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post #21 of 25 Old 09-07-2009, 01:58 AM
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I agree...I don't think it's just "he's totally uncontrollable"...

I think your friend was a direct cause of the incident, and shame on him for not listening to you in the first place. However, that is past and now you have to deal with the 'aftermath'.

When he get's 'uncontrollable' have you ever just pushed him into a run (which it sounds like he might just want to do) and made him run until he is 'begging' you to stop?

I had a friend a few years back who had a mare who was like Blu; she was uncontrollable, especially if you put her into a trot and then a lope. Once she was loping, it was all better just be prepared to hang on, until she wanted to settle down. So one night, when I wound up riding her, I asked for a trot, but she right away went into a canter; and rather than try to stop, or slow her down, I grabbed one rein, and pulled her into a circle. Eventually I was able to switch directions, but I waited until she was getting a bit tired, to ask for the change of directions. And I just kept her going till a little beyond the point where she was begging me to let her stop. She would try to trot, but I would push her right back into a canter. Finally, when I straightened her out, and asked for a stop, she stopped very willingly; and I asked for that trot again, and she gave it willingly without trying to run out on me. Might be something you could try with him.

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post #22 of 25 Old 09-07-2009, 02:21 AM
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Ugh, I know how you feel. I fell off my horse after he bucked 5 times today (my saddle was stabbing into my spine when he bucked and it hurt so much I decided just to fall off!) because of a thunderstorm. This was during a clinic, 3 other riders were there and at least 7 people watching. I feel like a total idiot who can't ride. Anyways what I would do is try lunging your horse and see how he is on the lunge line, it sounds like he just has some pent up energy and lunging would help get that out.
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post #23 of 25 Old 09-09-2009, 02:32 PM
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Ah, rodeos... Why is the most dangerous stuff always the most fun? I have friends that are the same way, always wanting to jump on my horses even though they don't know a dang thing about em. Take care and make sure your friends get some education in equestrianism before they hurt themselves.

As for your horse acting up, a lot of horses know when they have an inexperienced rider on their backs and will take advantage of it. Explain that to people before they get on. If needed, make them watch some youtube videos of riding gone wrong. Lol that'll scare them into listening!
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post #24 of 25 Old 09-10-2009, 11:51 AM
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How's Blu doing now?

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post #25 of 25 Old 09-16-2009, 06:59 PM
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your not a terrible rider. I dont know how many times Cowboy pulled stuff like that the first year I owned him. I would just ride him home crying I would get so frustrated. Then we learned to understand each other and he is the best horse I could have asked for.

How long have you owned Blu? Maybe you guys just havent figured each other yet?
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