Posts Tagged ‘forward movement’
Posted in Check, Forward, Gaits, Half Halt, Loping, Riding, tagged equine, forward, forward motion, forward movement, ground training, horse, impulsion, riding, training on May 22, 2011| Leave a Comment »
My horse, Takoda, is a paint/halflinger. before my first walk trot show this year he would stop on a dime, and do everything i asked! but now that i moved up to novice, when ever i stop after we are done working, he wont move. i try to turn him, i used a crop and he dident seem to care! so in the end i HAVE to get off and pull him! i can have someone pull him or smack him but he just wont listen! I was told to turn him around, to keep him moving and i do but when im done he just stands there! i mean i dont ride him that often cause i have other things to! but he just wont listen to ME! when ever I have my sister get on him hes fine! but as soon as i get back on, NOTHING!
Im geting so mad! what should i do? please help! Cathryn
Do you take riding lessons or work regularly with a qualified horse trainer? If not, it would be a good idea to pursue one or both of those avenues to get some “hands on” help with you and your horse. Whenever someone says a horse used to be good and now is not so good AND when my sister rides he is fine but as soon as I get back on, there are problems, well you can see where that leads us. Add to that the fact that you are getting mad, well, it clearly shows that you would benefit from a qualified instructor’s help. Perhaps you can find one through your local 4-H, Pony Club or Horseman’s Association.
If you don’t know of an instructor, you could contact The American Riding Instructors Association, known as ARIA.
When you get to the website, in the left hand column there is a link to help you find an instructor in your area.
There is something you are doing with your mind and body language that is interfering with you becoming an effective rider. A good riding instructor will be able to identify what is occurring and help you over come that so your horse gets the message that it is not only OK but desirable for him to move forward.
I’ve answered a similar question recently Horse Won’t Move Forward which should give you some good ideas.
And visit my Horse Information Roundup where you can find all sorts of helpful articles on riding and training.
Posted in Behavior, Exercise, Forward, Ground Training, In-Hand Work, Long Lining, Longeing, Riding, Training, tagged equine, forward motion, forward movement, ground training, horseback riding, impulsion, in hand work, long lining, longeing, riding, training on April 7, 2011| 4 Comments »
I have a 3 yr old Trakehner X TB Gelding He just came home from 60 days of saddle training with an Event, TB trainer. I rode him 2 times during his training and was sent video’s of his progress. He is a lazy horse but was moving forward in the walk and trot when I rode him. Since coming home he is refusing to go forward under saddle. He will walk off for about 7-10 min and then he shuts down. I am using little to no contact on the reins. Riding in a Waterford D bit. He moves great off your leg, When he is going forward. When he stops and I apply leg he rises up as if ready to buck. When I use my long dressage whip on his rump he will kick out but still does not go forward. He will paw and sometimes try to bite me. I found that pushing him with my leg, “fighting” him to go forward is useless. He shuts down. If I sit there, let him relax, he will take a deep breath, then I can apply leg and say Walk On and usually he will go forward but sometimes it is just a step or two. He did well with a lead pony the other day but again after 10 min shut down. The trainer keeps telling me to stay after him but I refuse to fight him every time I ride. He is a very big horse, 16’3h I will never be able to push him when he is in shut down mode. I have started 2 young horses before him being the first rider on their backs. I ride english and have 30+ years experience. He is the first one that will not go forward. He is kind horse and thankfully has not reared up but I am afraid that will be next. I am riding in the same saddle, brand, model and tree size that the trainer used. I would appreciate any suggestions. I plan on having this horse for life. A partnership is a must. Thank you in advance,
C M B
I know this doesn’t help you solve your horse’s problems but it must be said. It is hard for me to imagine a horse coming from 60 days of saddle training and having this behavior. One of the most important goals of any training is to develop and preserve forward movement.
Check my website article page for many articles and Q&As related to this topic such as
From what you describe, my inclination would be to go back to ground training to establish forward movement in a variety of situations. By ground training, I mean:
1. In-hand work including walk, trot, figures, obstacles.
2. Longeing with or without tack, with focus on forward movement.
3. Long lining (ground driving) to establish moving forward with tack.
I am just starting my horse under the saddle. I have worked on ground manners and everything. I got on her today and she backs up just fine but she wont move forward. When I get off and lead her she walks fine but as soon as i get on her back she doesn’t like to walk. What can I do? Emily
A couple of quick reminders when working with horses, then I’ll refer you to some more in-depth articles as I have answered this question several times before on the Horse Information Roundup on my website horsekeeping.com
1. I never teach a horse to back up until they have learned to move energetically forward from a standstill and from each gait into the next gait. Forward is the key to all else so much come first.
2. Make sure when you ask for forward movement, you don’t have so much contact on the reins that the horse is afraid to move into the pressure of the bit. Invite the horse to move forward by allowing him to move into very light contact.
3. Instead of asking a horse to move straight forward, turn the horse to one side or the other. This untracks the horse and gets him thinking along the lines of movement.
Now for more details, if you read the following articles you will find things that will be appropriate for your horse and your situation. Click on the links below.