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post #1 of 5 Old 10-01-2010, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Did I do something wrong? Or did he?

If anyone's read my other posts, I don't have a horse at the moment (we've had horses since I was 11...but more often then not they weren't rideable, or were a result of our stupidity. lol), but am looking for one. My dad just bought a rather expensive 5 year old APHA gelding for my little sister a month ago. And they wont ride him or touch him. So he's been sitting "rotting" for a month.
My sister gets very upset when I mess with him, even though she's scared or for some reason wont exercise him. My parents had been backing her decision, and last friday I had him saddled and ready to go and they were like "no. It's her horse. Get off."
This week, I've decided to he%& with that. Yesterday I took him out bareback for a few minutes just doing loops in a pasture and he was good as gold.
Today, I saddled him and went for a 45 minute trail ride..and it...was BAD. He didnt want to whoa. AT ALL. He wanted to trot, and not walk at all. just wanted to go go go. And I wouldnt let him ( not on his own terms), so it got worse as the ride went on. Then about 1 1/2 into our ride he started trotting then loping with me telling him whoa and pulling on him. memories of being 11 again and having a horse take off on me flashed back to mind. But this time I just took his head and pulled it back towards my left ankle and made him go in a tight circle a few times til he seemed a bit mellower. he was snorting and just pissed. The ride got a little better, until 10 minutes later he kind of crow hopped. A few minutes later my saddle started to slide more to the side, and with him being as bad as he was, I knew a falling saddle and a antsy horse was a bad combo so I got of and led him the half a mile home.
At home I looked..and it looked like *MAYBE* I hadnt had the headstall adjusted tight enough.
Now Im completely doubting myself over his antics on our ride. DID I DO SOMETHING WRONG? Or was he just barn sour? Supposedly he was "kid safE" just a couple months ago when they were horse shopping for him.
Now Im even thinking, am I a terrible rider and should I totally be rethinking my idea of getting a horse? Would I just screw it up?
Any tips for getting a horse to cool off on the trail? Was circles a good idea or not?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-01-2010, 08:10 PM
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If he was quiet when they bought him and he's been sitting in the field for months, I'm willing to bet he's just glad to finally be out doing something, and as a result is frisky and full of energy. I know I can't leave Tango for more than a day without her getting ******ed-imagine leaving her alone for a month before working her again. As far as I'm concerned, I think you did the right thing by circling. If you can, keep working with him and don't give up! If you're able to get some consistent work into him and ride him as much as you can, chances are he'll settle down and be easier for you.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-01-2010, 08:13 PM
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Oh, I forgot to add: make sure you're relaxed and calm at all times. I know I tense up a lot on Tango when she gets antsy, and it just makes the situation 100 times worse.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-01-2010, 08:18 PM
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I agree with Tango. You can't just let a horse sit in the pasture for months on end and expect them to be perfectly behaved when you finally decide to ride. Your parents are being foolish by backing your sister. What would she have done if he had done those things with her? She probably would have scared the crap out of him or fallen off on the crow hop and she would be even MORE afraid of him and then your parents would assume he was a bad horse and unsafe.

What you are describing is just him being happy to FINALLY be doing some work! The headstall issue could be part of the reason for your problem with getting him to stop in addition to his excitement.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-01-2010, 09:14 PM
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I agree with Tango & Amarea. My old eventing horse, Harry, would act like he hadn't been ridden in weeks if I missed a day of exercising him in some way. This horse may just be the same way.

Plus, if you were scared and nervous he could without a doubt pick that up from you. Horses are herd animals that take flight at the smallest hint of danger and ask questions later. When one horse is nervous and takes off, the others don't question him, they run away from the "danger" as well.

If you do get back on him try exercising him in a more enclosed space. Alot of the horses I've ridden are more apt to want to go fast in an open area like a field rather than in an arena.
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