If He’s Barn Sour

Horse & Rider - - Practice Pen -

If your horse is jig­ging on the way home be­cause he’s ea­ger to get back to the barn, try a dif­fer­ent tac­tic. Let him trot briskly home, but once there, in­stead of un­sad­dling him and putting him up—what he wants— put his feet right to work. As close to the barn as is safe, hus­tle him in cir­cles, ser­pen­tines, roll­backs, or any vig­or­ous work that in­volves fre­quent changes of di­rec­tion and a brisk pace.

When he’s out of breath, walk him well away from the barn and let him rest a good five or 10 min­utes, then re­turn to the barn and work him some more.

When you’re done, tie him up at the barn and let him stand for a while be­fore un­sad­dling. This fur­ther curbs his en­thu­si­asm for get­ting back to the barn, plus gives him time to soak up the day’s lesson.

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