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post #11 of 155 Old 11-02-2013, 06:08 PM
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Haha. I was just wondering if it was him because he is seriously a clone of Reggie. Good luck with him :).
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post #12 of 155 Old 11-02-2013, 06:21 PM
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Edit: Could you possibly give me a full body shot of him. He is seriously a duplicate.. Just to see :). You could pm it to me so I don't bomb this thread.
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post #13 of 155 Old 11-02-2013, 08:16 PM
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How long has he been under saddle? Sounds to me like he's going through the usual 3 year old tantrum stage. They come back from the breakers nice as pie, great for a few months and then start getting confident and trying to test your boundaries. If you're not a terribly experienced rider then it can end in tears - such as in your situation.
Definitely get someone to come and work with both of you together, it's all good and well to have lessons elsewhere, but you really need on the spot assistance with this horse.
Would I be right in assuming that when he starts to jig, you get tense or nervous? This will make your body tighten, stop riding functionally, and makes the horse then certain that you're not in control so it's time to run away.
You are lucky in that he gives you a warning with the jigging first. I had a horse that would go along as nice as pie, then be in a full bolt and slam into the opposite end of the arena and start shaking. Bloomin' spooky horses!!!!

When he jig jogs, the first thing to do is BREATHE!!! Just big breaths in through your nose, out through your mouth. Fill your lungs up with air. Just the action of breathing relaxes your body (when we are nervous, we often hold our breath or shallow breathe, which immediately creates tension) and in the majority of cases, will start to calm the horse down. If you're staying nice and loose on his back, he can feel it so you are giving him no reason to bolt.
Once you are actually breathing and relaxed, take his head quietly (no jerking and big pulling actions when he is anxious, you will make it worse) to the inside and put your inside leg on the girth, asking him to move across. You are disengaging the hind end, and because of this he will have to refocus his attention on where he puts his legs or he will lose balance. I have used this multiple times on breakers, more experienced but piggy horses, and off the track thoroughbreds. It has worked every time. Just with around, so ask him to step a few times off one leg, then the other, so on and so forth.
If you feel confident in doing so, start trotting him. A lot of nervous riders will force an anxious horse to walk, which can fuel the situation. If you start trotting or even cantering, and again ask the horse to move off your legs on a big circle, keeping him thinking and moving, more often that not the horse will calm down really quite quickly and start to switch on to you.

But please, get yourself some help with this horse, at least one or two lessons on him to give you some tips on resolving the issue.

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So. it's his emotional state. if he is readjusting to being at your place, after a period of time at the trainer's, then give him some time to adjust. If he has no horses in sight, consider getting him a companion, even if it's a goat. But the jigging is likely his anxiety, so it's not a matter of you working on your seat, but a matter of yoiu considering how to literally make him feel better.
that can be by ground work that gives him something else to think about, and puts him focussed on YOU to provide his security. and/or the companion, who will help to settle him. he is very young and being alone is very stressful for a horse, especially a young one.
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post #15 of 155 Old 11-03-2013, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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I don't get nervous when it hapens I just try to stop him! I wouldn't mind Him bolting and I would stop him but where I was riding him was on uneven ground and there was a big pole sticking out of the ground! Thanks for all your help but my mam said we will get lunging equipment :) But thank you everyone!
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How old are you, how long have you taken lessons and how much experience does your family have with horses?

If he is bolting, you are coming off frequently and you are having this type of problem? Then there are some serious holes in your riding, and your horse's training.

And if they don't get identified and fixed? You are going to get badly hurt.

This is an extremely young horse, with a summer of training, which is 3 months give or take?

Horses also change greatly between 2 and 5 in personality too.

Both of you need more training, and you would be better off with a steadier mount to ride, that you can learn from and that will not take advantage of you to boot.

Every single time this horse bolts, loses you and gets away with it? Is ingraining in his mind that he can do whatever he wants, and get away with it.
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post #17 of 155 Old 11-03-2013, 05:20 PM
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What's his diet like?

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Lunging is all good and well if you're doing it in a controlled manner with the intention to improve education, get a swinging back, teach contact and bend etc - if you're lunging to wear him out before you get on it might last for a couple of weeks - then he will get fitter and eventually you'll be able to lunge him for hours before he gets tired. Trust me, lunging to get the fizz out is not a long term solution. You have to fix it under saddle and in hand, by control rather than letting him loose to tear around a ring at the end of a rope for 30minutes.

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I'm 13, I've been riding for 4-5 years, My family has always had horses, I don't need any more lessons because I've had lessons up until a few weeks ago!! His diet is ok his paddock doesn't have much grass anymore so he doesn't have lots of fresh juicy grass!!! I wouldn't say he 'gets away with it' because when he gets like that I take him into the yard and ride him around there for a little while (walk, little bit of trot) the yard is only small to cool him down and get him to be good for me! Once I get the paddock fenced off so I have an enclosed area to ride him he should hopefully be better! He's still young yet.. :)
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I'm 13, I've been riding for 4-5 years, My family has always had horses, I don't need any more lessons because I've had lessons up until a few weeks ago!! His diet is ok his paddock doesn't have much grass anymore so he doesn't have lots of fresh juicy grass!!! I wouldn't say he 'gets away with it' because when he gets like that I take him into the yard and ride him around there for a little while (walk, little bit of trot) the yard is only small to cool him down and get him to be good for me! Once I get the paddock fenced off so I have an enclosed area to ride him he should hopefully be better! He's still young yet.. :)
Really? You don't "need" lessons?

I am nearing 23. I have been riding since I was 3, seriously since I was 7. That's 20 years of riding total. I own two horses. I still take lessons. I'm not a bad rider, but there is ALWAYS something to learn. Heck, my coach even takes lessons ...and she has students winning consistently at rated shows and top shows.

To say you don't "need" lessons is ridiculous, no matter how much experience you do or don't have.
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