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post #1 of 6 Old 06-05-2013, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Passing horses upset him and its getting worse

I've been riding my 13 year old TWH gelding for 10 years on trail rides at home and on group and organized rides. He has never liked it when other horses ran past him but the most he would do is try to speed up or side pass a little and go on about his business but lately he's been getting worse and he is bucking and sometimes acts like he wants to kick at the passing horse and is constantly pulling after they pass, even on the trails at home. I don't know why he started this and I'm not really sure how to fix it. My family and friends like going on organized rides but now i'm worried he's going to haul off and kick someone trying to run by. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-06-2013, 12:36 PM
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This is just a respect issue. He has learned that you will put up with it and he is voicing is displeasure at being held back.

If it was my horse, I would be asking for lots of gives to get his mind back on focus to what I want him to do. Ask for S's & 8's. Get him so busy that he doesn't have time to worry about the other horses and has to pay attention to your queues.

Don't hop on and go for a ride and expect him to respond once he is excited.
Start by flexing your horse as soon as you get on. Asking for lateral gives. Do hundreds of them. He should give these to you with just a light touch. If he gets used to giving at the lightest touch, he will give when you ask when he is excited.

Once he is willing to give his head to you, you can ask for the S turns and figure 8's. Zig and Zag around bushes, trees, rocks. These things keep his focus on you, And ultimately his respect.
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I agree with Painted Horse.

You'll need to take some time at home, in an arena environment, working on the flexion and circles so your horse understands those concepts before you try them on the trail.

In the meantime, you can always do the red ribbon on the tail thing to let other riders know he might kick. If you do this, other riders should give you a wider berth and that, in itself, may help your horse.
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I'm wondering what organized rides allow this behavior....running by other riders is considered VERY rude on any ride I've ever been on & will often get the offending rider a lecture by the trail boss. Many, many horses will get upset when another horse runs past & they are held back. If this is common on your rides I would either ride up at the front or find different (more considerate) people to ride with.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-10-2013, 10:35 AM
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I'm wondering what organized rides allow this behavior....running by other riders is considered VERY rude on any ride I've ever been on & will often get the offending rider a lecture by the trail boss. Many, many horses will get upset when another horse runs past & they are held back. If this is common on your rides I would either ride up at the front or find different (more considerate) people to ride with.
So you are saying avoiding to correct bad behaviour would be your solution? Hmmmmm, not a big fan of that! Anyway, I agree with Paints' post! Good luck with it and I hope you can enjoy your trail guides again soon!
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Does he only act this way when another horse/rider run past or does he also object if they walk past? Just curious. Agree with Painted Horse. Put his butt to work. This will be easier to work on when it's just your family riding and not a group ride.

Bellasmom has a good point. Running past other riders is rude, and a bit dangerous. If riders want to step it up they should be off by themselves or ride with others who enjoy the same activity. Nothing wrong with speed. Ask an endurance rider. But most group rides is not the place. Still, your horse needs to stop his jumping around.

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