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post #1 of 6 Old 07-23-2011, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Need horse help! Western pleasure, Help with confidence

I have a TWH/paint gelding and he's about 13. I try to walk/ride him everyday but he hates getting too far from the barn and he doesn't like going anywhere alone if he can't see the barn. I've never had any formal lessons but I've had horses all my life and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about what we could do to work on his confidence and to keep our rides interesting, I ride western but I don't show. If there's any suggestions I really appreciate it!! :) thanks. We also have trails but I don't think he's ready to go on them alone, we have no other rideable horse so we're kinda on our own.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-27-2011, 09:33 AM
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I would gradually take your horse a little further away from the barn each time you ride him, keeping him within his comfort zone, and the barn within sight. Give him lots of praise for his efforts and for yours as well! It may take some time to get your horse to the point where you can ride him wherever you want with confidence, but the end result will be far worth it.

Good luck and Happy Trails!
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-27-2011, 03:24 PM
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I have heard of a "star pattern" used for barn sour horses. YOu ride away from the barn in any direction, when you reach the place where you think your horse is getting ready to lose it mentally, you turn around and go back toward the barn. At the barn you do some circling and backing work , then head out in a new direction and repeat the first leg. the ideal is to go out in different directions each time, in a star-like pattern, if possible, and return/go back out several times before you stop out there for a bit, rest the horse , get off and walk back to the barn.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-27-2011, 04:57 PM
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I agree with tiny lily- Keep his brain moving and the feet will slow down and he will calm down. What I do with my guy is I work him hard- like lots of backing, lateral movement, transitions and circles for a good while up by the barn. Then to take a break I walk away. If he insists that you go back then work him some more till he is focused on you again and try it again.

After a while chilling away from the barn isn't so bad when every time he gets close to the barn he has to work. It go to the point with my gelding that I had to walk him away from the barn to dismount because he would think that every time we were there it was quitting time. Good luck and hope that this helps.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-31-2011, 01:47 PM
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try taking him further from the barn everyday. if he gets antsy, stop him turned away from the barn. also, get off him away from the barn as he sees the barn where he gets to rest and stop for the day.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-05-2011, 01:17 AM
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It sounds to me that he might be a bit herd bound wich means he's stuck with his herd and does not want to go to far with out them i would try putting him in a seperate pasture to keep him away from his herd and work with him that way.
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