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    09-17-2012, 08:23 PM
Green Broke
I feel like giving up.

I havent rode since my knee surgery 5 weeks ago and the only horsey-stuff I've been able to do was a few lunging sessions with Squiggy. They had been going good, until today.

It's like... one step forward and then 20 steps back. She was such a nice horse when she was 3... so nice... and then she truned four and then something happened and I've been trying so hard to get her back to how she was... but every little bit of progress has been followed by something stupid.

I've been trying since early in Spring... and we've made so little progress since... it's embarassing.

The icing ont he cake was when I tried to lunge her a bit today before getting on and riding a bit for the first time in 5 weeks. I saddled her and the second we worked up to a trot, she got the grumpy face and started bucking. And so I tried like 3 times each way.... and the same thing happened.

Needless to say, I didnt get to ride.

It's been one awful year.
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    09-17-2012, 10:03 PM
Do you have a friend that you trust who you could have ride the horse a few times for you. She was probably just reacting to the idea of having to work again.
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    09-17-2012, 10:15 PM
I agree. Some horses need constant work to keep them in the groove of things. Try having a friend or family member rider her. Or maybe even look into leasing her out to an experienced rider. I definitely think that more constant work, whether it be on ground or in saddle, will make a huge difference.
    09-17-2012, 10:24 PM
It HAS been a crappy year, with the wet spring and summer and the amount of bugs. When was your surgery? Mine was 4 weeks ago today and I haven't ridden since then either.

I was lucky enough to send Ben out to the trainer though, so I'm hoping that he will be ready to go when I get him, and that my knee will be good to go.

It would be great if you could get someone else to ride her for you for a while, it would make all the difference.

If not, then just take it slow, take her right back to the very first steps and train her all over again. Good luck
    09-17-2012, 10:30 PM
Have you lunged her saddled since your surgery? Is the saddle new or different in any way? In 5 weeks of minimal work a horse's body can change a lot, perhaps the saddle no longer fits, at the trot she could have been bucking from that, I'd check that first. If all that goes well, I'd go with what the others have suggested.
    09-17-2012, 10:33 PM
Check your saddle and other gear for fit. I had a mare once that was just fine the year before and then I had just started to ride her again and she took off bucking when on a slight incline. I thought it was just spring. Then I took her trail riding. We rode on the level quite a while and I thought maybe her feet were ouching till we were going down a incline, then it was a difinite something is not right. The saddle just didn't fit her anymore.
    09-18-2012, 12:06 AM
Green Broke
I tried to get my mom to ride her, and my mom cannot handle her, and I let my dad ride her and all he did was rip and tear on her face.

I don't really have any horsey friends that don't already have their hands full.

I don't want to re-start her again... :( It would be the 3rd go at starting her.

I'm sure the saddle fits, so hasn't put on much weight since I stopped riding, just gained a bit of a belly.

I'm hoping it was just the saddle pad that she hated... it's neoprene and could have grabbed her hair and pissed her off...

And topping the day off, I just hit a deer with my Jeep.
    09-18-2012, 12:10 AM
Oh no your poor thing, that's so traumatic to go through! All of it! :(

I think your horse will be ok, I would still recheck the saddle and the pad. Maybe she just needed to get her bucks out.
Maybe next time, instead of lunging her you should consider line-driving her in her tack. I find line driving better shows how a horse will react, they're too likely to explode on the lunge (because they can :P). But line driving closely mimics riding and you can see any issues that'll pop up and work them out on the ground.
    09-18-2012, 12:12 AM
Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
I don't want to re-start her again... :( It would be the 3rd go at starting her.
And?? Sometimes it is what you have to do, but each time is quicker, you do what you have to do.

Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
And topping the day off, I just hit a deer with my Jeep.

Ouch, how is the Jeep?
    09-18-2012, 12:14 AM
Green Broke
I hate re-starting her... cause we have to do EVERYTHING over again. And she's only 4. Like... gimme a break!

Jeep jeep is fine... bust a headlight, dented the left drivers side corner a bit. Nothing too bad... it's thankfully 100% insured :/

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