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post #1 of 5 Old 07-07-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Horses bad behavior... and I fell.

So I fell off today for the first time. I'm a "re-beginner" and my horse (I've had her for a little over 2 months) is having some really bad behaviors.

Shes so spooky. The big spook is cars. Then today we were trail riding (not near cars anymore), the horse in front of us (who is really bombproof and old) trotted a little. Anna bolted. Whenever she canters, she starts bucking. I knew this was coming and I was trying to get her to stop cantering. She ignored me, she started bucking as usual. I was pulling on the reins to get her head up to stop the buck while trying to remain seated. She reared twice. And I fell off.

She then walked away and began eating grass.

The biggest thing hurt is my pride. She needs a trainer, now I just have to figure out how to go about that. And get some riding lessons for myself.

Shes 10 years old, she shouldn't be so spooked anymore. I did get back on her after I walked her home but I mostly just sat on her, we didn't go anywhere. I was still shaking. I let her graze in the yard in halter with the rope over her back. She stepped on it and reared, completely freaked out.

When she canters in the pasture she also bucks.

Shes been vet checked, and teeth and hooves are good. Now I just gotta figure out how to get a trainer and how much its gonna cost and save up.

Sorry this was so long, I just wanted to tell people who understand!
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-07-2012, 09:39 PM
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Age has little to do with spooking, sorry to say.

I'm at a bit of a loss about what advice to give :( trail riding with others is going to cause problems because of the bucking and she may not be able to handle trail riding alone. You may not need to send her off for training but at least a once a week lesson is a good idea. Make sure your trainer gives you "homework".
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-07-2012, 09:47 PM
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Aww, that sucks.

Until you have her behavior up to par, I would keep her at home, no trail rides or riding on the road, just because of the added danger. I agree with the idea of a trainer and lessons, as long as you are able to work with your horse at least most of the time. It won't do any good to send your horse to training to be fixed, only to have her come back and realize the problem is you. Not saying it is you, but if you both work together under a trainer, you will learn together and it will be better for you in the long run, I think.

Best of luck! Glad you weren't hurt too bad in your fall!
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Thanks yall! I would definitely like to be able to work with the trainer so I can correct any problems I have also. At first, I thought it was me being "too bouncy" or "unbalanced" on the canter. So I quit cantering her until I got to be a better rider. Today, I did not ask for the canter and did not want her to do it. I knew what was coming.

How do you go about finding a trainer? I don't know where to look. My familys upset (theyre non-horsey people) and want me to sell her. I'm not going to do that, I'm not giving up on her, but I wish they were more supportive. It adds to the stress.

Thank yall so much for reading and replying.
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You are not the only one with family who doesn't understand. Mine are non-horsey. They are reasonably supportive, but most everyone just thinks I should sell. It gets old, I know.

As far as finding a trainer, I would go by word of mouth. Ask your horse friends, your vet, your farrier for suggestions. You can also google horse trainers in your area and maybe find someone credible. You can also get on Craigslist and ask for suggestions. And when you talk to a trainer, ask for references! Also specifically say that your horse rears. Some trainers do not want to work with rearers, so you may as well get that out of the way first.
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