If we seperate at the other riders gate or if I try to take him out on his own he bucks and carries on like a mad man!
He has always been better in company, sometimes he likes to have a race (which is a lot of fun >__<) but is generally a.. gentleman!
He does have a problem with 'taking off' and when I lived in ruralish Victoria, he used to gallop the last 100 metres of the ride and down the driveway..
Now that I live in country-but-only-place-to-ride-is-busy-road South Australia he just bucks. Has taken off on occasion, but mostly just bucks and bucks.
He's only a little 12.3 pony so they aren't very big (despite what he thinks ;D)
He used to be (still is ) a fantastic little pony, but since moving to South Australia I sort of 'gave up' in a way.
I had had enough of pleading with dad to take me to Pony Club (have been asking for 3 years, no change) or to help me with something as simple as holding the end of the lunge line. Also the only place to ride around where I live are steep hills on my property, a semi flat space at the bottom of the hill which HE refuses to fence in with electric fencing or busy roads around me.
Don't get me wrong, I love trailriding.. but riding on a main road for the entire ride with trucks thundering past at 100k/h does NOT equate 'trails' in my books
For some reason my dad thinks that its perfectly fine for me to try practice dressage tests and jumping on my excitable horses in the middle of a massive paddock on a hillside.. Attempting this once led to me getting off five minutes in because I was petrified.. 16.2hh Arab X TB taking off.. not good confidence building.
He gets riding a couple of times a month so I know that the majority of his behaviour stems from this, but why so quiet around other horses? He was such a sweetie on last weeks ride, didn't bat an eyelid at the emus that were walking past, or the man dragging bins out on a ride on mower. The horse we were with was a bit of a different story
Only time he freaked out was when the cows ran up to the fence line (he is PETRIFIED of moving cows.. even if they are just walking. Strangely he lives with a herd of 30 or so Scottish Highlands)
D; Sorry about this turning into a rant about father halfway through..
What I really want to know, is how can I get him 'going good' when we are out alone?
Besides the simple answer of riding him everyday, which will happen when I move back to Victoria within the next few days! So excited and happy about it . When I think about it, I wonder why I moved in the first place.. Mum gives me support with the horses, I went to shows regularly, I live in a town in the middle of a very extensive state forest (aka LOTS of fantastic trails), I was less than 5 minutes ride from a great PC.. Vince was ridden everyday and was a very levelheaded pony.
And that's just the horsey positives!
Gah babbling again.. I'll stop.
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