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July 19, 2008

Move Foreward

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Hi Cherry,

I am working with a filly now about 4 yrs. old. I would consider myself to be a good horse person, it can be the worst that say that, but the horse I am working with I am re-training.

Long story to how the horse came to where I keep my own horses but in short, the horse, because of time and the owners physical condition, was sent to an outside trainer who had trained a previous horse of hers. Her other horse, a gelding, came back trained but very sesitive to heel motion. This fillly was beaten. She had extensive injuries to her head mouth and back. Apparently she went over backwards on him so he left her tied to a post (we're unsure of how long) and beat her with a cattle prod.

However, slowly over time, almost a year and a half with my horses, and relaxing, she's come out of her shell and her physical health has improved amazingly.

With re-training my goal is to get her to enjoy doing what we want from her and have fun doing it, so in other words give her a new mind-set. She has been doin great, she is playful, smart, and loves to please. However, we have hit an unexpected bump. I can lounge her under saddle walk, trot, etc. but now that I'm at the point of riding, when I get on she just doesn't move. If someone lounges her while I ride or walks with her she goes thru it all, but I'm not sure how to motivate her from the saddle without putting her back into her shell.

She almost acts lazy is the best way to put it. I've used my heels some, decent nudges, and a whip, but being unsure of what the trainer used for methods I'm kinda stuck as to what to do next? She doesn't act mad or frustrated, just lazy almost. I feel she trusts me, so I don't believe it's a scared thing and I also believe she knows what I want from her. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Ajerae

 

Hi Ajerae,

The best way to get a horse to move is to turn them. In your ground training, you have done this in-hand and when longeing. So review bending exercises with her from the ground. Turning to the left and right from both the near and off sides. You want to be able to walk her in a various sized circles from either side. Of course, the goal is to gradually increase the circle size so that you can ride her (or lead her or longe her or drive her) off in a straight line. But at first, many horses are reluctant to move straight ahead, and especially if they have had some traumatic experiences.

Longeing and Long Lining the Western HorseI demonstrate these techniques with photos in my book Longeing and Long Lining the English and Western Horse 101 Longeing and Long Lining Exeercises

and with diagrams in 101 Longeing and Long Lining Exercises. Once a horse "unlocks" on the ground, it will be easy for you to use a leading (opening) rein when riding to let her know what you want her to do.

In the Ask Cherry, Horse Won't Move Forward, the situation is different but you should read it so that you are aware of things that can make a horse reluctant to move forward and you know not to give your horse conflicting signals as you ask her to move forward.

Best of luck and please let me know how you make out.

 

Cherry,

Thanks for the advice. It worked great. We started with really small tight circles and moved out and by the end of our work she was going around the house. She only worked for a short time because I was so impressed with her progress.

Thanks again. Ajerae

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