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keithturner 09-11-2007 09:07 PM

Tough time with Troy today...
Well, my wife got home from work and wanted to ride a bit. He needs the exercise so I went out and we saddled him and Penny up. They do fine for about the first 10-15 minutes and then they do not want to do anything but get the tack off and go back into the pasture. No one could do anything with him. He would not respond. Well, I got up there and he started out just fine. We rode down the easement that leads to my neighbor's property and he did great. We got back towards the gate that leads into the pasture and he just stopped. I tried and tried to get him to turn and go the other way but he kept throwing his head and rared up and almost knocked my hat off my head. Finally I got him to go and we went around one more time and then I put him up. Does anyone know what may be causing this?

moonflame994 09-11-2007 09:15 PM

Re: Tough time with Troy today...
it sounds to me that your horse is a barn rat, or barn sour to fix this stop runnin to the barn, i you leave at a trot come back at a walk there are many ways to cure this i suggest you find a horse trainer.

meggymoo 09-12-2007 04:48 AM

Hi Keith,

I've moved this to Horse Training, as I think you'll have more response with it in there. :wink:

sweetypie16 09-12-2007 05:32 AM

Yes i would defintally agree with moonflame (nice name by the way :wink: ) But make sure he doesn't get it over you, smack him..... what ever it takes. If you don't, a minor problem will turn in to a majour one!!

When he trys to rear, pull his head to your knee. Horses can't rear with there head to their side.... :wink:

Let me know how he goes!! :D

Valentino 09-12-2007 08:58 AM

I have tried to read up on this in case I ever run into it...although luckily I haven't.

One thing to try is to walk the horse past the point of the problem & then get on.....and on the way back, get off some distance before that point & walk the horse back to the pasture/barn.

Another is to get off where he stops & make him yielding the hindquarters or bring a long lead with you & make him circle you for a few minutes. He will then associate that "spot" with work & may be relieved to leave it.

Sure hope you get him through this......

Donanuge 09-12-2007 01:19 PM

I agree with Valentino. Make him work at that point.

I wanted to post you, seeing that you're in Lucedale, small place, do you know any of the Brannan family? Some old friends of mine.

Just curious.

keithturner 09-12-2007 03:28 PM

No sir, I sure don't. We just moved here about 6 months ago and the only people I have met is Mr Mikey that lives behind me and Ms Amanda that runs the Duoble F COuntry Supply store. Oh, and a few people at the team penning events.

Thank you everyone for that advice. I am going to talk to my neighbor and see what he says. I am sure he has had this problem before. Hopefully he has the same suggestions as y'all.

jwhisperj 09-12-2007 06:52 PM

I agree, I would make him work very hard at the barn or point of issue.
I have a gelding who would practically rip my arms off and try to run the entire way home.
I would take a nice relaxing ride, stop and give him some treats make it alot of fun to go out and when we turned around every time he was hurried I would do surpintines (sp) and circles once we got home he had to trot and do anything I could think of that was very hard work. I would make him really sweat. It took several times of this and now he never hurries home. I still do it once in a while to remind him.

I also had a horse who would rear when he was throwing a tantrum.
BAD! The best I could do was to make sure I didn't pull on his mouth and make him want to go over backwards. The second you feel him start to shift his weight to his hind end, push with one leg and pull his head strait to your knee making him do very tight circles. Then continue on your way, he will most likely try it again and again the first couple rides but just keep turning him in tight circles make him know that him just thinking about that leads to LOTS of work for him.

Good luck and don't give up. I hope this helps.

keithturner 09-12-2007 07:21 PM

That really does help because it makes alot of sense. I will definitely try this next time we go out. We did not get to ride today because of the rain.

Something happened today for the first time since we brought him home. When we got home from my in-laws' house up the hill. I got out of my truck, in the rain, and whistled and called to Troy and he came running to me. He did not want attention from anyone but me. My question about this is, could what he and I went through with the fighting and him testing me yesterday given him a little more respect for me as a partner? THank you for your time.

keithturner 09-12-2007 07:24 PM


Originally Posted by meggymoo
Hi Keith,

I've moved this to Horse Training, as I think you'll have more response with it in there. :wink:

Thank you Ms mEggymoo:)

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