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post #1 of 13 Old 08-15-2015, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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I have a horse I just got. I love him, the only problem is his field has low trees an he loves to go under and the branches catch underneath my head and pull it back. How can I tell him not to do this? Also, when I ride him he will not move away from the gate he just stands there. He is a well trained horse, I know that.

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-15-2015, 11:27 PM
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You have to steer, or rein him away from things like low hanging branches. He does not get to pick and choose where he can and can't go when you are riding him, you decide and ride them there! As for him standing at the gate when you want him to go, again, it's up to you to make him move. This all very, very basic horse riding, so in order for you to learn some of the skills to enjoy & ride your horse, get an instructor and some lessons, it will be money very well spent.

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post #3 of 13 Old 08-16-2015, 04:35 AM
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He might well be a well trained horse but you are an inexperienced rider and need lessons.

The horse is taking advantage of you and matters will beget worse if you do not get help.
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-16-2015, 09:47 AM
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I agree with the others.

If you're not already, you should really consider taking riding lessons. You need to learn how to show the horse that you are the leader- not him. Horses, even the most well trained ones, will take advantage of their rider/handler if given the chance.

Keep us updated and good luck!
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Take a riding crop with you for when he wants to stand at the gate. If you're riding in his pasture he may not like that. I've had a few that didn't as it was their place to relax. Fair enough. Sometimes a tap behind your leg, not on his hip or rump will be enough for him to move. When you're riding always pick a spot well ahead and ride toward it. This tells the horse where you are going. Don't look at the ground just ahead of the horse, a common mistake. Think of it as picking out a place to come off as a reminder to look much farther away.

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-16-2015, 11:54 AM
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Lunge Your Horses~(Run Her In Circles)

Remember as much as you love her "This has to remain,YOUR the owner and she has to do as you ask,I was told remember this can't be a love affair so to speak,because to much loving on her will spoil her to the fact you want to train her to do as you ask,and still reward her with hand strokes down each side of the neck(Her mother Use To Lick her down each side of the Neck up close to her mane,to let her know she was ok that things are good) and when you rub her down each side of the neck,(either side) you are rewarding her that she did as you ask.

Take you a long lead rope and small twirl it and get your horse to run in circles and don't let her stop until YOU WANT to stop her,,she should stop and face you if she does right,if she turns her butt to you,thats dis~respect,toward you from her,then each time she does that do it till she faces you,then rub her down the side of neck as above to reward her.I don't give treats to reward her because you want her to do as you ask and THAT WILL MAKE A BOND strong between you and her or him!! I will message you and send you a You~Tube Lunging video so you see what I mean,,its all about Getting the horse to do as you ask them and showing respect!! Larry
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We have been looking for people to help us. We know someone but he is very busy. I do not know if he will be able to find the time.

Thanks for all the fast replies!
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-16-2015, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Also, my horse will not let me get the bit in his mouth, he whips his head up and then he whips it down, when I do get it in he chews it and then when I take it out he yawns and hangs his mouth open. Do you know what he is doing?

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post #9 of 13 Old 08-16-2015, 03:14 PM
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It doesn't matter how well trained the horse is, he's not going to just know where you'd like him to go, especially since you're very inexperienced.

Find a local horse group (fb usually has groups like this) and put up a post saying you need a trainer. Do a google search even. Better yet, ask your BO.
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-16-2015, 04:35 PM
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I dis~agree

Horses that are trained daily and worked with develop a respect and a bond with their owner or who ever they are working with.All my problems resolved themselves by daily handling and working with her.and I only dis~agree in a small way.The more Respect your horse has the more they will do easier for you!!Larry
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