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        06-13-2009, 05:12 AM
      #11
    Started
    I was trail riding a few weeks ago, and we were just plodding along, going quite nicely. Daisy decided she was done trail riding. So she stopped. Planted her feet on the ground. I would have to circle her a few times before she'd move forward again, and she'd only go about 20 feet before she parked again. It was like that the rest of the ride. So silly. -.-
         
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        06-14-2009, 01:21 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by 7Ponies    
    On our ride today, she did it WORSE than before, I actually got off her and walked her to the end of the field (I was determined to get there).
    I had this same problem with my guy though we were in the inside arena at the time. He just kept stopping dead in his tracks and would just take a step backwards. The only thing that worked for me was using an over & under. I just showed it to him or slapped the saddle with it and he finally took off again. Not sure if it would help you, but it worked for me. Good luck!
         
        06-15-2009, 09:25 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Okay, what is an over and under?
         
        06-15-2009, 11:35 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 7Ponies    
    Okay, what is an over and under?

    LOL - sorry - that's exactly what I would have said! The only reason I know is that my trainer got me one. Below is a description. Google over under & you can find a pic of one. It just attaches to saddle horn (loops thru) & for my guy, I just pick it up & he sees it & responds. Sometimes if you just slap it against the saddle, that works too. I'm sure with other horses, you would actually have to tap them with it. Hope that helps - sorry I couldn't get you a better description.


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        06-16-2009, 06:49 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Okay, I get it.

    Wouldn't using the reins to pop her be the same thing?

    Regardless, we seem to have successfully ridden through her little backup tantrums. Now as soon as she balks and tries to throw it in reverse, I give her three quick heel pops and she moves forward without any more crankiness.

    It's been a matter of me becoming her boss again :) She's had a long ten years to do as she pleases. She really is a good mare, she's just been really testing the waters since we started back to riding :)
         
        06-17-2009, 01:45 AM
      #16
    Trained
    My new horse is horribly trail sour! He's fine if you have an arena to work in (which, now that he's moved, I don't), but I mostly trail ride, so he's got some relearning to do! Seems his last owner couldn't control him, and he would bolt back to the barn or just not leave at all...sooooo...yeah...I hear ya on the 'fun' attitude! My boy likes to rear up occasionally too...makes the experience all the more exciting...Not! What a brat!
         
        06-17-2009, 04:40 AM
      #17
    Foal
    My horse has a very dominant personality and I've finally cured his barn sourness and have put him firmly in his place. You could try this and see if it works. I found this technique on the net but it was also shown to me in person by a professional horseman.
    Before we went anywhere he was backing up and turning round so I did a few one rein stops (put his nose on my knee), you can do it both sides.
    While we were out, any sign of anything naughty from the alert stance to refusing to go forward, whipping round to go another way and pig rooting I put his nose back on my knee.
    When you do it make sure that you grab the rein close to the bit, have no tension in the opposite rein or it will confuse your horse and end up pulling on the mouth and doing a bad two rein stop. Also ensure that your horse has relaxed for ten seconds before you give her head back to her.
    Don't worry about pulling on her mouth as the pressure is taken by the side of the bridle.
    This manoeuvre gives you dominance over the horse. My horse is now as good as gold and more relax as he knows I'm in charge. He really hates this manoeuvre and the more I do it the less of a battle I have when I do preform it, he gives in instantly and does what I say.
    Good luck.
         
        06-17-2009, 09:46 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 7Ponies    
    Regardless, we seem to have successfully ridden through her little backup tantrums. Now as soon as she balks and tries to throw it in reverse, I give her three quick heel pops and she moves forward without any more crankiness.
    I'm so glad you are past that issue. If you are like me, I just move on to my next issue. I'm fairly new to all this so it seems like I just get past one problem and we pop up with another. Actually, it's fun and I am learning new things all the time.
         
        06-19-2009, 01:14 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    Oh, I am sure we will run into issue after issue after issue. I agree, that's part of the fun :)
         
        06-19-2009, 12:26 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Ugh, I hate barn sour horses. At my barn, the indoor ring is attached to the barn. I used to ride a pony that, every time we would pass the door nearest his stall, he would throw his shoulder towards the door and scoot sideways. He was a small pony and almost anyone who rode him would fall. He hated going away from the barn and he would take off when going towards it. It took me months to get him to stop that.
         

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