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post #21 of 155 Old 11-04-2013, 05:47 PM
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^Take lessons with your horse. Based on what you've said so far, this has happened more than once. Which means he is learning he can get away with it, and it is becoming a habit. What's an easy way to get out of work? Gallop around until my rider falls off! This can be very unsafe.
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post #22 of 155 Old 11-04-2013, 07:29 PM
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If you're regularly falling off your horse then something is wrong. It's not normal or right to fall of a horse often. If it keeps happening it means that it isn't working between the horse and rider.

Besides your safety, you're inadvertently training your horse to keep doing whatever he is doing. Each time he gets excited and you fall off he is learning that if he doesn't want to do something, or whatever, he can get excited and you will fall off.

Saying you don't need lessons is a bit silly. It's like going to school and when you're seven saying you've learned to read now so you don't need to go to school anymore. There is always more to learn. Sometimes it's not needed, but if you're having problems with your horse, falling off a lot, letting them bolt then you did need more lessons to deal with these problems.

You need to develop some methods for dealing with these problems. The best way to do that is get an instructor/trainer out to watch you ride and advise on the next step. Whether it be ways to calm the horse down, ground or saddle exercises or recommending more lessons. If you get help, have people teach you a correct way of dealing with these problems then hopefully you'll have a good horse with a solid education in a couple of years.

If you just keep going without addressing these issues chances are they're going to get worse.
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In all honesty, it doesn't take long to "undo" his training if his behavior isn't controlled. Taking lessons and learning how to sit there doesn't necessarily give you the knowledge as to how to deal with a bolting horse. There are many adults who have ridden for years who are at a loss when this happens.
Your horse is very young. Right now you have been put into the role of his teacher and you lack the experience to handle his insecurities. This young guy has a long way to go here.
The most mature thing you could do would be to get some help. Get the trainer who worked with him to work with both of you. A pro can see the whole picture. So often what we do as a rider/handler actually causes our horse's problems. You need to not be defensive about suggestions here. Getting these problems solved now will save both you and your horse a whole lot of trouble.
He looks like a really nice horse. Get some help so you can help him be a really great horse!
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post #24 of 155 Old 11-04-2013, 07:54 PM
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Saskia, Dustbunny, and many others have given extraordinary advice - please read each one as friends giving another friend they care about some good, solid wisdom....We all care for each other here on the forum, and when someone asks for "Help!", you'll not find a stronger team (from all around the world, no less!!) to give you all the help you need. Let us cheer you on in your pursuits as advised, and not have to give condolence in the event of an injury- The best of luck to you!! :)
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post #25 of 155 Old 11-05-2013, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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I am eperienced enough to deal with this and I don't let him get away with it I get up on him again and I don't fall of regurlarly just twice before not all the time.. and I don't feel like there is anything wrong with my riding......... Your advice is great and thank you but I AM actually doing that but I don't need an instructor I will be dealing with this soon but thanks

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post #26 of 155 Old 11-05-2013, 09:26 PM
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I have to ask you, kiddo, why did you ask for our help in the first place?

I sincerely hope that many of these posts will be useful to some horse owner who may read through them. Someone who is having a problem and really is in search of some help.
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im sorry if in defensive but my riding has been trashed too many times!
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post #28 of 155 Old 11-06-2013, 05:51 PM
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No one is trashing your riding
When someone asks for help with a problem like yours the most sensible thing to advise is that they get help from an instructor who will work with them and the horse
Believe me there is no such thing as being too good to need lessons - even our top competition riders still take them regularly
Your horse is still a baby and sounds to be only just broke - his education is only just beginning and he still has a lot to learn. Its quite possible that his bad behavior is a mixture of him still not totally understanding the aids you are giving him and an inability for him to maintain his self control in a large open space
Lunging will help to take some of the 'pop' out of him but I would suggest you stick with riding him in a small enclosed area until he's progressed more
The only way we can learn and progress is by admitting that we don't know everything and getting help when we are out of our depth
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post #29 of 155 Old 11-06-2013, 06:12 PM
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Everyone can benefit from lessons - nobody is perfect. I had lessons for 8 years when I was your age and now, as an adult rider, I'm taking lessons again. I love lessons. You learn something new every day.
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post #30 of 155 Old 11-09-2013, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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No he was broken when he was 1 and a half! His previous owner didn't know a lot about riding really and he was 16. I'm not saying I'm too good for lessons but mammy said I've had enough lessons and I have to just do whatever at home and stuff now...

I don't have anywhere else to ride him though (as in no smaller or enclosed areas)
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