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From the Starting a Young Horse Series:

"If your horse went ballistic out on the trail last week... it didn't "just happen out of the blue." He's been telling you for weeks or months that he was going to lose it when enough pressure was applied every time he resisted (however slightly) the pull from your lead rope or reins.

If he walks ahead of you while you lead him, he's telling you that sooner or later he'll blow past you as you go through a gate or knock you on your kiester with his shoulder when something scares him bad enough.

If the muscles in his neck bulge toward you instead of relaxing when you put the bit in his mouth, he's telling you that he'll do mach sixty when he gets spooked on the trail.

Deal with these situations by doing two things: First establish a zero-tolerance policy; nip bad behavior in the bud the instant it happens. Example: If your horse inches past you as you lead, do an about-face and back that horse up. Keep him moving till he quits pushing back. (If he freezes pull on his head to pull his butt away from you. Getting those feet "unstuck" will allow you to keep backing till he lightens up.) Be adamant.

Second, get proactive. The first thing I do with any horse and what I do each and everyday with all five of my own horses is to see exactly where they stand when it comes to "resistance." Luckily the test and remedy are fun.

And having fun with this is a key point. Realize that every horse has resistance tucked away somewhere. Like an Easter egg, your job is to discover it. Instead of chocolate, your reward is a safer, more pleasant ride. The calmest, coolest, bestest trained horse you have ever seen has a little pocket of resistance hidden somewhere."

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"If your horse freezes up, walk around and get his rear end moving away from you, as you did in the previous exercise. The more resolute your horse is to stand there and resist your backup requests, the quicker you should get his hip disengaged. (The shoulder nearest you stops, the horse turns on this shoulder, moving his back end = "disengagement" or "turn on the forehand") Spin him first left then right or a complete circle if you have to. The more you'll keep him hopping the quicker he becomes light enough that you can get him to take a step back. Again, because it's that important: It's his resistance that makes this tough. "Annoy" your horse; motivate him to find the answer. Be the fly.

Think of the control you've built over the past two days: We've got individual body parts moving forward and backward, left and right. Throw in "up and down" and you've got the only 6 directions the horse can go. When you approach the trailer tomorrow, keep that in mind. No doubt your horse will not perform as well there as he does with no trailer in sight which is why we've first "over-practiced" in a quiet area. When the time comes to actually begin loading up, be quick to isolate body parts and use the tools you've developed to straighten things out."

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