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post #21 of 34 Old 03-12-2008, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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it all happened so quickly that I couldn't even prepare.
I just have no idea what could have triggered it because there was another horse out there and she was fine.

Just got to wait and see what the vet says.

My ooofff! Cracks me up to. And I love how like the first thing I said was "i think I got it on camera" ahh I amuse myself
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post #22 of 34 Old 03-12-2008, 05:29 PM
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Ha, I'm sorry but that's good fun, and the noise! I hope you're all right though.

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laugh away! It's here for everyone's enjoyment

I'm ok. I'm sore today, but that's to be expected.
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post #24 of 34 Old 03-12-2008, 06:26 PM
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laughing and laughing im sorry but it was funny when you hit the ground lol you must have hit pretty hard

I wouldnt worry too much about pain. Looks like he just plain old spooked at something. Right before he does it something over to the right gets his attention and then yeah he was pretty snorty so I don't think its pain :)

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I promise too that if I ever fall off and get in on camera you can watch and laugh as hard as you like :)

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i'm glad i'm making everyone laugh
I'm guessing I hit the ground hard too because i'm sore today. I think I had a rush of adrenaline that I didn't really feel it too much.

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i wouldnt worry too much about pain. Looks like he just plain old spooked at something. Right before he does it something over to the right gets his attention and then yeah he was pretty snorty so I don't think its pain
We're just having the vet come out as a just in case. We just want to make sure that he's ok. Tom has always thought his back and feet were bothering him, so after that he just wants to make sure he's alright.
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Wierd... that was out of nowhere!! Glad you're okay!


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Thanks. I showed it to Tom on my computer just now. Gem kept putting his head down and lifting it back up. And that is apparently the signal that he's had enough and is done. But it looks like something spooked him too.

You'll notice that after i'm out of the saddle and he comes to a stop, he'll lower and raise his head, basically saying "i told you I had enough" Gem Bar is funny.
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He spooked, and in that video, he has absolutely no pain. His little 'head bob' at the end has little to do with him being done... horses raise and lower their heads to get something far or close in focus in their eyes. He's trying to locate what bothered him so much. Right before he bucks, he lifts his head up (which COULD be a sign of pain) but his ears are focused away towards something and not back at you (so it's clearly not pain. Horses who raise their head in pain have their ears back, or pointed to the source.) Then he snorts (more fear) and raises his tail to attempt to poop (horses empty their bowels when they get scared, so they're lighter... No joke. Scientific fact. Ah, the wonders of my Equine Science class. ).
Also, what you mentioned about posting.. If you're a green or a just-getting-back-into-it rider, you could be causing him pain by posting if you're landing too hard in the saddle (hence why he prefers two point). You don't 'sit' in the saddle when you're posting, you softly touch back down. Pretend there are egg shells on the saddle, and you don't want to break them.
He could be in pain, but this video does not show any signs of it. Good luck!
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Also... you'll probably hate me for this... but don't pet him after he gets scared (this means all horses). You don't have to get back on (horses don't really know that they bucked you off and they 'won'), but when you pet him, you're telling him, 'Good boy! Good, it's a good thing you were scared, or we may have gotten eaten!' because that's why horses get scared... they think they're going to die! Lol You are enforcing the behavior. Instead, just be calm and act like it never happened... then he'll follow his 'leader' and be calm too. :)
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Also... you'll probably hate me for this... but don't pet him after he gets scared (this means all horses). You don't have to get back on (horses don't really know that they bucked you off and they 'won'), but when you pet him, you're telling him, 'Good boy! Good, it's a good thing you were scared, or we may have gotten eaten!' because that's why horses get scared... they think they're going to die! Lol You are enforcing the behavior. Instead, just be calm and act like it never happened... then he'll follow his 'leader' and be calm too. :)
that's a good point, I'm going to stop petting Vida when she gets scared. When I'm on her and she goes to alert mode I just say "its ok" over and over and tell her I won't let whatever it is eat her
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