Always wanting to be with other horses?
The horse I have been riding for my past few lessons is being quite difficult when I have a lesson with other people. He hates being away from the other horses, when I am at the back of the group and try to slow him down so we are spaced out, he is really resistant and tense, and when he is slow as soon as I relax a bit he speeds up again. Sometimes my instructor asks me to do a small circle away to space us out, and it is really difficult, when I use my legs he ignores that and when I use my reins he will just turn his head. Eventually he will do it but it takes a minute or so. Whenever I have to do something by myself he will act up, throw his head around and keep wanting to be back with the others. Once he just decided he wanted to go over to them and just ignored what I was saying.
I don't want to be one of those riders who blames everything on the horse, so is this my riding that is causing this, and what can I do to prevent him from acting like this? It's never happened with any other horse I've ridden.
We learn most from the difficult horses, because they test us and show us where we're weakest. This horse isn't listening to you because you're not actively taking the leadership role.
But I don't know what I can do to take the leadership role :? When I'm trying to do a circle away I get told to look behind me, and use my leg and reins but he still doesn't listen so I don't know what to do.
He will only slow down if I pull back on the reins, so is that what I should do?
horse like that is 'buddy-sour' similar to barn sour. ive seen a few crazy ones like that. im surprised one like this is being used for lessons. he needs a very strong experienced rider. IMO
he needs to be taken away from the training area. off by himself on some trails and ridden. he'd do better, no doubt.
OP, you probably do have the skills to ride this horse, it's justanother learning step for you as up to now you have just had compliant horses - do as you we're doing, and add firmness. When you use your legs to move him away from the others, add a firm kick if he ignores you or does it reluctantly. Get cross with him (but only for that moment, don't hold a grudge). If he tries to steer back to the others, be firm with your hands and kick him on away from them.
Don't worry, it's just a learning curve and fairly common for riding school horses. Also - do talk to your instructor! That's why you are paying them money! :-)
I am experiencing similar problems with the mare that I just bought.
the farm she was being boarded at before I bought her she would go anywhere do almost anything (i rode her at least 1/2dozen times through varrying conditions)
when we brought her home she paired up with the gelding and now she is a real pain to take away from him. goes from a sweet horse to a hot horse quickly.
I would say try to get some private lessons on that horse so you don't have to worry about other horses in the ring and then you the horse and the trainer can work on your assertiveness to keep pushing the horse that 1 step farther towards what YOU want the horse to do.
In order to get this horse's attention off of the other horses, you must get his attention focused on you and what you're asking. Keep his mind thinking on work. Mix it up. Transistions, spirals, bending excercises, figure 8's, different patterns. Work him mentally as well as physically. Horses like this can be a challenge, but its how we all learn and become better riders.
I have the same exact problem with my horse. Whenever I ride him away from the barn and the other horses he tenses up or keeps looking back towards the barn or whenever I'm out on the trail he always speeds up whenever we are heading in the direction towards where the other horses are.
What I have found to work and so has someone else at the barn is that whenever my horse started to ignore my commands even after I was using my legs and pulling his head away from the other horses, I bring him to a stop, get off him, and start making him do work like circles. This is teaching him that every time he wants to go back to the barn he is going to get worked and he'll realize that if he doesn't attempt to go back, he won't get worked. Whenever I ride I put his rope halter under his bridle so when I have to get off I just unhook my reins from his bit and attach the one end to the rope halter to use the reins as a rope. You could also have a lead line attached to the rope halter and then tied to your saddle which is a lot easier.
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