Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I would never allow the rolling to continue. If he starts to go down, jump off and do NOT let him roll. Get him up - make noise, give him a tap, DO NOT let him think "oh, she's letting me roll... must be fine then!" Waiting till after he's rolled to punish him will not work - you have to get after him immediately. If you can handle it, ride with a halter on, and if he starts to go down, immediately start lunging him, and let him know that he's looking at MORE work if he tries to go down. Spurs? If he starts to rear, there are ways to deal with that - but basically, he's throwing a temper tantrum, and I would not allow that. Pull his nose to your boot, and disengage those hindquarters. Neither behaviour is acceptable in the least.
If he's rearing, it might be above your skill level, and there's nothing wrong with that. Can you work with a trainer?