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post #1 of 3 Old 05-20-2012, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Controling when leading?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this thread but anyway...

At my stables the horse I was riding for my lesson was in a stable quite far away from the school so we had to lead him down. When my instructor got him out of the stable he went a bit wild and was trying to pull/walk away and had his head really high, I was told to step away and to try to calm him down she kept tugging on the lead rope and yelled his name. When he had stopped moving she then gave two more tugs on the lead rope. His head collar has extra ropes over his nose (not sure what it's called ) and I think that's linked to the leadrope. My instructor lead him down for me and said that he has been in a really bad mood lately, and she doesn't know what has got into him.

I was just wandering if that is the correct way to stop that behaviour, he can be really strong and controlling on the ground, but when riding him he is usually fine.
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Well, as none of us know the horse or it's circumstances it's hard to judge, however I will make some assumptions and give you my view:

If he was having a paddy and throwing himself about due to bad manners this was endangering you. So the instructor was correct to remove you and take him herself. She presumably knows him and judged him to be naughty rather than in pain or fear. So she chose to correct his behaviour by pulling hard on the lead rope and shouting. I assume that he was then well behaved in your lesson as you don't say otherwise. If this is the case then her corrective behaviour was probably right.

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I think it is just bad manners, he is generally quite grumpy on the ground, often has his ears back, chews his lead rope, pushes people about. Some people on here thought he might be in pain because he sometimes kicks when having his girth tightened, but I don't know because I'm only at the stables for my lesson and don't know anything about their health care.

He was ok for the lesson, he was being a bit strange because normally he is quite fast, and gets really over-excited after cantering but for that lesson he was really slow and I had to keep kicking him just to get him to move. Maybe he was just having a bad day
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