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post #1 of 14 Old 04-15-2008, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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riding jarred - photos and video

so I finally hopped on jarred again yesterday and he wasnt too bad I guess. I did some groundwork with him before I got on and he seemed pretty calm-ish :) I lunged him as well and all seemed good.

When I first got on he was ok and he walked about 5m and then stopped dead and I couldnt for the life of me get him to move again lol he started lifting his head a few times which he does before he rears so I leant forward and pulled the reins down and to the side so he couldnt rear and at this stage I didnt have my whip with me either as I thought that might be best left on the sidelines seeing as he is so nervy but I ended up getting it a little after the stopping incident :)

This is the vid where he wouldnt move :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TeAyOP3xPQ

I was pretty tense as well which I know I shouldnt be but I couldnt help but brace myself. Each time I realised I made a mental note to relax but it didnt last long :roll: so I did something I thought I would never need to do again and I got richard to pop the lead rope on and lead us around. I figured this would give me a chance to relax and that was the main thing I thought at this point because I couldnt help him relax while I wasnt relaxed myself.

After about 10 minutes of this I got rich undo the lead rope but still walk around with me. A few minutes later I was relaxed and confident enough to continue by myself. Jarred was still a bit stop start but he was at least going forwards lol I spent the majority of the 20 minute ride just walking around a changing directions a gazillion times and walking in small circles. Every time he started to 'lift' (thats what I call it when they get all tense and they seem to tighten up and lift a little with their head up) I would change directions and do a circle. I did it all on a pretty loose rein. I had contact with his mouth but very little.

He doesnt look as bad on the video as he feels when you are on him. He's just a nervous little ball of energy at the moment lol but by the end of the ride he had settled a fair bit. I wasnt asking him to take the bit but he reached for it here and there. I have some pics ill post at the end of how he was going at the end of the ride. I stopped having videos taken and started getting some still shots at the end. But, he's not behaving as rudely as he was before which is a start and I got off on a good note today which I was very happy about :) got that bit of confidence back again yay :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdFiTPj0mOw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh66bEUw9ik

And some stills








And heres a video for fun. I've been working on getting jarred to follow me when I say and to come when I call him. He used to come to a whistle but of late he's been pretty stubborn :) I gave up half way through this bit of video and got rich doing some weaving and trot poles on cougar instead but then I got bored of that too lol :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD39cFxV_2M

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-15-2008, 10:07 PM
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Aww, I'm glad you kept trying though, & didn't give up! Jarred is soo cute, & I like the videos.
Sometimes Lexi's stubborn like that too, it's so frustrating when they like, won't move! Lol.

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are you sure he is not in any pain? In the 3rd video of you riding him, he was pretty short strided in both back legs, but mainly "His" left leg.
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pretty sure. He has had both the vet and the chiro out to him now and neither of them found anything wrong.

Should I get a 3rd opinion?

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I just watched that video again and I see what you are talking about. How could I have missed it?? Now I've seen it I can't help but notice it hmmm I feel like a terrible horse mummy for not noticing before but then again I guess the vet and the chiro have missed something here. I had to end up going with a chiro I knew nothing about just to get him done and now im worried that because of that we may have gotten a dud one who didnt know what they were doing and now jarred is still hurtin :(:(

Does it look like a back/hip type thing to you guys or something else?

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it very well could be a stiff back, just watch him next time you ride to see if he is still doing it, if so, I would get either another vet or chiro out there.
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I watched the one where he wouldnt move. First of all, keep your hands down, I don't know what your trying to acheive holding your hands up high. Second of all don't worry about his head...just yet. Therefore when asking him to walk on, don't drop your hands. Put your elbows forward and say "walk on" if not kick him. He is just confused, so leave his head alone.
He is coming up nicely from the other older pictures I have seen of him.
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I watched the one where he wouldnt move. First of all, keep your hands down, I don't know what your trying to acheive holding your hands up high. Second of all don't worry about his head...just yet. Therefore when asking him to walk on, don't drop your hands. Put your elbows forward and say "walk on" if not kick him. He is just confused, so leave his head alone.
He is coming up nicely from the other older pictures I have seen of him.
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my hands are up high because he usually rears at this point. My hands may have been up but they werent pulling on his mouth at all. My hands are up because his head is not the other way around. And I think by now I do know that if I were to pull back and squeeze he would be confused

He is not confused. He knows **** well what walk means. And as I said I wasnt asking him to take the bit he was doing that himself :roll: with little to no pressure as you would see from the vids as well

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I watched the one where he wouldnt move. First of all, keep your hands down, I don't know what your trying to acheive holding your hands up high. Second of all don't worry about his head...just yet. Therefore when asking him to walk on, don't drop your hands. Put your elbows forward and say "walk on" if not kick him. He is just confused, so leave his head alone.
He is coming up nicely from the other older pictures I have seen of him.
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my hands are up high because he usually rears at this point. My hands may have been up but they werent pulling on his mouth at all. My hands are up because his head is not the other way around. And I think by now I do know that if I were to pull back and squeeze he would be confused

He is not confused. He knows **** well what walk means. And as I said I wasnt asking him to take the bit he was doing that himself :roll: with little to no pressure as you would see from the vids as well
Why do you raise your hands when and if he rears?

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cause I've found a way to stop him. Simple. It may not be a textbook method but it works without hurting him. Something about it stops him. Its a whole process not just the one part you've mentioned. Either that or I hold the reins down and turn him so he can't rear. Last time I did that though he still managed to go up and because I was further forward etc I copped a thud from him on my nose. So I stick with the other method that works.

Anyway, enough of that. Im more looking at what the problem with him could be and it seems I've found that thanks to im4dressage :) thank you

I will update after I get the good chiro out.

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