Suggestions to get a horse to listen better?

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  1. ThatHorseGirlAbby

    ThatHorseGirlAbby Registered

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    My horse is 31 and pulled a cart until his previous owner passed away a few years ago. He wasn't really ridden by his previous owner (the guy was in his 90's) so he wasn't really used to it. He still doesn't follow commands very well. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to work on that?
     
  2. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    At 31 you are allowed to do your own thing...
     
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    Lopinslow Senior Member

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    first, the horse is 31 years old.. why must you ride him?

    second, if he hasn't really been ridden, he's not trained to know cues.
     
  4. heartland

    heartland Senior Member

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    This can’t be for real.. right?
     
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    RG NIGHT HEIR Senior Member

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    Maybe he is hearing impaired and has some senility due to his high age of 31??
     
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  6. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member

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    Be more subtle. Just tweak the rein lightly and tell the horse to “Gee“ for turn right and “Haw“ for turn left. Tell him “Steady“ if he is increasing trot speed.
     
  7. foxtrot

    foxtrot Senior Member

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    31 is positively ancient for a horse. There's a good chance he knows cues perfectly well but is so sore and tired he doesn't care.
     
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    turnnburnlynx Senior Member

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    I mean, I ride my 30 year old, he enjoys drinking around...
    But I agree, if he hasnt really been ridden, you should start from the ground and work your way up, which may or may not r doable
     
  9. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    “How to make him listen better”???? Learn to talk to him better........
     
  10. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member

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    Don't you think you should limit the number of bars he frequents of a night? o_O




    :rofl:
     

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