Originally Posted by WendyChapdelaine View Post
I made some calls to farriers in NH-- the 3 that actually answered are 'too far' from me and are supposed to be calling me back with referrals. I am not really sure what founder is, but whatever is caked in his hooves under that mud/dirt is in there good! Also, maybe that's why I could not get him to move above a walk.
LUNGING--- I tried this in the yard(filled with yummy grass), and could not get any space established between Spike and I. Would not move when i asked him, not even when I smacked a whip against the ground right behind him. I suppose that I could have worked him harder to try to get him moving but I really don't want to lose control(the fence is only 36") and I am afraid that if he wanted to get out-- he COULD! Hy husband was conveniently leaning on the fence watching us, distracting me, and Spike was distracted by barking dogs and cars going by(I live on a main road). Maybe I should get his feet checked before I push him to make him trot/canter, right?
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if you feel your horse is not well enough to follow through, you should not start --- i.e. feet first and then establish your leadership
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i would look up video's on how to clean his hooves -- then decide if you are comfortable with it or would rather be safe and watch the farrier do it --- BEWARE
some kick when you try to pick up their feet
lunging is not about making him trot or canter, it is about moving him, at any speed, in the direction you want. this shows him that you are the leader and you make him move, when a horse tries to push you he is telling you that he is above you -- and that can lead to some very dangerous behavior
the threat of force is only as good as the promise to follow through. point, if he doesn't go, then kiss or smooch once and then twice, if he still doesn't go -- tag him with the end of the whip until he does move
by not doing that you are teaching him that you will cause a big fuss but you aren't leader enough to follow through -- kind of like telling a kid if he doesn't clean his room he will get a spanking and then never spanking the kid
#1 rule -- establish leadership first -- fun stuff comes next