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    11-13-2009, 08:32 AM
Never been so scared on a horse in my life

I wasnt sure if this should go under training or tack so I just put it here

I went out to ride yesterday for the first time in a month and a half because of a knee injury.

For those who don't know me and my horse.I have a 6 year old paint gelding who is green.I have spent the better part of the last 4 months working on ground issues with him and we have been very sucsessfull in that area.This is a hourse that has very good riding manners.He rains easy he is soft.He listens to your voise comands.Could be a bit better on his stops but all in all a very good horse when riding..Its ground issuess that I've had problems.

Yesterday I lung him get him warmed up.Its a bit cooler now so all the horses at the barn are pumped and ready to go.I had a friend ride first to wear him down a bit because of my knee that is fine just still babying it a little.

I get on and all was well until I put him into a gallop and he took off like a bat out of you know where and was right along sidfe the barn and did a sharp you turn into the barn.I almost got flung off.I felt as though I was barrel racing that's how sharp it was(guess my knee is fine since I was able to stay on)..I had no control over his head what so ever.He was in total control.

I walked him a bit then trotted him a bit went into a gallop again and he was all over the place it was like I had no bit what so ever and I couldnt stop him he was taking off again and this time gave a good buck..Not really a throw you off buck but his back legs came off the ground pretty good

I am riding western
He is on a snaffle

Is there something I should be using or doing for that matter.Im not new to horses but I am defenatly new to problem horses.
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    11-13-2009, 08:50 AM
Green Broke
If he's green and you're feeling a lack of confidence from a recent injury my suggestion would be...don't gallop him! It appears that neither of you are ready for that yet.
    11-13-2009, 09:25 AM
OMG I'm just glad you are OK. Could it be a barn sour/poor stop combo problem? Were you headed toward the barn when you asked for the gallop? I'm sure you know that can be a problem. I'm just grasping at straws here
    11-13-2009, 09:38 AM
Green Broke
Have you tried working him with a one rein stop? The one Clinton Anderson uses? They are awesome.
    11-13-2009, 09:50 AM
I agree with shutupjoe. Work on the one rein stop and allot of Flexing, on the ground first of course.
    11-13-2009, 12:23 PM
Don't know much about a one rain stop. I have just started learning andersons meathods so I will have to look into that. Yes I headed twards the barn but wanting to push past it. And he just geared closer and closer and then did the you turn. I think we will be doing alot of walk trots for a while. My friend that was on him before I was said she had a really hard time controling his head
    11-13-2009, 12:29 PM
One thing that I never do is ask for faster than a trot when going toward the barn, especially on a young horse.

As for the one-rein stop, are you familiar with the process of disengaging the hindquarters during groundwork? A one-rein stop is basically the exact same thing just transferred to the saddle.

As fresh as he is and still green, I would take him back to an enclosed area like a roundpen or arena and trot a few thousand circles on him before you ever asked for the lope.

Good luck and I am glad that you weren't hurt.
    11-13-2009, 01:31 PM
Ok NO running near the barn..Lesson learned..Yes I know the hindquarters on the ground part so what you are saying is.While I am in a walk or trot just pull one rain to the side and get him to turn?I don't quite get it..Do I pull back at all?
    11-13-2009, 01:50 PM
No running TOWARD the barn. You can do whatever you want around the barn just don't run towards it. The best way to cure a runaway horse is to make them run untill they can't run anymore. I would do as many trot lope transitions as I could in a controlled enviroment if you don't feel comfortable running it out of him.
    11-13-2009, 01:59 PM
For his first ride in a month, I wouldnt have asked for that much.

Its hard to "not run towards the barn" sometimes. I've been at boarding farms were the arena was inside the barn, or next to it. If the horse can even just see the barn, sometimes greener horses will have issues. I make a point to slow the horse down before we get to the point were they are going towards the barn. You really need to be anticipating alot with green horse. (I mean thinking ahead, not getting nervous about it.)

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