Pain? Behavioral? Opinions, please?
Today, I rode Phillip for the first time in a week. (Last ride 7/19/11) Exactly a week. So I didn't expect him to be a perfect angel. He ran up to me in the pasture, was pretty good with tacking up, and was FAST in our U/S class. He's always fast, no biggie. We got 4 out of five.
Then, our over fences class. He was wiggly going into the ring.. Wiggly to the corner, asked for a canter. Half-halting into my transition, sitting back... BAM. Dead gallop. I was asking him to woah, vocally and with my hands.. Probably not with my seat. I'm really bad about sitting back. Well, he jumped the first jump (quarter line) and went to te outside line. I could not get him to turn!! He spinned and a dime, pretty much hitting his side on the fence. Trotted to the jump. Went out at a fast canter. Then a faster canter. Jumped the diagonal line. Went out into the corner, went to the single diagonal. Came out of that FULL GALLOP AGAIN!!! I could not get him slower!! I hate being in his mouth. So I was trying to be relaxed.. Although I was almost in tears. He would not stop. I was begging him. I was afraid he was going to hurt himself at those speeds!!! We had the judge's line. Galloped to first jump, then RAN, SPRINTED, whatever you want to call it to the last jump. He jumped it so high my feet went through the stirrups. Everyone said it looked like at least 3'3.. Our course was all 2'....
I got off. Immediately. I was upset at him! I couldn't ride in that state, so I had a friend ride him. He galloped with her too!! She got rough with him, and he ended up cantering at the end.
His head was SO HIGH IN THE AIR. When my friend rode him he was fighting the bit. To the extreme.
Now.. I'm not sure if this was behavior, or pain.
1 - I forgot his wither relief pad, and the saddle fits him funny.
2 - He had not been schooled or ridden in a week.
3 - He has not had his teeth done in 2 years. I was told that's not a long time. Psh, yeah. I begged and begged for the dentist to come out Monday. She is. (thank the lord)
4 - I checked his teeth, what if he has an ulcer or something? He had cuts on his upper gums. They were slits, and a little inflamed. I was told it was from grass.. But I bet they still hurt!!
I don't know. Tomorrow my mom wants to ride him, practicing slowing his trot. I'm making her ride him in a halter. He's always had a sensitive mouth. If she rides him in a bit, I have a feeling he will buck her off. She's a very gentle rider. I have faith she will do well with him.
ALSO - he is not in a harsh bit. He's in a rubber mullen mouth! Softest bit I could possibly find! He worked horrible in a French Link. People have been telling me to put him in a double rein phellam... Why???? I don't get it. That will NOT fix the problem
I just need thoughts. I'm worried. I know its not my riding, since Emily (friend) rode him. He acted the same for her.
*he got 3rd with me and 2nd with Emily. I don't get it.
Last edited by ilovemyPhillip; 07-26-2011 at 11:15 PM.