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7Ponies 06-03-2009 06:32 PM

Well, that was fun... NOT!
Rode my horse today. When we got out of eye sight of the barn, she decided she didn't want to leave the barn and she put it in reverse and just started backing up.

Kicking her forward, didn't work.
Trying to circle her, didn't work.
Smacking her on the butt, didn't work.

I finally just asked her to back, and kept her doing it until I told her to quit.

That worked.

Geez Louise, I think we have a little bit of a sour attitude happening ;)

GypsyTally921 06-03-2009 06:35 PM

Ha; my older mare used to pull this nonsense on trail about a block or two from the barn... she'd decide she didn't want to go forward anymore, so she'd spin around towards home, but I wouldn't let her head in that direction so she'd just back up. I cured her of it eventually by then doing exactly what you did, which was just keep backing up til she turned around again of her own accord and moved out. I didn't care if she moved away from the barn forward, sideways, or backward, as long as she was moving away from it, and not towards it :)

Vidaloco 06-03-2009 06:43 PM

I had a mare that used to do that except it was closer to home....the gate :lol: She was fine once we got past a certain point but it took lots of rein work keeping her pointed in the right direction. Keep working at it, getting a little farther every day. You'll get so you know her comfort zone and can be prepared when she puts on the brakes and throws it in reverse.

7Ponies 06-03-2009 06:44 PM

Glad to know it's not just happened to me! Thanks for sharing your experience!

7Ponies 06-03-2009 06:46 PM

Vidaloco, I'm hoping she won't do it again ;) We'll see what happens on our next ride. I'm trying to rebuild my confidence, when she does stuff like this, it doesn't help much. But I have to stop and remember that not only have I not ridden in 10 years... neither has she! So we must work through this stuff together.

yankee doodle 06-07-2009 12:52 AM

I have had a little of this with my horse, so I tried a Clinton Anderson technique on him for barn sour horses. It seems to have worked (fingers crossed). The technique is to let him stay where he wants but to really work him hard in that area. He will then sees the barn as an area where he works hard and therefore the horse will want to take the easier option of less work away from the barn.
Here is the link to the training video:

riccil0ve 06-07-2009 01:40 AM

I do agree with everyone else, you handled it well. While trail riding with my horse, sometimes she gets "stuck" and won't go forward, and then proceeds to go backwards, so we simply walk backwards in the direction I want to go. After a few strides I would turn her around and try forward again, and if she wasn't ready, we'd go backwards. She did this once while deciding she didn't want to go up a hill, and she learned that backing up a hill is a lot harder than just walking up it, lol. =]

7Ponies 06-07-2009 12:47 PM

Thanks for the information everyone!!

On our ride today, she did it WORSE than before, I actually got off her and walked her to the end of the field (I was determined to get there). Then I mounted her there (that was a scream... I need my step ladder to get on her at the barn!!!) and we rode around the field doing slow circles. We really worked through it today, and I'm anxious to see on our next ride if some of it is sinking in with her :)

yankee doodle 06-07-2009 11:17 PM

Hi, omg it sounds like what I've gone through a little. My horse loves to test me (i've not had him long). This made my friend roll around laughing. I pushed my horse on and he started pig rooting. So I gave him a good telling off, so he then tried his next trick which was to take off at speed down hill towards the barn and his friends. The hill was really steep, so I decied not to do a one rein stop, I did not want him to fall. The ground was really soft and uneven. We came up to the fence he did a fantastic sliding stop. i then circled him and took him back to where we originally started. Guess what - he did it again! Back down the steep hill this time with a tight turn and a sliding stop next to a massive thorny bush. I really wanted to get off but was brave and stayed with it. We did lots of circle work at a jog untill he was sweating buckets. He has not done it since, two much work and his plan did not work. It was a great buzz for me and I decovered my seat was a lot better than I thought.

Lonestar22 06-13-2009 02:59 AM

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haha i had a mare that would do that. I always rode bareback and she was a big mare so i never got off unless i absolutely had to. I rode with split reins and as soon as she started to think about stopping and backing or turning she got a pop on the shoulder. soon she would think about it and feel my hand grab the rein and it was quick off her mind. I loved that mare even though she gave me alot of

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