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    06-13-2012, 02:00 PM
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Green Broke
Terrible Twos?? LONG

As many of you know, my two year old APHA/TB Rodeo has been lightly started under saddle and is going great! Many of you also know that ground work has been the focus of his training since Day 1. Well this past week he's been awful. Monday when I went out, he was just so full of himself on the lunge that it was like we had to start everything over just to get to where we should be. He wasnt respecting me at all, so we had a little discussion that day, and by the end of it he was much much better!

Well today I go out, and decide heck, you havent even tried to get out of the arena in a good 9months! So I decided to free lunge him in the arena. He was doing great, we were working on transitions, changing directions, slowing down, speeding up, ect, ect. Well about 30min or so into it he decided that enough was enough and that he would jump out of the arena.

The "gate" to the arena is a PVC pipe, which last time he got out he jumped, knocked over, tripped over it, and proceeded into the barn. Knowing that there would be a possibility of him trying this again, I decided to put a few barrels up in front of him to discourage him from jumping it, well apparently those barrels didnt mean a thing. They actually made things worse.

He cantered up to it, jumped it, cleared everything with his front legs, and got tripped up, and then hung up on the PVC pipe with his back legs....he got his legs over it, and trotted into the barn and into his stall. I went and got him, brought him into the wash room and immediantly started to cold hose him. I put sprayed some antibacterial, antifungal, and healing spray on him before I left, and he was walking normal, nothing was hot, the marks look like rug burns.

Im sure it could have been a lot worse if I had panicked, but I stayed cool, calm, and relaxed. Well on the bright side of the day, I got a great join up and he stood like a rock for hosing him down....so that's a plus!!

But my gosh, I don't know what has gotten into this boys head lately!!
Here are some pics of his "injuries"
Left side

Right side


Already told the BO to keep an eye on him tonight when they turn him out, and that I would be there in the am to check on him again. We were doing so good with him not getting any little injuries too!
     
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    06-13-2012, 02:09 PM
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Foal
I can totally and completely relate to what you're going through. My two year old Appendix has been up to these types of antics lately, as well. He has always been a sweet little angel, but he turned into a complete maniac at about 1 3/4 years old. I'm really hoping this is just a phase!
     
    06-13-2012, 02:18 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Emerald24    
I can totally and completely relate to what you're going through. My two year old Appendix has been up to these types of antics lately, as well. He has always been a sweet little angel, but he turned into a complete maniac at about 1 3/4 years old. I'm really hoping this is just a phase!
I hope it is just a phase as well! He's been awesome up until this last week....
     
    06-13-2012, 03:12 PM
  #4
Weanling
I know you gotta make do with what's available, but a PVC pipe IS NOT a gate for a training area.. Not sure of the design or material of your arena but for $80 - $120 you could put a proper gate on this arena, maybe the BO would take it off your rent or something, but otherwise leave him on a line. Last thing you want to deal with is an escapist.. We had a 14.2 hand paint mare that could jump a 4 strand barbed wire with hobbles on.. she finally got into trouble and nearly killed herself... bad stuff. Good luck straightening him out though, always worth the effort!
     
    06-13-2012, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by longshot    
I know you gotta make do with what's available, but a PVC pipe IS NOT a gate for a training area.. Not sure of the design or material of your arena but for $80 - $120 you could put a proper gate on this arena, maybe the BO would take it off your rent or something, but otherwise leave him on a line. Last thing you want to deal with is an escapist.. We had a 14.2 hand paint mare that could jump a 4 strand barbed wire with hobbles on.. she finally got into trouble and nearly killed herself... bad stuff. Good luck straightening him out though, always worth the effort!
Agree 100%! I was told that getting a new gate was on their list of things that they want to do, but that was several months ago. Honestly, this is the first time in 9months that I decided not to have him on a line. Stupid, yes, but for whatever reason I thought that if I put up a barrel or two in front of it that he wouldnt even attempt to get out of it. Wrong! Another boarder and I have been told that if we can find a round pen we, and any other boarder interested in it can keep it at the barn so that's the plan.....

Not sure if you can see the pipe, but I think you can get a general idea of it....


And as you can see, the actual arena fencing is pretty decent! So Im really not sure why they have skimped out on a gate...
     
    06-13-2012, 03:39 PM
  #6
Weanling
Yeah I can see it and have to say that no horse that has even the slightest inkling of barn sour tendencies should be off line in that arena. Don't waste money on a gate, go with the round pen idea. That entire fence is too short for use as a round pen or free training. Nice facility but not for training.. around here you can pick up 40 - 60' round pens for $700 to $1000 in decent shape. They just don't pop up for sale often, bought mine new for $1100 (Powder Mountain) so if 3 or 4 share the expense it can be really affordable
     
    06-13-2012, 04:28 PM
  #7
Yearling
Wlater is going through this phase as well. Sigh. He stepped on my foot on Sunday, and we had a talk. Then he didn't want to free lunge in the round pen. We recently moved him back to my aunts where he was born, and he was just ADD by all the horses around. Drove me nuts!

Good luck with Rodeo, and hope he comes back to himself! :)
     
    06-13-2012, 04:43 PM
  #8
Teen Forum Moderator
Silly Rodeo! Sorry to hear that happened. I'm glad that he wasn't hurt worse though.

Be encouraged though! As a two year old, Sour was an absolute TERROR. She would be fine one day and the next, she'd be back to trying to bite me, buck and rear on the leadline, and bolt. Just keep after him and don't let him get away with anything. Maybe you wont make any progress that day, but atleast work up to where he's respecting you, then put him up. With young ones like this you really just have to do what works for your particular horse. Its frustrating, but he's still a baby. As he matures, all of your hard work will pay off, I promise!
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