Red imploded on his first trip to a jackpot **ouch**

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Red imploded on his first trip to a jackpot **ouch**

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    07-27-2012, 10:30 AM
Green Broke
Red imploded on his first trip to a jackpot **ouch**

Well at least I think that's what happened.

I took him to a local jackpot last night, for the sole purpose of him starting to get some experience hauling to an arena where there is other horses and some commotion going on. Work made me late, so we had to rush to get our 3 exhibitions in, but we made it. I did also enter him in the first go-round, for experience.

As I completely expected, it was nervous and scared of everything going on. He is now known as the "snorting horse". Because he very loudly snorts at things when he is scared, which I don't mind (I think it's rather funny).

But when they started the first round, he was freaked out about why horses are running full kilter in the arena. I wanted him to stand near the arena so he could watch what was going on. After a few riders went he just started acting stupid and weird. At first, I was afraid he was going to rear, because he was acting like it. I was doing my best to keep his feet moving in the circle and trying to keep him listening to me, but it just wasn't working.

Then I'm not exactly sure what happened, as it happened so fast. I think he leapt into the air. It wasn't a crow hop exactly. But it wasn't a buck exactly. It's like he just couldn't handle it anymore and just BOOM! On the first jump/bounce, I landed directly on my saddle horn with my inside right thigh (that's the big ouch point), and I thought for sure with the next bounce I'd be either on his neck completely (half of me already was there) or I'd be on the ground in front of him. But somehow, I managed I bounce back into the saddle on the next bounce and got a hold of him. I don't think I even lost my stirrups. I don't know how that's possible. I also managed to cut the front of my right shin with the top of my boot. I have no idea how. But there's a cut and a lump.

He's never done anything like that before.

And then he just stood there. I wanted to keep him moving and try to get his attention back on me, since we were up in about 7 riders.

So I was trotting circles in a different area, and he tried it again. This time, I was ready and got him yanked in a circle with his head down at my knee.

Little bugger. Killed my nerves for the night too. It's been a long time since I've had to deal with anything like that, and it was only on silly 2 and 3 year olds I was training to ride!!! Not a broke to ride 6 year old.

So as long as that hadn't happened, I would have said that he handled it okay, for his first time to a jackpot all by himself. After the first heat was over, I took him away from the arena a little to work him in some galloping circles. After that, he was pretty much walking around any where cool and relaxed (mostly).

And he loaded into the trailer to and from like a champ! We were having some issues with that, but now I just point and up he goes.

The next jackpot is in two weeks and I am planning on getting him there again. I'm sure for the next few days my leg is going to continue to remind me of his implosion.
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    07-27-2012, 10:45 AM
Glad you are ok.

I was on a couple horses who did that. I call it a "sticky bomb", where the horse feels like you slapped a sticky bomb between it's back legs and set it off.
(thanks Private Ryan for that visual).

This one time a horse had been bucking off an inexperienced student and I was in the arena for jump crew. The instructor told me to get on the horse, so I did. The first 3 steps went alright and then BOOM! We were in the air. He hit thre ground and started bucking. I pulled his head out from between his knees and kicked him on. He leapt about 3 times and tried bronking across the arena, but every time I felt him get ready to duck his head, I popped his head up and kicked him on. In 5 minutes he had calmed down and we were trotting and cantering without a problem.

I feel the best way to keep a horse from doing this is to ride it and work him. I didn't stop the motion. I just said "you can bounce around all you want, but when your feet hitthe ground, your butt is working". He never tried it again because he was allowed the motion, and discovered that it only got him a heavier work load. Make the wrong things hard, and the right things easy.

If you can't ride it then cranking his head down and to your knee is a safer option, and then make him work, which you did. I would prefer a leap into the air over a rear, so I feel you got lucky...because if he didn't leap, he would have probably reared.

A safer alternative would have been to just take him to the show to le him watch and after a couple shows when he's calmed down, then ride him. That was pretty dangerous.
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    07-27-2012, 10:57 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Copperhead    
I would prefer a leap into the air over a rear, so I feel you got lucky...because if he didn't leap, he would have probably reared.
I agree completely. I am very glad he didn't rear. I do not want that habit to start.

He was certainly kept moving and working after that. Especially so after he tried it again.
    07-27-2012, 11:08 AM
Beau, at home practise doing serpentines with lots of change of direction. Horses can do circles mindlessly but serptines make them keep their focus on the rider. The reverse of direction allows forward movement but his engine is working harder. It also doesn't allow him to brace his body and rear.
    07-27-2012, 11:20 AM
Green Broke
It truly may just have been nerves.. He's still a little new to you, new to barrels, and if he was snorting and scared all throughout the day it might have just built up throughout the day and finally got the best of him. I'm glad neither of you were hurt besides your shin..I would definitely take him back to the next jackpot. I would consider even taking him up to the arena and holding him there for a while to let him see you but also see everything else that is going on. You're there so he's "safe" and he's still getting the "show experience"..It'll just take time.
    07-27-2012, 11:21 AM
Oh geez! Yea for stickin!
    07-27-2012, 06:36 PM
Green Broke
Saddlebag: I was doing some other things besides just circles, and I could have added that in my original post. I was doing a bit of everything when I was just trying to keep his attention on me when he started freaking out at the "running horses" in the arena. Leg yields, spirals, sidepassing, rollbacks. But he finally just froze and BAM. I guess mostly it was just so unexpected for me, but now I'll know better.

DrumRunner: It wasn't a whole day. It was just a local small jackpot. Exhibitions were from 5:30 to 6:30 (we didn't roll in until 6:15 pm, I got held up at work) and then they started the first run-through at about 6:40. I'd say there were about 20+ riders in the first run-through. He had the big freak out about when the 5th or 6th rider were going. He was just that freaked out about why horses were running in the arena! He couldn't figure it out.

We had our "run" (we were number 13 .... haha, coincidence now that I think about it?.....) which we just trotted. He went into the arena very nicely and listened fairly well, after our 3 exhibitions we had just done earlier. But after that, I did get off him and stood near the gate with him, and we just watched. He is always much better with things when I am on the ground, I have discovered over the last few months I've had him. It's like he feels safe if I am standing there watching, or walking over/near the scary object.

I went home right about when they were starting the 2nd go-through, as they always have a double-header with pee-wee racers in between. I decided to go home because was walking around everywhere so very nice and calm! And no more snorting. We I figured that was a good note to end on.

Oh yes. We are for sure going back. He's gotta get used to it eventually. The next one is in 2 weeks.

Cowchick: I have no idea how I didn't fall off the first implosion. By my calculation, I should have fallen onto his neck, and then onto the ground.

Thank God for muscle memory because my brain doesn't really know what happened!
    07-27-2012, 07:57 PM
Green Broke
Huh..Who knows, it could be so many things lol and it's being Friday the 13th does make it a little funny.. Horses are strange, I'd just see what he does at the next one.
    07-27-2012, 08:07 PM
LOL, maybe he jumped back up underneath you instead of sucking back :) But H3ll, take them if they come to you! I have had my butt busted plenty of times in public and it embarrasses me so bad...tee I will do anything to not come off and its even better when a horse saves you and/or makes you look like a bronc stomper!

Too bad you couldn't take Beau and just pony Red around a jackpot and not run until he kinda gets the whole "going to town" thing.
    07-28-2012, 01:44 AM
Ruger was like that his first couple jackpots too. He's pretty chill now, but he did try and explode like that on me a few times as well. Good luck ^^

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