Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
I have a welsh gelding exactly like you. And I am in the same situation..
I feel what you are going through and I am sorry that you are. Unfortunately there is not a lot you can do about the land, unless you ask the neighbors your self.
I can not offer any help with your Clydesdale, but the welsh sounds a lot like mine. Hopefully, my experience will help you out.
Now, first thing first: Your safety is the most important thing.
If he is anything like Pumpkin (The food orientated, I am happy to be my own leader and be by myself type), a lot of ground work will help, I found it helped Pumpkin a lot. Also lunging or lots of exercise before riding helps. He will sill have energy, just a little bit less of it. Once he is behaving well with that, hop on and trot trot trot. Each direction.But of course, do a long good warm up with a quick paced, working walk. After that, do lots of different circle sizes and lines. A lot of neck bending, both ways and side passing. The important thing is to just keep him busy. Don't push for canter until a few days of trotting nicely. Practice feeling very comfortable on the hilly sides. I don't have the flattest land either and it is still a problem for me to ride comfortably on.
If he does buck, sit deep, give a loud ARGH and spin him in a small circle. Than ask him to stand nice for a few seconds. If he does so, praise him. That is important. If he does it again, increase the punishment. He should soon figure out what will happen.
If he does keep doing it and it gets to much for you to handle, get off, and lunge. As quickly as you can, leaving a minimal delay.
If you happen to fall off, dust your self off, make sure you are o.k, and get back on. Just hop back on. There is no point in punishing him now as it will confuse him as to what he is being punished for.
Bolting is different issue. If Pumpkin bolts, and I turn his head to me, he runs sideways. Not a pleasant thing to have to deal with. If he does, kick him on. That way he gets the idea you are telling him to run. Once your gelding gets to his destination, turn him and sprint him away from there... and keep going till he behaves. He will get the idea that if he runs, he will have to do more. Of course, if he keeps it up, get off and lunge.
I wish you a lot of good luck and I know am going through the same thing now.
If you need anyone to vent to, feel free to pm me and let me know.
Good luck, and I really hope things get fixed up soon.
There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
Last edited by PumpkinzMyBaby22; 03-02-2011 at 04:32 AM.