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        06-14-2008, 02:05 PM
    Would he win...?

    Hello everyone!

    I've been working with a barn sour horse lately. It's been a battle but I think we're getting better each time. However, there is one point where he will not go past. And I mean at all! Once he gets there, he keeps backing up. :/

    So I was wondering if it would be bad if I got off and walked him past that point. It seems like an easy way around the problem, but maybe not the best way... what do you guys think? Should I just keep working at it and little by little gain his confidence?
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        06-14-2008, 02:28 PM
    Green Broke
    I would say don't get off of him, and when he does that make him work harder, by doing circles and direction changes and stuff..... so that he thinks that spot means more work and not good things.......

    Also to prevent him getting more barn sour ride him away from the barn when you are done riding and lead him back
        06-14-2008, 02:32 PM
    I would suggest walking him up to it. Like, don't ride half way and walk the rest (unless it's quite a distance away)

    He might feel more comfortable with someone on the ground, rather than on his back.

    Also, don't think about that spot. You might be tensing up or expecting something to happen, if you think happy thoughts and visualize you and your horse just walking right by it might help :)
        06-14-2008, 03:18 PM
    I say walk him up to it. Do it gradually so he'll be more comfortable. ;)
        06-14-2008, 06:08 PM
    My advice would be to take him for a walk in hand. My wb started freaking out at a certain point in the arena and I was struggling to deal with it from the saddle (im not a big person and he's huge and simply over powers me sometimes.)

    I decided one afternoon to take him for a walk around the arena while doing this to directly keep his attention on me not the monster hiding in the trees that is going to jump out and eat him the first couple of times he lifted his head to look and I instantly changed directions away from the scary place. Then I would run with him for a while and stop and try to go past again. After a little while he just had his head down as he walked past the spot and hasnt had an issue with it since.

    Make sure that whatever you do you are 100% confident in what you do or he will sense that and instinctively feed off your fear.

    Approach and retreat is another method. Walk your horse to the spot where he will go no further but don't push that threshold. When he stops turn around and walk away a little. Turn around and go again. Each time you want to be getting a little bit further than the last time. Never push him past his threshold though as that can make things a whole lot worse.

    Good luck

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