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post #11 of 16 Old 10-07-2012, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Tracer View Post
I have never heard of a horse who doesn't want to go home.

What franknbeans said seems like a good idea, make going out onto the trails hard work and enforce that going home is a good thing. Of course, you don't want this to the extent that he becomes barn sour or bolts home.

I'm looking forward to hearing how you manage this.
lol hey, at least barn sour would be progress I go down and ride 4 days a week and go out on the trails every time, so next time i go I'll let you know how things went.
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-07-2012, 12:34 PM
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The stallion in my avatar wasn't even put under saddle until he was seven. He spent his life in a paddock until I started training him. There was NOTHING he enjoyed more than being ridden....anywhere.

When I started trail riding, he was the same. He just wanted to go forward, to new places. He had an insatiable curiosity. He did not like to turn around either, though his behavior was not as extreme as your horse's.

What is your horse's home life like? Is he stalled 24/7?
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post #13 of 16 Old 10-07-2012, 01:21 PM
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Yep, sounds like you have a horse that really enjoys being outside and going somewhere who really doesn't want to go back to his stall. Not sure how many miles of trails you have but I would think the best way to fix this is ride his butt off on those trails. He'll reach the point where he's tired enough that resting for a bit sounds good and will be ready to go back.
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post #14 of 16 Old 10-07-2012, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by SoCalCowgirl View Post
I like your method, the only thing is there's no area to really ride. Our trail is in a community park and is surrounded by hundreds of trees throughout the park. During the figure 8 I would weave him around the trees and that did seem to help get his mind back into focus. Maybe I could work him like that because theres no real open space out on the trail that's safe, as we also have people riding bikes, dogs, and runners that use the trails as well.
Just to clarify-I am talking about much more than refocusing......I am talking about sweat dripping, begging to stop WORK. That way the barn becomes his place to rest. I do the same thing with horses who act stupid at something they have seen a gajillion times. We work hard everywhere else, and the only time they are allowed to go to that place is when they want to rest.

Obviously you don;t keep doing it once they "get it", but sometimes they do need a little "refresher".......

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post #15 of 16 Old 10-07-2012, 08:44 PM
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I had a mare like that. She would go absolutely anywhere except back home. I normally don't believe in giving treats when we get back to the barn, but I did with her. With my horse, I think it was because she was confined to a small paddock and was bored. When I moved her to a new location, she did much better. She ended up being one of the best trail horses that I ever rode. I believe that it you asked her, would have taken you through the pits of Hades just to see what was on the other side.

Feed her a bit of something sweet when you get back home. Also, go on longer rides. She will most likely get better.

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post #16 of 16 Old 10-07-2012, 11:24 PM
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I had a National Show Horse gelding who was just like the one you are describing, he HATED to go home. Always wanted to see what was over the next hill or around the next bend.

I finally got him over it with LOTS of hard work. I mean, to the point where I absolutely couldn't wait to get off, LOL! He started to learn that going out meant lots of tiring work, and coming home meant a nice rubdown with lots of treats and rest. Took a while but he turned out to be an awesome trail horse.

I sold him to some friends of mine. He still loves to go out on trails and will go as long as you will, but has enough sense to go home now too.
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