Bucked off today!
So, I was helping my friend with her horse and after she had some trouble with him wanting to run back to the gate (the place of rest), I asked to ride him (no helmet handy, breaking rule number one). I get on, with the stirrups at her length, not mine (WAY too long, like non existant) and walk him on. He has trouble in that he comes behind the bit and has done some rearing and bucking with her and is barn sour to boot.
I walk him around and when he turns and tries to trot to the gate, I use the one rein stop and offer to let him walk, he trots and I ORS again and agin. I think he is doing ok and go toward the gate but when I asked him to go past the gate he STOPPED and refused to go further. I took the reins and popped him on the neck and he went forward, then sideways, then UP then crowhoppig and then spinning and I went OFF. My good winter breeches caught on the horn on my off and I had a moment of terroe when I thought I was gong to be hung up on a mad horse, but they ripped and I hit the mud. Easy landing and me ok but my pants ripped all the way from waist to crotch! Ruined!
I was PISSSSED! "Get the helmet!" I said. Adjusted the stirrups, got on and rode just a wee bit, but I wasn't in the mood to go for broke because the neighboring horses were being fed and he was mentallly GONE.
I came away angry that I was not able to go throught that issue. He is going to do this again, and I need to be better able to deal with it.
I plan to take him to the round pen and get him honestly forward and a bit tired and then ride. But it's leaving his cozy barn that creates problems for my friend. I really want to try again, but I am not a bronc rider.
It's his way of thinking where he refuses to be honestly forward and comes behind the bit and behind the leg.
Now that he has gotten one rider off and has had my friend dismount and walk him home due to fear (she was forced to ride bareback for 6 weeks due to bad saddle fit) I am concerned that he will return to this pattern of behavior the next time he is asked to go somewhere he doesn't want to.
I guess you all are welcome to comment. I certainly comment on other folks problems plenty and rarely put myself out for critisism.
Think I should try to remount and deal with bucking or try something else.?