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i love my arab 07-17-2012 08:34 AM

how do i get my horse to follow when I lead
Hey guys, so today is the big day! I'm getting a horse today at 4 pm! Boy is a 10 year old paint horse gelding. I'm VERY excited! He is the perfect match for me' he has the greatest sense of humor, (someone said his brain alone is worth $10,000) he's a bombproof trail horse, and he always makes me happy! The only problem with this guy is when I want him to follow me when I lead him (with a halter and lead rope or bridle) he doesn't. You have to pull REALLY hard but he just kind of ignores it and plants his feet in the ground. Is there a way to get this guy to move when I ask? Without a whole tug of war? Thanks!

kitten_Val 07-17-2012 08:42 AM

Don't fight or try to drag him (you won't win anyway :wink: ), just keep a long stick or dressage whip with you and tap his bum asking him to move forward the minute he stops.

Congrats on new horse!

i love my arab 07-17-2012 08:47 AM

Ok thanks kitten val! I'll defintly try that!

Prinella 07-17-2012 09:02 AM

Using a long lead rope with leather poppers is another option. Swing the excess towards his belly/ bum and if need be let then pop him.
Basically the same theory as the dressage whip but saves you carrying another item.
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barrelbeginner 07-17-2012 10:14 AM

well, when my horses decide they dont wanna follow me and plant there feet, i make them move by swining the leadrope and making them move in circles? do you get what im saying?

because in a heard the leader can get the other horses to move all there feet, getting him to move his feet, he might understand that you are the leader and he should listen to you? maybe lol

MBFoley 07-17-2012 12:53 PM

The above responses will help with the actual leading but just as important is to get at the root of the problem, a lack of response to pressure. I am going through the same thing with my thoroughbred gelding, he usually follows good but if his mind wanders or he just doesn't feel like moving, he just stands there and all the tugging in the world doesn't do much good.

The best thing to do is to work on giving to pressure. Never pull straight forward, always pull off to the side, you will pull him off balance and he will move his feet to regain it. Movement of feet = high praise. I first tackled the issue yesterday (after sort of ignoring it for the few months I have had him) and it only took minutes to have him moving on light pressure.

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