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Help! My Horse "Suddenly" Quits Moving Forward

The theme of the past few days has been new folks asking for help with horses that are going "fine" and then the horse "randomly" or suddenly stops, or quits, moving forward.
First, nothing is random when a horse does it. You may not know why the horse did it, but it was not an accident... Including all those times he "accidentally" rubbed your leg on the fence or put you under a low branch while riding.
Second, the body is a reflection of the horse's brain and emotions.
So is the real problem the horse is not moving forward? No.
That is the result of his asking for support that was ignored and "answered" with a "driving" him into doing something. Which may have appeared to have "worked" until it didn't.
The question should be, what was all the activities or scenarios asked of the horse prior to the moment of "final resistance"?
When/where were the INITIAL signs of insecurity, resistance, or him being unsure?
So take a few minutes and play detective:
Did the horse start looking away (literally) to avoid the area you were leading/riding him into?
Was there a time when the horse was fixated on an object/buddy horse and not focused on where he was being asked to move?
Did he attempt to speed up and rush through an area or task and feel you had to contain him?
Did his movement start to drift or leak as you approached an area he was unsure of? If you were able to pass through an area of potential bother, did it feel like he was rushing or "fleeing" afterward?
The horse only has so many ways to communicate he is unsure or needs more support.
Unfortunately, because humans tend to be task fixated they tend to push a horse through something thinking if the horse does it once, he'll be okay the next time. And sometimes it appears that way. Until the day the horse "suddenly" quits wanting to move forward.
So to save you and your horse a lot of unnecessary stress, start to believe him from the moment he begins to show concern. Start to focus on what "tools" and skill set you have to help redirect his thought, drain his tension, soften his body and create a curiosity versus a defensiveness in him when you present new or unfamiliar scenarios.
Prioritize being able to influence and re-direct his thought WITHOUT it feeling like a fight. If you can't do that from the start, before you present a potentially stressful scenario, you're setting yourself up to be "at the mercy" of the horse.
It isn't about getting the horse through/past one imaginary boundary or location, it is about the quality of every conversation between you and the horse that either contributes positively to building a quality partnership or starts to deteriorate it.

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Horses, Humans & Pressure Livestream w Q & A Monday 12/5 @ 2pm pst

Join in the group discussion addressing many overlooked aspects of horses, humans, and pressure, that often lead to Mental and Physical Avoidance in the equine.
Please comment with any questions related to this topic below. I'll try to answer as many as I can.
Replay will be available if you miss the LIVESTREAM.

Live Streamed on November 23, 2022 9:06 PM ET
The "Quiet Horse" Part 4 - Maintaining the Curiosity

Join me in the final LIVESTREAM on this topic-
Discussing the following through from the Human in recognizing the subtle triggers causing the horse to resort to avoidant and mentally shutting down behaviors.

PLEASE NOTE
This will be on Wednesday, November 23rd, at 6pm pst as I'll be traveling to work in South America on Friday!

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Live Streamed on November 18, 2022 9:00 PM ET
The "Quiet" Horse Part 3

Reawakening and Engaging the Horse's Curiosity to increase his willingness to participate.

Livestream Nov 18th 6pm pst
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Horses, Humans & Pressure Livestream w Q & A Monday 12/5 @ 2pm pst

Join in the group discussion addressing many overlooked aspects of horses, humans, and pressure, that often lead to Mental and Physical Avoidance in the equine.
Please comment with any questions related to this topic below. I'll try to answer as many as I can.
Replay will be available if you miss the LIVESTREAM.

The Human Agenda

So many horseback riders I meet have forgotten...

"It" isn't just about the human experience, the end goal, their emotional outlet, or their temporary escape from reality.

"It" isn't about creating a one-sided experience filled with demands and self-imposed "have tos."

"It" isn't about keeping up with anyone else's accomplishments, trying to fit in, or follow trends.

When riders let go of the thoughts and intentions that sabotage so many equine partnerships, "it" can become about mental presence, observation, experimentation, two-way Conversations, refinement, emotional calm, developing skill sets, believing and acknowledging the horse, and allowing for time to build a trust based togetherness.

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A weekly topic list will be posted to the Alternative Horsemanship Locals Community Page on Mondays.

Participants can reply with horse-related questions relevant to that week's topic(s) before the Friday event.

Replay will be available if you miss the LIVE video.

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