On to the NEXT problem!
My stupid Sunny is lucky to still own his head after what happened this weekend.
So I was riding with a group in the mountains this weekend on some steep roooocky trails. Now whenever he gets 'left behind' he will get feisty, but I usually just let him gait up to them like normal. If he gets out of control I will just spin him in a circle and carry on like normal.
However, it is very difficult to spin a horse on a steeeeeep rocky trail going downhill who is notorious for tripping and
So he started to get that feeling of no return (the peak of his gait right before a canter. Once we get there, it is almost impossible to manually stop him). I ended up hauling on his mouth with all my strength, extremely off-balance, and he goes running down the rock trail with his head a-flailing doing everything he can to get away from the bit, tripping all the way. It's amazing I'm still alive.
Literally. No joke.
I'd tried the crossover (pull on one rein and cross the other on the neck to act like a pulley until you get the horse's attention), short snatches, saying 'easy' which is his usual que, but he is too herdbound.
He listens to me only when he is alone. Not with other horses.
Eventually I just held my breath, prayed I didn't go flying off the mountain, and spun him. He almost fell a few times, but we managed. Not because I gained control but because the group stopped and waited for us.
I've tried simply everything.
-re-training (work) in ring
-new bit (pelham, snaffle, C curb)
-MORE work in ring
-Work by himself
-MORE ring work
-Oh, did I mention ring work?
It is plain UN-SAFE to ride an out-of-control horse on the trail. That's all I use him for: Trail riding. So what's the point of owning an-out-of-control-horse who can't handle himself on the trail?
Should I just.... (and it pains me to say) Sell him?
Everything about him is perfect.
-size (16 hands of muscle)
-temperment (silly, ******, high most of the time)
-gait (100% beautiful. It was particularily excellent this weekend)
HERD BOUND issue!
So I got to thinking...
-What do cavisons do?
Do they help keep the mouth shut, tradition.. What? Would a cavison help keep him from evading the bit and get him listening better?
Would a trainer be able to help buddy-sourness? Or is that a horse/natural thing?
And by the way, I was riding him in his pelham. He seems for the most part to do very well with it. But all fails when he is herdbound. He even won't listen to his curb. So I don't think it is a bit problem.
I'm kind of... Desperate?
I'm willing to try most everything I can or that's in my price-range.
I know gadgets aren't necessarily the answer, but I'd like to try that
before spending money on a trainer. Expensive
Help. Help. Help.
I guess this should have gone in the training section, since my original question was going to be about cavisons, but I guess I got carried away. The cavison question still stands!