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post #1 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question Advice or help please?

I bought my horse, a 12 year old black TB I named Dutch, on July 8. Since then, I have been doing both ground work and a little bit of riding.

The first time I tried riding him in the roundpen he did great. Then then next day I tried the arena. He bucked and bolted. I took him out again the next day, when a couple other riders were out, and he did even worse. So I tried lunging him in all four corners of the arena, no one else was out. He did a little better, still bucked a few times but every time he did I would make him trot even longer and faster. He seemed to understand that behaving badly ended up in more work for him. And after a few days of this he did not buck once and seemed more comfortable. So I tried riding him again in the arena (just walking) and he did the same, bucking and bolting.

I went back to the roundpen and he did great.

This is my first horse and im running out of ideas of how to help him. Any advice or help would be really helpful.
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post #2 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 08:13 PM
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Can you rule out pain?

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post #3 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 08:16 PM
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well, the major difference between the arena and round pen would be that the rp is much smaller and round, whereas the arena is larger and likely rectangular.
If he is good in the round pen, is it YOU who is making him go where you want him to go, or are the walls of the rp doing that? If so, when you go into the arena, since the horse was not really under your control before, now he is even less so.

I guess what I mean is that you may think he is "good" in the round pen and that your are riding him well there, but actually it is the round pen that is making it seem so good.

Do you have the option of getting a trainer to help you for a bit?
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post #4 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Yes that was our first thought too. We called out a vet and had him checked out. The vet cleared him so we know he isn't in any pain.

And since I got him, a trainer has been working with us. She has even got on him a few times in the arena and said that he was the most nervouse horse she had ever ridden.
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post #5 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 08:29 PM
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And since I got him, a trainer has been working with us. She has even got on him a few times in the arena and said that he was the most nervouse horse she had ever ridden.
I'm very sorry to hear that. What is he eating? How much turn out does he get? How often, and for how long, do you have for riding?
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post #6 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 08:33 PM
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Your getting some great questions and advice.

Have you consiterd getting another horse. I myself like working with nervouse horses, but I have found it takes a lot of time to get them focused. And alot of the time they don't make great beginner horses. Not to say they can't . But depending on how much your trainer has worked with horse, and this is the most nervouse horse she has worked with, I would really think about a new horse. Something to think about, I know its hard, I know you like him, but there are better horses out there for you.

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post #7 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your help

We don't turn out Dutch any more because he recently started scaring himself to the point to where he gives himself a bloody noise by snorting so hard.

He eats 1 grass and 1 ALFALFA every morning and evening.
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post #8 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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I brought that option up to my parents and they told me we could not offord another horse :/ Im kinda stuck with this one.
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post #10 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 08:53 PM
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I'm really sorry to hear this...

I hate to jump to this so quickly, but due to the fact that your trainer commented on how high strung he is AND the fact he scares himself just being turned out... would you consider selling him and using the money to buy another horse?

Honestly in this instance where you are a new rider (first horse), and your trainer even commented on how jittery the horse is, this does NOT sound like a good match to me. Just sounds like a wreck waiting to happen, or a major risk of ruining your confidence. Perhaps you could even find an experienced rider with an older, quieter horse who would take him in part trade or something.

Otherwise, maybe you could consider sending him to a professional trainer for a while?

On the bright side, horse prices in most parts of the states are low. If you can sell him and then get a part time job as well, you can probably save up to buy a decent, broke horse for quite cheap depending where you are.

Really sorry to hear :(
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