Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
ALL of the horses that day weren't ready for this test. My old herd would often watch other horses misbehave but NOT follow that lead in the 26 years that we went to local and national Civil War Reenactments.
You NEED to train to desensitize. Here is what I am doing with my two 6yo's tomorrow, since I'll be home all day.
1) Take geldings out and tie to tie spots
2) Complete grooming, including fly spray
3) 15 minutes lunging training/each
4) Till the small training ring right across the fence from them
5) Leave them tied one more hour, while I garden--100 feet from them.
6) Turn out and repeat at noon, while I MOW next to them, literally.
7) Turn out and tack up to school and ride when my family gets home.
ANY thing that you can expose your horse to in a controlled situation will prevent this from happening again.
Try to put in training EVERY DAY POSSIBLE this summer, even if it's only a 10 minute session on the ground, but establish leadership with every training session.
My lesson horses--1st 10 years of horse ownership--were ridden OVER 1,000 hours/year. I tied them up to eat their grain every day, and they were worked/ridden by students with me teaching, on the ground, in the middle of a small arena 5-10 hours/week, from April to October, at least 3 hours every Saturday, October to April. Then, we threw them in the trailer for weekend events.
NO WAY can I duplicate THIS, but I can use the same principles. Horses get sweeter with use, just like a violin.
ONE MORE THING, whenever you can pair up your horse with a seasoned, well-broken older horse. They will gain confidence bc the older horse will NOT buck or misbehave when another horse gets fractious.
If you want MORE ideas, PM me.
Really sorry that you got hurt. **hugs**