Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Boy, he's a handsome fellow, isn't he? I've got a soft spot for them Arabs, though. ;)
Didn't get the video to work as I'm on dial up and it'd take forever, but he looks like a nice mover from the pictures and collects good - he's got good training, it looks like.
How long or often was he rode prior to you getting him? There could be a few reasons for him offering crow hops.
If he wasn't rode consistantly until you got him, it could just be it's because he's acting fresh. 21 isn't that old for an Arabian and they can still act pretty spicy.
If could be your saddle isn't fitting proper, or your bridle (this is most often found on the brow band where it's too tight and pinches their ears) but if he settles down after a bit I'm not sure how much it could be attributed to tack.
Also if he's only been rode by kids lately, it could be some conditioning issues with his back and such with the weight change. I had a gelding in for training a few weeks ago and never had a lick of trouble with him, even when I took him out for a four hour trail ride. But his owner was bigger than I was and he only made it two hours before it started to strain his muscles and he needed a break. He's doing good now, but they had to start on small rides in order to get him into shape for her.
Or, it could be something that he's always done. Some horses are just cinchy and tend to argue a bit during the first five minutes to see if they can get away with not being worked. It could be a learned habit.
On the bright side, it doesn't seem like he's trying real hard to get you off so I don't expect (of course, he is a horse!) that you'll have some serious bucking problems in the future if he realises that crow hopping won't get you off.
As for bonding I just go out and see my girls all the time. Sometimes I bring treats, more often not. My treats often consist of some really good butt and shoulder scratching which they really enjoy!