We found his weak spot.... - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 07-28-2010, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2010
Location: northeast ohio
Posts: 88
• Horses: 4
We found his weak spot....

My daughter is 9, and I would say intermediate beginner. She has a 5 year old quarter pony. He's young, but he's very well trained and quiet. They are doing great riding at home, at the trainer's, and at the 4H advisor's house. Normally not spooky at all. Motorcycles, truck air brakes, machinery, takes it all in stride. But one thing gets him. Another horse cantering up behind him, or seeing other horses running in close proximity.
Last night we had a riding practice at the fairgrounds (fair is in a month). There are 2 arenas, separated by a pavilion. Someone started running barrels in the other arena, and he had a little buckfest. Kiddo hung on. She went around 2 more times, but he was still extremely worried about the horses in the next ring, and had decided that he was afraid of a large saddlebred that another kid was cantering in our ring. He was obviously getting ready to buck again, so we put one of our advanced riders on him. He bucked with her twice, but she was able to push him through it and they rode for about 15 minutes. After that we did showmanship in the center of the ring while another group (horses he didn't know) rode on the rail, many of them cantering. He had settled down by then and did his ground work perfectly, but that may just have been because he was tired.
Is this a common problem? Any suggestions?
artsyjenn is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 07-28-2010, 08:40 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: left of center
Posts: 7,083
• Horses: 2
Boy this brings back some OLD memories. When I was about her age, I had a QH who also HATED other horses coming up behind him and he would buck. We did a QH show that I remember vividly......he bucked THE ENTIRE time we loped in the show ring......I was crying, dad made me ride thru it.....It was awful! Anyway, after we got back home after the show, dad called some QH trainer friends of his, and "tuned up" the horse.....one of them on him, and several others riding in the ring also.....they literally rode right into him, and finally got him to stop bucking. This may be a bit extreme, but it worked! If you know a polo team or a bunch of rodeo people!
Good luck with this-I do think riding him thru it is the secret, perhaps not as extreme as dad did......:)

Signature undergoing edits. Please standby.......
franknbeans is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 07-28-2010, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2010
Location: northeast ohio
Posts: 88
• Horses: 4
At least I know we're not alone lol. I'm HOPING it's just a matter of getting him used to the fairgrounds environment (which is a lot to soak in for a 5 year old). When we ride at our advisors house, he no longer seems bothered by someone else cantering. But he's comfortable and used to being there, and he knows all of those horses. He doesn't mind other horses walking or trotting behind him, it's just the cantering and galloping.
I suppose if it persists we can haul him over to the trainer, put one of her advanced students on him, and have some other advanced kids canter around the arena.
artsyjenn is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 07-28-2010, 09:19 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Gloomy Indianapolis
Posts: 799
• Horses: 1
It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to try and get a few people to ride around him, if for no other reason to make SURE it was just show jitters. I know Jack is a perfect angel at home in the arena and pastures, but take him somewhere and he is a different boy. Not spooky, but VERY alert and full of himself and ready to go-go-go,lol.
Jacksmama is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 07-28-2010, 10:26 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
Originally Posted by artsyjenn View Post
I suppose if it persists we can haul him over to the trainer, put one of her advanced students on him, and have some other advanced kids canter around the arena.
I'd say it's the safest thing to do.
kitten_Val is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 07-28-2010, 10:40 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Posts: 4,367
• Horses: 5
I think the horse just needs to keep experiencing this until it's an every day sort of thing for him....just a matter of time, and riding him through it like everyone else said.

I have a similar issue with Cinny. My stable is very pony heavy and one day I was riding and the next thing we know about 6 kids were galloping their ponies around the arena like maniacs...he just about came unglued! Now I purposely ride when I know they are having one of their little "pony meetings" just so I can make him go through it. I usually start of just standing or walking slow circles in the middle of the arena so he can seem them really well, then I slowly get him into arena work off the rail while they take the rail. They all pretty much know his quirk by now and they stay a safe distance so nobody gets hurt but they gradually take turns come towards him, coming behind him etc. It's only been about 3 times but I can now ride him on the rail with the ponies and although he acts nervous when they come up from behind, he doesn't really act up or do anything unsafe, he just lets me know he isn't happy about it. I have yet to ride in the arena with more than 1 other horse, so I am not sure what that will do with something bigger than a pony coming up from behind lol.
Cinnys Whinny is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Weak Right Leg? Scoutrider English Riding 4 07-12-2010 02:31 PM
Am I just weak? (Riding uphill) blossom856 English Riding 4 10-14-2008 12:07 AM
Weak hooves? JustDressageIt Horse Health 13 07-22-2008 07:30 AM
weak hooves!!! help!! Robyn-Niagara Horse Health 13 04-21-2007 05:04 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome