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"I have an 8 year old gelding that has decided not to move forward."


Dear Keith...

Monday, April 2, 2007

I have an 8 year old gelding that has decided not to move forward. I kick him, swat his rump, smooch, he has decided when he doesn’t want to got he won’t. I tried drawing the rein to one side and force him to bend his neck toward my knee and make him stand for a few minutes then release and ask him to move forward sometimes he will take a few steps and sometimes he won’t. I know all his tack is properly fitted and he’s not hurting. He’s just gotten spoiled because he is not ridden as often as he should be and he want to be with his pasture buddy. Any suggestions? Thanks



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If you haven’t already, you should subscribe to my (no-charge-to-you) online course “Speed Control.” While it primarily deals with horses that move forward too fast, you share the underlying issues and the fixes are related. It ought to give you some thoughts, um, moving forward, You can sign up here: Keith



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Thanks….I’ll do that!

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