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post #11 of 12 Old 12-07-2014, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
Tiny, try drawing his head around toward you and keep it there. If he can't straighten his neck he'll move his hip away from you.

in this case, I was behind him, picking up his hind foot to pick it out, and he was tied, single tie , to a tie rail.
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post #12 of 12 Old 12-08-2014, 12:02 AM
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I agree with everyone’s advice so far.
I am assuming that this is habitual and not just an occasional thing?
Another alternative to consider:
Horses learn sensitivity to pressure on the ground first before they are ever saddled.
Lunging, ground driving, even leading…..all are a horses learning to give to pressure.
When a horse has become hardened to cues from the saddle, often they can be re-sensitized from the ground.(Especially useful for us old farts that don’t bounce when we hit the ground, we kind of splat).
We have a 7 yo green horse who was hardened on both the mouth and the leg.He was ridden poorly in his recent past and about the only way to get a response was spurs, a crop and/or tremendous pressure on the reins.
By taking him back to ground and working backwards towards softer cue-responses, we managed in a rather short amount of time (a month, four days a week) to get him to a point where a lift, jiggle or soft tug-release is enough to get the response we asked for.Laying legs on, or a nudge from the hips is enough to get him going forward.
We went forwards by going back to basics and then transferring it into the saddle when we thought we had reached a point where he thoroughly understood the concept of “taking the good deal”, the first and softer cue offered.
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