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post #1 of 2 Old 09-28-2009, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow *BANG* the sound my head makes when it hits the ground.

Soo I was riding today, my horse like to gallop off when I am trying to jump and he did this today. Usually I go for a hack before to wear him out so he is not so hyper for when I jump but today it was going to rain so I just warmed him up and started jumping. it was all good and well until we tried to do one jump that he likes to gallop towards. now usually i can hold him back but today I decided to just let him go for it and we cleared it. but he decided to just continue cantering and galloping around (my horse is usually really lazy so I decided this would be good so he can tire himself out and listen better). so we galloped one lap and another but the next lap he started dropping his head to eat(he is a cow when it come to eating) but i lifted it up and again he tried. well this time i wasn't paying attention and he did a quick turn and I came tumbling off. i rolled off and bounced on my back then landed with my head first. (i was wearing a helmet*thank god!)

any suggestions on what I should do now?
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-28-2009, 07:46 PM
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Never, ever, ever let him do what he wants if he's not listening to you. If you decide ahead of time to let him go ahead and gallop (although, teaching a horse to rush a jump isn't a good idea), then be sure that you don't wait for him to try. Tell him to do so, and that way he's not winning any battle he's having with you.

Do you know how to do a one rein stop? If not, learn quickly. Every time he goes faster than you want him to, sit back on your butt and yank his head around. Also, I'd suggest getting a standing martingale to prevent him from eating in the middle of riding if it's a common problem you have with him.

More than likely your problem is that he doesn't respect you, not that he's too hyper. But if he respects you all other times, maybe try to lunge him before you get on. Get some of his excess energy out and don't jump him while he's still worked up.
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