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  • Young horse being a brat for my daughter

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    01-29-2012, 03:53 PM
Backwards in Progress?

Have you ever felt like you were doing so well up until one day where all of a sudden it's like you've never been on a horse in your life? Or maybe not that extreme?

Today I felt it.
My friend came to visit this weekend and she was watching me w/t and canter. I was all over the place! My horse was being a goof hotrod and trying to run himself into jumping stands (I have no idea!) I had to try pushing the inside leg to get him away from them. Then when I followed at the canter with my arms, he started nearly galloping! It was wild!!
He was ignoring my cues and hollowing a lot today. Just not like him at all!

Then we went on a friend-led bareback trail ride. He was in a halter and led on a lead rope. My friend went first and then I hopped on via a fence (first time doing that and he stood still!) but I could feel my tension. By the end of it, we were both so relaxed. We only walked, but we went up hills, through little marshy areas, down roads, through gates, past deer and goats and horses. He was so happy.

But what a difference from day to day. It's like I was a child today, riding the rambunctious obnoxious pony known for bucking.

Have you ever experienced back tracking like that?
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    01-29-2012, 04:10 PM
Some days, you're just not with it. I had an off day in a lesson around when school started (The WORST time to have an off day at my barn is lesson day, because the trainer doesnt know the meaning of 'bad day' o.o)

Anyway. After getting my a** chewed by someone who is probably qualified to be an instructor at military school, I kept riding until I could end on a good note. Sometimes its hard but it has to happen.

Glad you ended good though, that's the most important thing.
    01-29-2012, 04:18 PM
Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
I kept riding until I could end on a good note. Sometimes its hard but it has to happen.

Glad you ended good though, that's the most important thing.
Ugh that sounds awful :/ I swear I've met some people that just enjoy yelling.. bad days happen though

That's how I felt, though! Even though I was flustered (with myself because I convinced myself I wasn't giving him clear enough cues) and tired of giving the canter signal, and whatnot.. I was so determined to end on a good note. I didn't want our last canter attempt to be me bumping on his back and him thinking he could go hollow instead of actual use his back. Once we got it though, it was very nice and we stayed on the rail and I kept with him. But man.. if my hair could change colours it would have been fire engine red!

But I just felt like I shouldn't even ride him anymore since lately I feel like I'm just messing him up.
    01-29-2012, 04:23 PM
I hate those days, but you gotta push through them! I spent a good amount of time last year messing my new filly up, just because her personality is like no other horse I've ever ridden, and she would probably kill you if you tried to push her around. So the more aggressive I got trying to get her to behave the worse and more bound up she got. One fall flat on my ass fixed that problem...Lesson learned eh?

Chin up, you'll have LOTS of better rides in the future.
    01-29-2012, 04:31 PM
Yeah I can see how that would be a huge problem, when you get to the point where you begin to wind each other up. A fall on your butt would definitely snap things back to reality, though. I've been there before too haha

Thanks I'm feeling better :) Only a few weeks left till I go, though. Gotta make them count!
    01-29-2012, 04:47 PM
Green Broke
Been there and it's generally right after I say "and he's doing SO well!!".

One day I had the child-safe, utterly quiet horse that I was constantly getting after to stop dawdling and the next day I had the bolting, rodeo bronc that sent everyone else in the arena scrambling for the exit.

I have an ultra-sensitive, high strung, young horse that decided he was tired of "working" and wanted to let everyone know! Umh yeah... that he did and boy was that not a fun day. We got through it though (1hr lesson went nearly 3) and he now thinks twice before pulling that crap again!
    01-29-2012, 04:50 PM
Some days they don't feel like going to school (arena work), they wanna play hooky. Your horse was just being a brat, like kids can be at times. Doesn't mean they are incorrigible, just means they are brats on that day.
    01-29-2012, 04:59 PM
Well I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one! I kept trying to apologize to everyone else in the arena. He tried running down another horse (SO unlike him) and shaking his head and trying to trot over my friend, wouldn't mind his space.

I just hope Wednesday (our lesson) goes much better. I've ordered an oh sh-- strap so I can get the canter motion down.
    01-29-2012, 07:36 PM
Green Broke
I have them, and I can generally tell when Buzz will is having them as well, on those days I don't ride.
I either just groom him or let him go for a run :)
    01-29-2012, 10:49 PM
Green Broke
I have days like that but normally its everything going wrong and not just one thing.

Like I once had a day where everything was just totally out of sync, I tripped on stairs, accidentally started walking up a down escalator, burnt my finger. It was just like an entire day of failing at being a functional human being. The good thing is that there is always the next day and the next and you move on and sometimes have brilliant days.

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