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post #1 of 2 Old 03-14-2010, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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i am looking for a little advise on a new horse i have bought.

i will set the scene for you.

i have been out of riding for around 10/12 years. i have been thinking about starting again for the last 3 years and this year my new years resolution was to buy a new horse. anyway...i have finally found a lovelly little selle francais.

she is 15'1, and has been out of work since november time as her owner broke her arm. (not on her).

i have had her for two weeks, i started with lunging and general ground work which she has been great with. i rode her last weekend and she was throwing her head around alot.

i have rode her again this weekend and she bucked to the point that i fell over...obvioulsy jumped straight back on and she was ok for a bit and then she started again and off i came.

i have spoke to the owner who confirms she has never done this before (ok she could be lying but i doubt it).

so basically i was wandering anyone got any ideas what could be causing her to do this a general "i have had 5 months off whats with the saddle i want to do nothing again" and i just need to keep on her...if so any recommendations on ways to stop the head tossing??

or could this be more??

am i rushing her...or if i dont get back on is she going to think she has won???

she is currently on no hard feed..just hey and some carrots and apples.

she is lovelly in everyway apart from when she does this!.


genna :)
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post #2 of 2 Old 03-14-2010, 02:32 PM
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You of course want to eliminate any physical causes such as teeth needing work or saddle causing pain.
If those are not the cause then you need to look at your equipment. Is the bit too much for her, so she isn't understanding its message? What are you using now and what was she ridden in before?
If you can eliminate all those physical things than you have to look at her training and your attitude. If she is just a little fresh from having so much time off, then nothing but time on her back will help.
If she is just being a snot than that means you will have try not to be a timid rider and not take any crap from her.
My guess is she is just fresh from having the time off. Time in the saddle is your best bet for a cure.
Good luck with her and stay safe.

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