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post #11 of 21 Old 09-29-2010, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Yes just this one hill. He is 10 years old and seems to have no other problems except for this one place. The hill is in sight of the barn. I bought him and rode him for a month at the barn he was boarded at and when we got close to the barn he was very adamant about gettung back there or not moving any farther from it. If it is just barn sourness what do I do about that?
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post #12 of 21 Old 09-29-2010, 05:13 PM
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defiently has to be barn sour.

hmm,do you have a horse trailer? I'd trail ride him somewhere else than close to home. Some horses don't like riding in an area near their home from what I was told. See if he does well trail riding somewhere else.

Carry a crop or use spurs..don't kick him of course but I would try forcing him and if he doesn't go up hill turn him in circles untill he gives in.
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post #13 of 21 Old 09-30-2010, 08:17 AM
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It will probably take some time to cure him of this.

He feels that the barn is a safe place, where he gets pampered and gets to relax. What you need to do is start working him around the barn, to lessen the incentive to want to go to the barn. School near it sometimes, and when you get on trail rides, don't just dismount when you get back. Stay on another 15 minutes and make him do some work around the barn.

You also need to work on reinforcing your "go" cues so he will listen when you ask him softly to go. Work on this with him when you aren't going on a trail ride. Start with asking him softly to go, and then increase the pressure when he doesn't go, building up to swatting him with a crop if he won't move. I would suggest one soft squeeze, then a firm squeeze/kick, and then swat him with the crop. When he responds well to the soft squeeze, then try him at the hill, using the same methods.

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post #14 of 21 Old 10-08-2010, 01:54 AM
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I definitely wouldn't rule out a physical problem just because he is fine on the hills once he gets going. I would put money on it being a saddle fit. How do I know this? From past experience of course! My horse started getting a bit odd when I first got on her back and for the first two or three minutes that I rode her, then she would be absolutely fine for the rest of the ride. Three months along I started to notice white hairs in a nice even pattern on both sides of her spine. Got a saddle fitter out, problem sorted, no more funny little moments. She was uncomfortable but such a nice horse her signs of pain were very subtle I would say that your guy may be similar. Seriously, assume there is a physical problem.

Just wanted to add that I reckon if you think about your rides you may find that there will be some level of hesitation on hills albeit very slight.

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post #15 of 21 Old 10-08-2010, 02:05 AM
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I was taught that getting out of the saddle is letting them get their way. He may just be putting up a fit cause he knows if he does this you will get off his back. Make him go up if he takes a few steps stop him and praise him just encourage him to go and if he puts up a fit push him.

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post #16 of 21 Old 10-08-2010, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by baileydawn View Post
I was taught that getting out of the saddle is letting them get their way.
This is true, but if you do what mliponga suggested, work from the ground first, then, move to the saddle, it will be just fine =) She wouldn't be getting permantley off. And plus, the horse would realize, okay, if she leads me up the hill, she is going to do it 10 times, but if she is on my back, we only have to go over it one time.

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post #17 of 21 Old 10-08-2010, 11:09 AM
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I find that staying in the saddle worked a lot better with my arabian just cause he is super stubborn and he realized he has to do what I ask and he can't walk away. I do not know your horse so I would say try all these techniques and see which one he preforms better at. :)

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Id say get him checked he might be in pain like SR said until something lossens out and this first hill is hurting him.

Just for piece of mind get a vet check and saddle fit

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post #19 of 21 Old 10-08-2010, 03:53 PM
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Do also bear in mind that pain from an uncomfortable saddle may be subtle enough to not be picked up by a vet. The all clear from a vet does not mean that your saddle isn't hurting your horse when he goes to climb a hill. Other things to consider is how he moves on hills. Will he walk down nice and straight with his hind legs collected nicely underneath him, or does he try to sidle, preferring to go down almost sideways? When he climbs hills will he walk up at a nice consistent pace or does he want to sort of lunge up in fits and starts. Also how is his head set when climbing, is it good or does his head nod a lot?

These are the sort of things that can be related to a horse in some discomfort, trying to avoid certain movements that exacerbate the discomfort. Think of it like us hiking with a large heavy pack. After a few days we begin to shuffle the pack on our back to relieve the areas where it is causing discomfort. Just think about your rides and any little things that seem 'annoying' even stumbling can be saddle related.
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post #20 of 21 Old 10-08-2010, 04:23 PM
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my old horse, who loved trail riding, started being stubborn on hills. because I knew his personality I had him vet checked, the vet found nothing. I took it easy on him and he did great for awhile, I rode him a little harder one day and it started again. at the next vet check they found a stifle and a fetlock problem. the problem had to get a little worse before they could pinpoint it.
the point of this long story being it could be a hard to find soreness.
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