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Date:4/18/2014 9:25:20 AM
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is he sore or sour? it's hard to tell from far away but here's what i think of when i hear a horse doesn't want to go forward and pins his ears back....he's not liking his job. if he's hurting, then you have to fix it. did you check him over by probing and squeezing along his chest, shoulders back, legs, etc? if he's not sore for a reason then maybe he doesn't like leaving his barn buddies, he's bored or scared of the routine, or fill in the blank of many possibilities. i have a haflinger, peach, who tends to get like that. after years of training her (remember i may only work with her once a week so everything takes really long) we finally came to an understanding. i think she's got some stiffness in her back end but not bad enough to keep her from going when it suits her. i had to use a whip on her BIG TIME in order to get her to go forward to my leg cue. i always give her a chance....squeeze leg, cluck, then if she's not moving forward, pop with the whip. let's just say i had to do alot of that until suddenly she partnered up with me and seemed to say, "you're pretty clear what you want and fair with me so let's do it". some horses i would never use a whip on, because i can usually cluck and maybe slap behind the saddle with my hand and that's plenty for them to get on with it. they all have different personalities. buttercup never needs any encouragement since she's a speed demon. i only give one pop at a time....but if the horse ignores it, i continue giving a pop until they go. peach is the only one i've had to do this with but she does exactly what you describe with some riders. she's gotten better. now she pretty much just walks if they're not a strong rider and won't trot. doesn't pin the ears or look unhappy. this is a big blog cause i'm trying to cover alot. however, i don't have much to go on. if your horse is bored or barn sour that's another story.
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