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Hello all,

Figured there's some draft owners out there that have been where I'm at. I just adopted a Percheron mare named Arabelle, she's gorgeous. She has previous riding and driving experience. I've seen pictures of her being ridden and driven. Although, she has sat the last four years and has become very pushy and nervous when walked around. The biggest problem being she likes to randomly decided she gets to walk me. I immediately stop her and have her back a few steps then release the pressure. Don't know if there's a better way to correct this? I have started flexing her, teaching her to yield to pressure and have worked the sending exercise to. I am very anciy to get on her, but I know she has to be good on the ground before I can do so. What are some exercises you all use or any tips and tricks you have for me to help her!

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The same as any other horse, only respect is even more important since she is so big. You're on the right track with making her lead right. For your own safety, you may need to move to a rope halter or even have a stud chain handy (just because she is wearing it does not mean you have to use it or be harsh with it) to make sure she's not running you over. I'd get her solid and responsive in the halter, maybe do a little longeing, then tack her up and get on. I bet she goes right back to riding like a champ.
 

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lunging and roundpenning are the main ways I use to re-ensure respect along with yielding to pressure. You are on the right track with stopping and backing her. I've had a few draft horses that I've worked with and 2 of my own in the past and these methods worked for them. It will take awhile but only get on when your comfortable and when she respects you. Hope this helps.
 
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