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thanks for the suggestions! I was working with her 3 days a week and saw a little improvement some days but I can only go out on the weekends now since its dark by the time I get off work and there is no indoor arena. I will try a crop next time but I had a feeling she needs a lot of work every day and a trainer also. I like a challenge but this one I think needs full attention every day and work.
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Thank goodness this is a leased horse and not one you've purchased
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Yes! She is only used for trail rides which isn't very often and she is left in the pasture with all of her herd 99% of the time. I would love to have the time to really work with her but I don't. She has lots of potential but needs to really be trained.
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