Thanks everybody, I don't have a professional trainer helping me, as the closest I can get is my awesome next door neighbour who is a race horse trainer, he has Mitchell for now and he's going to hack him out for me untill the weekend where I'm going to get him back and start working on him again.
I wasn't doing anything excesively difficult, and he is very balanced in his canter (to me anyway, but i'm naturally off balance thanks to scoliosis so hey)
I'm actually wondering if he's been bored also, I was only riding him in paddocks, while they were different ones with different scenery and "scary" objects (road cones and barrels) they were still just paddocks.
I did some bending poles on him at a trot the day before and he enjoyed it, but you should have seen his face when I asked him to walk around one of the big logs in the paddock, his eyeballs nearly popped out of his head. He is quite spooky but the last time he spooked he went leg yeilding across the paddock at a trot, which I have to admit was hilarious at the time because any other horse I know goes either backwards or forwards... very quickly. He leg yeilded, very quickly.
He has been taught to naturally go down on the bit, this was after he finished his racing career in April 2010.
I agree that you write very well and it's a good story, with a happy ending in that you weren't badly hurt.
I think that this horse doesn't know how to handle pressure. What I mean is that he goes along, goes along, goes along in a way of going that you describe as "lazy". He is kind of tuned out. When there is enough pressure to move him out of the zoned state of mind, he comes unglued. Some horses have two settings : Turned off and wacked out. And the tranistion line between the two is razor thin. Most horses have a middle ground that moves progressively toward wacked out as pressure goes up and with training, they know how to deal with a lot of pressure before they reach the place where they lose their mind. I think your guy has never had the training to DEAL with pressure and his inborn personality is kind of unaware or sucked into himself, UNTIL something breaks the shell and then he is GONE mentally. That's why a horse that on the surface looks really "deadbroke" can often be so mentally tuned out that he is dangerous when faced with sudden pressure.
I would work with him in a round pen (if you have one) and push him forward, push him to the point where you can see he is getting irritated or frustrated or just reacting to the pressure emotionally, and then experiment with both easing off at that point, and then pushing again, a little further. IF and WHEN he "blows" don't let him indulge in a long bucking session, but rather get hin there turn him, turn him , turn him and bring him back into his mind and listenting to you, even though he wants to react ballistically to the pressure.
Thankyou :) I enjoy creative writing but that's normally imaginary... This definitely wasn't haha!
When I got my first horse I trained myself to ride her before I actually rode her... If that makes sense. I don't have a round pen, but I would set up a make-shift one out of standards and a reel. Would this work? Or should I just kindly ask my neighbour if I can clean out and borrow his? It's a wee while away but that's ok.
Yeah I have to agree he is quite tuned out at times, for instance he's very smart but at the same time a bit of a numb skull, if I pick out his right front hoof first he doesn't pay attention and slowly leans backwards, then leans down slowly as if he's going to bow, then just drops to his knees because ****** wasn't paying attention, any other hoof he's alright though the wierdo :L
I also have to say I am in a far better mood about my horses in general today, I rode bubbles tonight and she was an absolute angel for once in her life, I rode with barely any contact on her mouth and we did a few flying changes. We are *hopefully* competing on saturday.
Humphrey wants to get Mitchell ready for me to compete on saturday in the flat classes, but I'm not to keen on that idea I would rather just take bubbles and leave Mitch at home... Unless maybe it could benefit him having a day out? Even just to walk around and not be ridden?
Sometimes a horse will, for lack of a better phrase, get a bug up his ass for no apparent reason. It's really good that you got back on him but I doubt his reaction was because he was fresh. After all, you said that you had already done several transitions up to and down from the canter. In my experience, if a horse is feeling froggy because he's fresh, then it's the first time you hit a canter that he'll blow.
Without having seen what happened with my own eyes, my gut tells me that this may have been his way of throwing a tantrum because he just didn't want to trot. If he tries it again, try to get his head bent to one side and use inside leg to push him into little tiny circles. With his neck bent and his hindquarters moving sideways, that will take much of the power away from his bucking or maybe stop him cold. Whenever I have one buck with me, immediately after they stop trying, when I still have their face to the side, I will push them into those tiny little circles for a minute or two until they are puffing pretty good. Then, I just resume what we were doing when the fit started. On a normal horse, it only takes a few sessions of that before they give up bucking altogether.
Thankyou smrobs, I will try that next time, generally when they buck that's around about what I do if I can't initially push them forwards underneath me to canter properly, but this time it happened so fast I couldn't react fast enough... And that's saying something because I race ministocks and have one of the fastest reaction times on the track, which has saved my butt numerous times.
My knee is still purple haha but I rode bubbles today anyway, I will sacrifice my comfort to keep her in work and strong lol. That's why I love bubbles, because no matter how, when or why I get thrown off any horse I know I can get on her and do what I would do on any other day, she just can't scare me anymore. So I got on her today especially for that reason, because it did un nerve me quite a bit when Mitchell did what he did.
*hehe, sorry, another novel.* -i'm good like that :L