Wally at the pool!
Horses that are barn sour, that means they don’t want to leave the barn and or when they come home they will trot or try to loop back to the barn, have often been taught to be, by their owners. The owner may not mean to, as a matter of fact, most don’t even know they are doing it, but at some level the owner or rider of the horse is responsible. We always are trying to blame the horse, seems like. Horses have an unbelievable sense of where they are, and they know when we turn to go home.
So how can I fix or at the very least, help my horse with this problem? First, never run your horse back to the barn or the trailer. I have heard story after story, from people, that when they were young they would ride their horses out and then they would race back to the barn. Barn Sour! Can we all say it together: Barn Sour! Now the kids don’t mean to cause this problem but you can see how it could happen, and does. Most horses want to get back to the barn, they don’t need any help. Once a horse has been given permission to run back to the barn try stopping him. So how to fix it. It will take some real effort on the part of the owner to get this done. First never let your horse trot or run back to the barn. Now you may be in a hurry and I get that, but to help your horse if you have to trot back to the barn cause you forgot something or have to be somewhere, make your horse walk the last ¼ mile. This way he will start to calm down from the trot or canter. When your done with your ride, don’t just come home unsaddle him and feed him. I know, I know, sometimes you are in a hurry and from time to time you may have to do just what I’m suggesting you not do, but make it the exception and not the rule.
There are lots of other things that a person can do and we will talk more about them on Monday. But right now it’s time for. COFFEE!
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