Well maybe I shouldn't have posted that last picture of bucking .......
......Because we had a little mishap yesterday.
I haven't ridden him for just over a week because it has either been raining, or else the wind was blowing 30+ mph. But yesterday, it was finally a decent day outside.
I did everything as normal: Saddled him at the trailer. Lunged him in the yard next to it. Everything seemed the same.
I even did a little extra practice with the lunge line, by purposefully wrapping it all the way around his butt and then pulling so that he had a "scary rope on his butt" while expecting him to follow the pull on his halter from the other side. He did fantastic!!
I had Red tied to my trailer this whole time. I didn't think leaving him loose in the pasture while we were riding would be a good idea, in case he spooked or wanted to "play".
I jumped on Shotgun in the yard first, right by the trailer and by Red. He did great. Then I wanted to go ride him in the pasture, like we did the last time we rode. So I led him into the corral (which is a huge MUD mess right now because of all the rain; hence why I wanted to ride in the pasture). And I got on him in the corral. No issues.
Now I started walking through the "run way" to the pasture. It's about 20 to 25 feet wide, for about 35 feet or so. It's the regular pasture fencing with 4 smooth wires, plastic caps on the T-posts, and the top and 3rd wire are HOT.
We get about halfway into the runway, and he doesn't want to go anymore. His "go" button has routinely been sticky so it really didn't seem out of the ordinary. Then all of a sudden, the crowhopping/bucking started. BAM. I tried to immediately turn him in the circle to the right to control him, and he worked his butt right into the fence.
He was IN the fence. I was so terrified he was going to get a leg caught!! I'm pretty sure he got zapped because he was in it for a while. So he blasted to the other side of the runway and just about ran right into the fence on that side. Again, giving me another heart attack. I thought for sure he was going to get himself hung up.
Sooooo, I wasn't exactly pulling him around becauase I'm terrified he's going to get caught in the fence. I started getting "forward" to his jumping, and eventually went over the front of him.
Things happen in a blink of an eye, of course, but he really wasn't that hard to ride through his nonsense, but looking back, I think I subconsciously LET myself fall off. Kicking myself now since I think I did let myself do that, because I NEVER want a colt to be able to buck me off. I don't want them to know that is an option!!!
I've got a few bruises, but otherwise fine (thankfully!!!). He just trotted back to Red when I fell off. THANK GOD he didn't get a leg through the fence.
Well, you know the rules. Fall off = get back on!!
Go I went and got him and led him all the way out into the pasture this time. I wanted to get him away from that runway area. I got back on and he was just a nervous wreck. I could only get him to barely walk in circles without taking off again. And he kept jumping forward, as if he was getting SHOCKED again from behind.
I was on him for a few minutes, got off, and then I thought well maybe if I rode him where I did the first time by the trailer when he was calm it would be better. So I got him over there. He was a bit better, but still kept "jumping" forward as if something was scaring him from behind.
Did the best I could to have a "positive" few minutes with him, and then called it a day.
Well, needed to get on him again today, because I am certainly not going to have THAT idea in his brain!
This time, I let Red in the pasture with us. And he did great! Just stood around for moral support and ate. I lunged Shotgun in the pasture first (always lunge him first; just decided to do it in the pasture this time). And I made sure we were very far away from that runway.
Got on him, and SAME THING as yesterday. Within a minute or two, he took off with me, crowhopping halfway across the pasture. I had my right hand on the reins to direct rein him, lost my left stirrup, grabbed the saddle horn with my left hand to hang on and get that stirrup back, and he was just ignoring my right rein this whole time. FINALLY I got his head around and we came to a stop. This episode seemed to happen in slow motion because HELL NO if I am going to fall off this time! And I didn't.
He never took off like that again the rest of the ride, but he would just not calm down to his "usual" self. He kept jumping forward, again, like he was scared of something back there.
Eventually, toward the end, he was a little bit better as far as walking relaxed, but I never really let him walk straight. I always kept his head bent one way or the other so when he acted up, I had control.
Gah!!!!!!! What the heck happened? He was supposed to be easy peezy.
I honestly think I will wait to ride him again on Friday or Saturday. I was hauling both the horses home to my parents this weekend to move cattle and go to a horse show. My parents have a round pen and I think that will be a helpful tool for Shotgun.
Plus my mom has got her calm mare (who Shotgun knows) that could ride with us for moral support too.
I just really hope I can rid him of this being scared garbage, and hope I never fall off again because I don't want him to learn he can do that.