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    07-28-2010, 08:30 AM
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Foal
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?
     
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    07-28-2010, 08:40 AM
  #2
Trained
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......:)
     
    07-28-2010, 08:50 AM
  #3
Foal
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.
     
    07-28-2010, 09:19 AM
  #4
Yearling
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.
     
    07-28-2010, 10:26 AM
  #5
Showing
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Originally Posted by artsyjenn    
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.
     
    07-28-2010, 10:40 AM
  #6
Green Broke
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.
     

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