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    07-26-2012, 10:48 AM
accidents :/

About 2 weeks ago I was lunging my horse when all of a sudden he swung his hindquarters around to me and bucked. He got my arm .. I was rushed to hospital and got let straight in (I was in a lot of pain and there was blood everywhere). Long story short - basically I have shattered some of my elbow joint, dislocated a bone that connects to that joint and done nerve damage (can't move my fingers properly). The doctors aren't sure when or even if I will get the movement back, I am having tests done in september, should hopefully find out then.
Now, here is my other dilemma - what to do with my horse ?? He is 5 years old and can't have a long period of time off, it goes to his head. So do I put him on a part lease until I find out what's going on with my hand or do I just sell him now ?? I really don't want to sell him as he is my first horse and I have had him for 1.5 years, and he has come a long way with me since then. Also as he is still green he has his issues ..
Anyway, I just thought I would put it to the forum and see what everyone thought .. Thanks
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    07-26-2012, 10:53 AM
I'd do one of two things, you could lease him to a very experienced rider - but it may be hard to find someone qualified to ride this horse and actually help this horse do better, that would pay to ride a horse that isn't finished. You could free lease him to a very experienced rider, thus keeping up his training and giving the leaser a chance to work/play with a horse for free. Or you could send him to a trainer for a few months.
Honestly though, I've never had much of a problem with horses taking breaks, the carriage horses I used to work with had the entire winter off, even the green ones, and started up again in the summer. The first week or so was going back to basics but horse's don't forget stuff, they just need to be reminded. You'll have a ball that first week working out all the new bugs but generally it all irons out to how you left it in just a week or so.

Good luck with your pony, so sorry to hear you got hurt!
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    07-26-2012, 10:57 AM
Personally I would look at leasing him only to an experienced person..that doesn't sound like a buck from the way you described was a very disrespectful & dangerous kick aimed at you!! I hope your arm heals quickly sounds like a nasty injury!
    07-26-2012, 11:17 AM
Had a similar thing happen to me when I first started (well, tried to) Alli. Just got lucky and had less damage done and I learnt never to lunge a young horse on too smaller circle!

Anyway, would find someone who knows a LOT about horses to look after/ lease him until you are better. They don't even have to work with him really- he wont forget whats been taught- just make sure he doesn't get big headed and bousterous when not being worked. He may need refreshing when you are well enough to handle him again, but he'll pick it back up pretty quick!
    07-26-2012, 11:32 AM
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Lucky use to do this when I lunged her, and she was supposedly a finished trail/games horse.

What I did after I figured out that she hated being lunged was make sure I had either a lunge or dressage whip, depending on where we were lunging. Round pen was the lunge whip, and the tiny indoor was a dressage whip. She never wanted to get up an canter, Sotheby's whip was needed unless I wanted to get close enough to be kicked. What I did in the round pen (tried to avoid lunging inside) was tap the whip behind her feet when she wouldn't transition to a canter and if she kicked or bucked, she got the whip on her hindquarters until she stopped kicking/bucking. While that worked outside, she'd actually turn her butt to me and do it inside. I'd normally dodge in and out with the dressage whip and smack her butt with it. The one time she really almost got me (was lunging her before we trailered to a show because she wasn't listening at all on the lead) and I continued to dodge her kicks and get her with the whip everytime she kicked (on her butt) or on her side when she moved in towards me. Unecessary and I do NOT want to be kicked. I've been trampled before, and I'm pretty sure I will do everything I can to protect my safety in the future. Others might think I'm abusive, but I set every horse I ride up for success, and if they decide to be violent/aggressive, I will do the same thing back in order to protect myself. A horse can be replaced, I cannot.

I hope your arm heals up well and you figure out what to do with your horse, be it lease, send to a trainer, or sell him (hopefully not).
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    07-26-2012, 12:40 PM
To be honest cantering on a lunge is incredibly stressful on a horse's legs, especially young or not-completely-fit horses, so I can understand them protesting this. Cantering circles this small is not god for an extended amount of time or done on a regular basis.
But kicking out at a handler is a CLEAR sign of disrespect, whether they're finished or not they can all do that if they don't completely respect their handler. I'd go back to basics of personal space and round penning, but I never canter on a lunge it's just too small. (unless of course they do something to deserve the upward transition, and then it's only long enough to make the point).

So sorry this happened to you - sometimes even if they respect us regularly they can 'forget themselves' when they get excited and worked up, they need to be reprimanded, but that's hard to do when they get you. :(
Feel better soon!
    07-26-2012, 12:47 PM
I would go a different route. While it would be nice to find someone to lease him to and essentially get paid for them to either train or screw him up, I would go the other way and find a good trainer to keep him maintained and progressing.
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    07-26-2012, 12:51 PM
Sorry it happened to you - tough situation. :(

I can't ride at the moment, so I pay a professional rider to ride for me to keep my horses in shape. Not cheap, but no other options, because my horses are not beginner-friendly + I don't want to screw all that training (and money) I put into them for the last couple years by leasing out to someone not knowing what he/she is doing.

If you decide on leasing be very careful, because if your horse is not very safe you may face some lawsuits something would of happen.
    07-26-2012, 01:45 PM
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Forget leasing him out. Anyone that could 'help' him would not want him and anyone else is just going to spoil him worse.

Either pay a good trainer to put a month of hard training on him and then have the trainer help you when you are able to start working with him again.

Or, sell him and get an older well-trained horse when you are ready to ride again. You are going to need a confidence building, user-friendly horse and not one you are fearful of or apprehensive around.

I think you can find a lot more suitable horse with a lot less baggage and that horse would be a lot more fun. JMHO
    07-26-2012, 09:52 PM
I was just wondering why you'd risk getting your head kicked in if you keep him. He needs someone with more experience and why I say this is if you had more experience you'd have read the signals he was giving off that he was going to do this.

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