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Hey there, I have written once before about my horses attitude. At first we thought it was pain, and it got ruled out, we got his feet checked there fine. My trainer and the BO and me all have come to the conclusion its attitude.

The issue with my horse is he is lazy! He would rather just stand around and walk around then actually do any work, but me and my trainer figured out that if I quit being so suckey suckey with him and get down to buisness he is a good boy. Now I still had the issue of asking for the canter and getting a couple of bucks. We have worked through that, and now I rarley get any bucks and little attitude.

A couple of days ago I went to lunge him (he has done it many times before) and holy Crap was he a little ***! (pardon my lauguage) Now this upset me because he was doing sooooooo good on the flat and then I get this, He has always lunged good but all of a sudden he starts being stupid.

Any suggestions? Do you think he is testing me? Does anyone else deal with a horse with an attitude? (Please be nice)
 

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Everything you said is exactly like my horse. She just turned 4, yesterday. :D He is absolutely testing you. However, I wouldn't consider it a bad thing. Anyone who has ever seen her says that it's a smart horse who challenges thier owner. (look at my siggy, lol)

I have found that as long as I don't put up with anything and reprimand her immediately very firmly she is usually good. Lots of ground work and moving her feet diff. directions, like though sidepassing, backing, yielding ect. keeps her very soft and mindful of my space. As long as I do groundwork once every 1-2 weeks she stays that way. It is nice having a horse like this too b/c she is a little lazy too which means that I can desensitize and use her laziness to my advantage, b/c I teach that when she is afraid it is good to stand still. Be productive with your time and use this attitude to your advantage. Let him know your the boss and a worthy leader and he will do anything for you! good luck :)
 

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Alright! Thankyou for the great information!
 

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Sounds EXACTLY like my boy....he likes there to be a set routine, and if one thing is out of place, the whole world comes crashing down and he forgets everything. You have to push push push! Of course, you'll know the difference between when he's just being a jerk and when something is really wrong, so make the judgement calls accordingly.

Don't be afraid to really ride him hard with a lunge whip and make yourself look big....sometimes I look like an idiot flailing around the lunge whip in the round pen, but lo and behold, the next day Ice responds to the slightest twitch.
 

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My new girl has such a big attitude its not even funny
She bites when you tighten her girth she'll paw too
She won't stand when mounting
 

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mine only dose at shows when we get around others???? lol pulls nose out and almosts pulls me over his head?? i hate it!!!
 

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My mare is the queen of attitude. I am constantly reminding her that she needs to behave and that her naughtiness will not be tolerated. Right now is a really hard time for my horse and I because Jewel likes to believe winter=no work, but she is learning that that this is not true. So be paticent and firm. Your horse is not going to one day wake up and say "hmmmmm I think I will redue my entire personality" lol. So do what I do and understand that thats just how he is and that you are probably going to just have to keep reminding him to behave until he understands that the attitude will not be tolerated. I've been working on this for 4 years now with my mare and she has gotten signficantly better (compared to what she used to be), but I still get the attitude.

Hope this helps. Dont become discouraged and keep on pushing.

PMissy
 

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Yep, sounds like my Jackson! Lol, he came out of the womb that way, I was there! AQHA13 is right, it seems to be the most intelligent horses that you have to stay on top of and reassert your dominance on a regular basis. I can't let him get away with anything!lol. Most likely I would say your baby was just having and off day, or was testing you. Try it again and see if he misbehaves the same way. If so, you know you have had an attitude relapse,lol.
 

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lol! thanks everyone for the info, I don't feel so alone anymore haha!
 
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