I am having a little trouble. My 5mo. preggy mare does not have very good manners. We have been working w/ her trying to get her to back up on the ground. She will have no part of it. She tried rearing but we made a makeshift training fork but she is just down right grouchy. I don't know if it's her hormones or what. I had lead rope on trying to back her she pushed me up against the fence in round pen. Just would not do it. Tried a stick tapping on her chest and she just stood there. Any suggestions?
My mare becomes really sweet and compliant when she is in foal. I would work her in the round pen getting her attention and making sure she was responding to my request with out a lead rope. Any resistance she would be off working at a fast pace with turns and stops and make my request and everytime she would balk at what I was asking there would be more work any little give a shift of weight or one step back would be rewarded with pats, praise and rest. My horses always figured out pretty quickly to not "work" you paid attention and do what you are asked. Good luck and I hope you get a handle on it before baby arrives! jan
Hopefully the problem has been resolved by now, but for others... Please buy/rent/borrow Clinton Anderson's Groundwork Series training DVDs. You will never regret the purchase! He uses four methods to back a horse from the ground, and if you're stuck on one, you can try another to get the breakthrough where they understand. For example my Mustang filly just didn't get the "wiggle-wave-walk-and whack" technique that he usually starts with, and I had to escalate to phase 4 of the "tapping" technique (whacking the clip under her chin) to get her to respond, but then she "got it" and will back up with any method now.
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