Heave Ho!...Won't GO!! Help!
So, my new horse hasn't rode in awhile, I bought her and am
trying to get her back riding again. She rides just fine normally
when someone is on her back and someone is leading her.
However, I decided to give the bridle a try yesterday,
without the help of someone leading me (I use a snaffle
bit), and she walked a few steps and stopped a planted
her feet. We tried everything to make her go, we tried
bumping her, tapping her on the rump,
everything imaginable. I even tried turning her
head sharply so she would have no choice but to
move a few steps, she turned her head, but her body
and feet stayed planted. :?
We tried over and over. Either I am not approaching
this situation right or she is stubborn. :(
I really wanna get this ole' girl going again, she is a sweet
horse, and I really need some suggestions to make her start
ok.. at the risk of getting a good tounge lashing from others :) Did you try to do more than "bump" or "tap" ? What about voice commands? What about spurs? What about a crop? What about shifting your weight? I'm not really sure how to answer your question...I mean you can "make" a horse move... Were you trying to be super gentle with the ol gal or something? I've never had that problem but I remember my grandpa grabbing whatever was handy and smacking the horse on the butt and and saying move or go or walk with authority...and the horse would go.. sometimes faster than I wanted but it would go. I'm thinking you were sending mixed signals...
I tried to be careful while on her, I mean she is a new horse
that hasn't rode in awhile and she hasn't really gained my
trust yet if you know what I mean. We tried more than just
bumping and tapping her, my fiance even smacked her on
the butt and she acted as if she couldn't even feel it, lol.
I also used lots of voice commands, shifted my weight
several times, and I don't use spurs. I do have a crop
though, I KNOW I can make her move, I'm just trying
to be gentle with a new horse. She also has a baby,
which that could be the reason she didn't go
anywhere because the baby didn't follow. :?
She may be new, but she needs to learn how to go, LOL! :P
I'd use the crop a few times, to get her moving. ;) Keep trying.
I am in no way telling you to be mean. I didn't know she had a little one at her side. I was just throwing some Ideas out there.
I think what you could do, and this is just my opinion. pull her off balance. Grab the reins or whatever, and just lean back, just keep tension on the reins so that your weight is making it hard for her to maintain balance in her current spot.. just keep up that tension, until she finally gives up and moves, and when she moves you could relieve the tension and just try and keep her goin, by voice command, smack on the rumf, etc.. and if she tops again, then do the tension thing again..
Also, try turning her in circles. ;)
& squeeze a LOT with your legs!
Try some backing. Get those feet moving anyway you can. Just don't run over the baby, lol.
I'd hit her with the lead rope a couple times on her shoulder.
Try leading the baby away and see if Mom will follow.
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