I know that petting is reinforcing the bad behavior. When my dog would start shaking because of thunder storms, we'd just ignore her. I was just pretty shaken up. I guess I just wanted to make sure he was ok.
Mayfieldk- i've been riding for the past 12 years, so i'm not a green rider. It was just when I ride Vega, my lower leg comes forward and I think that's because i'm concentrating more on her, than what i'm looking like. I was riding Gem so I could focus on my lower leg and not have to worry about him taking off.
Gem was a lesson horse for i'm going to say atleast 5 years. And from just being there for a year already, Lesson horses basically get worked into the ground, They don't care what condition the horse is in. They'll intimidate a horse to make him response, and a bunch of other nasty stuff. So my fiance and I feel that his back is sore from years of having people on him. He also had abcesses that he had to have surgery for, so we feel he is very touchy with his feet and if the ground is too hard, it hurts him.
I guess if you knew Gem, you'd know what the head bob meant. He's done that everytime he's had enough. And my fiance feels bad that he was a lesson horse, so he lets him get away with it. But that's what Tom says and since he works with Gem, he knows his horse.
The only thing that I just don't get is, what he actually spooked at. There was the guy standing behind me, and no one else out there. And he's not the type of horse that will spook at something in the distance either. The only time he spooked was when a brown bag blew towards him in the summer. He took a huge side step and hit into my fiance and then he stopped. That was it. That was the only time he spooked.
I still think he's in some sort of pain. And i'm sure if something scared him that bad, he'd do it, whether he was in pain or not.
Maybe i'll post the video of him walking and trotting so you all can see how he moves. He just looks like really stiff to me. And even with him being warmed up, there was no improvement.
This has been something that's been bothering my fiance and me since we got him. And we kept saying, we'll give him time off and he'll be better. But the last time he was ridden was in May? Maybe June the latest. So he's had 9 months to recover.
I don't know, it just seems so odd to me.