Originally Posted by Samuel
so when I first got arthur I let him eat out on a hack because I was just so excited about having him. Now though he has become awful at eating whilst out, its dangerous because he swings his bum out at 90 degrees so if we are in a road cars can't get by and because he is so big he is the fastest out of the horses that come out with us so we end up being crashed into. He is so strong so I end up dropping the reins and have to keep kicking him onwards so I am scared that im going to ruin his mouth and desensitise (that looks wrong im crap at spelling haha) him to my leg aids, I have tried grass reins and he managed to snap them and he had a muzzle thing on the other day and he still kept trying to get it and we were out for four hours so I would have thought he would have learnt he couldnt get it. How do I fix my man?!?!? Xx
I learned to ride on a Belgian Draft in Colorado. She is a weed diver. I spent my first few days having my arms pulled out of my sockets trying not to let her dive. I could barely ride at the time and they put afeedbag on her and that was it. She'd try but only halfheartedly. THe next year I said no feedbag! I'm going to ride her properly now that I know a little about how to ride. So second day out I'm feeling all on top of my game thinking my neck reining was stopping her from doing anything. But wrong I was.
They had a serious draught last summer but some rains the week before I came so the grass was green and high one fine day as we were riding a beauitufl straight patch by a stream. We were doing a nice trot and she's going along and (I can still see this in my mind's eye) she looks over to the left at a tasty patch of weeds and her head dips, she falls over herself, I go flying over her side and she's down and I'm airborne. While in flight I'm thnking "You stupid $*$% horse! You've killed us both!!"
We were lucky. She did not kill herself or hurt herself. Or hurt me. I got back on, my heart broken that she could be such an idiot. Can you imagine? She intended to EAT WHILE AT A TROT!!
I was told DIRECT REIN the girl. Watch her ears. Watch the direction of her head. YOU find those weeds before she does. The minute she even looks in that direction, POP her good with one rein. And press her on. And I did. I'm sure there's other moves I could have used, but that worked. We had a great week after that.
Take BOTH reins, keep your boys head where you want it, tolerate no diversion, but not in anger. Never in anger. He thinks he owns the world. Its not his fault. He's a little spoiled. You have to remind him that no - it's YOU that owns the world but you'll share it with him when he's good. And praise him lavishly when he is good. He'll get it.