Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Georgia, United States
Yes I have a horse like this and mine is worse because he rears, crowhops, bucks, etc. With my horse all he ever seems to want to do is "go" and here's what I have done to calm him down...First you need to evaluate how you ride, do you tense-up? Brace your arms and legs? Sit forward in the saddle? All in anticipation to his nervousness? If so then you may be unintentionally cueing him forward. Take him in the round-pen and try relaxing your body and giving some slack in the reins and try controlling him with the slightest of cues, if you see no change at all and he still doesn't listen to you then try some ground work, mine greatly improved when I taught him to mind and respect me on the ground. I practice getting him to let me control his body by asking him to turn, bend, flex, yield, etc with my cues, it reinforces that I am leader and has made him more supple and softer. I also switched to riding him bitless. I know you said that you already have tried changing bits, but have you tried going bitless? Maybe he has bit-related issues? Mine sure did. Also I worked on desensitizing him to various things and situations(water, ropes, whips, being alone, riding at night, etc...)and that seemed to help make him calmer overall. Keep in mind that my horse is still very spirited, but I can now control him. Also i'm not a proffesional and you may just want to get a good trainer's help, but if you do try to take this task of training him on your own be patient and persistent, yet kind, you will gain your horse's trust when he understands you are his leader. Good luck!!!
Last edited by RD11; 08-08-2011 at 09:50 AM.