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post #1 of 42 Old 12-30-2011, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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My horse won't go!

I bought my horse about 3 weeks ago, and just started riding him about 5 days ago. He'll walk with me on him, but I CANNOT get him to trot! He's not lazy he'll walk trot canter on the lunge line, he'll trot with me on him, with somebody else on the lunge line, but I just cannot get him to go!! His saddle and bridle are both fine and fit him perfectly. This is NOT a lazy horse. He's laid back, but NOT lazy. What can I do to get him to trot and canter when I'm on him. And kicking DOES NOT work on him! This is the most stubborn horse I've EVER worked with!
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post #2 of 42 Old 12-30-2011, 03:26 PM
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Have you tried a crop?
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post #3 of 42 Old 12-30-2011, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Have you tried a crop?
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Yes I have. Doesn't work!
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post #4 of 42 Old 12-30-2011, 03:33 PM
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We need a little more information~how old is he? How much training has he had? Was it professional, & in what discipline? What are your goals w/him-trail riding, showing, something else? Is he your first horse? Is he at a boarding or training barn? At your home/ranch? What kind of horse experience have you had? Are you over or under twenty?
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post #5 of 42 Old 12-30-2011, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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We need a little more information~how old is he? How much training has he had? Was it professional, & in what discipline? What are your goals w/him-trail riding, showing, something else? Is he your first horse? Is he at a boarding or training barn? At your home/ranch? What kind of horse experience have you had? Are you over or under twenty?
He's about 7. He's had some professional training in western. My goal with him is to just have fun. He is my first horse but I've been riding since I was 3. He's at my friends house which I go to every day to train him. I am training him my self. I've had a lot of experience with horses. Like I said, I've been riding since I was 3. And why does my age matter?
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post #6 of 42 Old 12-30-2011, 03:46 PM
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I feel like it's a respect issue because Cowboy didn't respect me and wouldn't go, but about a month later we were cantering and jumping.
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post #7 of 42 Old 12-30-2011, 03:47 PM
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Is he healthy in all ways - back, hooves, legs, teeth, etc.?

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
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post #8 of 42 Old 12-30-2011, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Is he healthy in all ways - back, hooves, legs, teeth, etc.?
Yep, healthy in every way possible!!
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post #9 of 42 Old 12-30-2011, 03:55 PM
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You've probably hit on why they sold him to you. I'd try transitions between gaits on the lunge line FIRST bc you don't want a fit while you on him, or a bolt. You should expect him to obey you 100% of the time before you get back on. Teach him the English for "walk on", "trot", and "halt". Use a whip on the ground to encourage him to move, and his reaction should be immediate. Use LOADS of PRAISE so he experiences pleasant success and associates YOU with it. Try this every day for a couple of weeks and see if he makes some progress. =D
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post #10 of 42 Old 12-30-2011, 03:58 PM
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Did you ride him before you bought him? Did he go for you then?

What first comes to mind is that he may feel that by going faster, you will lose your balance. Some horses are like that. If they sense the rider is losing their balance, they will stop.

Or, he is used to different cues for "forward", such as kissing.
Can other riders make him trot?
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