He was going really well for me the first few weeks, yeah sure he "tested the waters" for a bit, but it was nothing exactly scary or really naughty. Just really little things like trying to drift his corners, which he did not get away with.
But the on tuesday last week I got on him, there was nothing out of the normal, I rode him with the same tack, he behaved the same bringing him in, brushing him, tacking him up, getting on him etc. We had already done around 6-7 trot canter/canter trot transitions because the previous day He got excited while jumping a very small log(30cm or so) and would do a teeny buck going into canter, which I pushed him out of before he got bigger... He has a HUGE hind end and HUGE shoulders.
Anyway, I went for another transition but this time from walk to trot, and he was being lazy and wouldnt go, so I used more leg as normal, and he still wouldn't go. So I gave him a tap with the whip, and he just exploded into a massive bucking fit, then bolted and kept bucking and farting and everything he could possibly think of, by the time I realised I had no show of staying on I was already off to the side of him still holding on so I let go and leapt because there is no way in hell I am having 700kg+ of horse run over top of me, no thankyou.
Now I did NOT hit him hard, just a tap on the shoulder as normal. He is NOT afraid of whips at all. I can stand beside him and wave it around his face and everywhere else I can tap him all over his body with it and rub it everywhere and he does not blink an eyelid. I have tapped him on the shoulder many a time before to get him moving, and he has responded by doing what I asked. But not this time.
I sat on the ground for a bit wondering how the hell nothing was hurting at that stage because I hit the ground hard, while I was falling I actually had time to look down and mentally go "oh crap, he's higher than I thought" THUD..
He carried on bucking and bolting through the paddock for a further 5 minutes or so while I sat on the ground waiting to see if anyone would turn up.. They didn't.
I eventually caught him and ended up lunging him and then getting back on again even though by this time everything hurt and I knew my knee was decently bruised. I must say though I have NEVER seen a horse look so guilty before. He looked so guilty it just wasn't funny. He knew exactly what he had done, and I competely ignored him while I gathered myself up and walked back to where I was before, he followed me the whole way, which is normal for him, but he just looked so ashamed of himself.
I have no idea where to go from here, sure I've been thrown off horses before, sure I got back on before. And I have had worse falls before, but I don't know how to take his reaction to that fact that he knew what he had done. Is it possible he wasn't paying attention when I tapped him and it gave him a fright?
I know for a fact that the grass is a lot richer now that the rain has been, even dad said it's like rocket juice for our cows, so I know that could have played a part, but I'm honestly scared to get back on. I know if I had expected him to do it I could have stopped it, but I didn't feel it or anything it just happened. I have a neighbour who I could ask to get on Mitchell for me, and I am not ashamed to ask for help, but could he have done it because the grass has given him a sore stomach? He wasn't on dairy pasture before I got him.
And I know at only 7yo he needs regular work, which he was getting, even if it meant I didn't have tea that night, or got told off at school the next day for not doing homework.
Sorry for the novel... Needed to vent, the fact that I keep smacking my now purple and black swollen knee doesn't help the mood much.
Any suggestions? There's probably more I can add onto the story later but it's late and it's a school night and I give up on horses for the day I really do