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    05-16-2011, 11:06 PM
Horse Behavior!

So I have been training a horse for a while now & he seems to have a problem that I have no idea about.

Calvin is a great horse, when I started training him he was trained a little but not have gotten ridden in a quite bit. Well, I ended up ground working him for at least the weeks. After that I ended up tacking him getting him used to it. Well, I got him used to the saddle after about two weeks just letting him walk around in it. So I decided to get on him, he walked and turned & did his stunts great! Well, as in a two month of riding him, he ended up changing. Well, Calvin lives right infront of a park, also my pawpaw has his neighbors feed them at night. They seem to be a little off sometimes on weekends & It would worry me cause I wouldn't know if they went back there to mess with him.He started acting really different not listening, running away when i'd come too him. Well, after ground working him, I just put him back in his stall.

Came back the next day, I ground worked him some more and then tacked him up and decided to ride him. He ended up bucking on me. I held on but he was running straight to the barn so I had to let go or he would have rammed me straight into it. We I landed on my knee, I don't understand why he bucked! I checked the padding anything that might have been bothering him. Nothing was there, I checked his feet and they were fine. Well, I let him rest and ended up putting him back into his stall. Well, I went out the day after with a friend cause it was her birthday. I needed to see how Calvin was doing. I ground worked him some more, but I never did it till he was sweating or like ready to just be lazy. My friend wanted to ride him, but I told her I didn't think it was a good idea because the way he has been acting lately. Well, I tack him up to see how he would ride that day, and he ended up bucking on me again, I landed on that same need three times. The third time I couldn't walked because I bruised it so badly. I never knew what was wrong with him, and I am getting pretty worried. I feel like someone is messing with him..

Can anyone tell me what you might think is wrong with him..or any ideas how I can get him to calm down please! I would really appreciate it!

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    05-16-2011, 11:17 PM
Well I do think someone is messing with your horse. So first off I wouldn't let anyone but you near the horse. Also I would put a sign on the door and pasture "Do not touch this horse". Then he is thinking about bad things when you start riding him so I would put your friend on him and YOU should lead him around with a bucket of grain while he eats it. Do this for a few days. Then I would start trotting him but still have the grain. It will keep his mind off of being bad and keep it on the food. So then the group person should run with him and see what happens. Eventually the grain can leave and all you will need is treats. Once the ground person is gone I would recommend stopping VERY often and giving him treats and keep his sessons short to keep him happy! I hope this helps! :) Feel free to message me if you have any other questions! :)
    05-16-2011, 11:27 PM
Thank you so much! I will try that! I will message you if I have any more questions! Thanks:)!

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