For the first horse... My problem with Buster is that he KNOWS I'm a bit rusty and haven't ridden in months. And to add to it, the last horse I was riding was the complete opposite to him. He was spooky where Buster is bombproof, he was fast while Buster is slow. He was a tall, excitable, OTTB where Buster is a short, stocky, lazy, draft pony. Ha ha, get the picture? XD
Buster is an absolute sweetheart and totally respects me on the ground. He'll respond to anything I ask him as far as working on the ground goes. But once I'm up in the saddle it's a different story. He plays barn sour with me. I KNOW he's not barn or buddy sour, he's just doing it to test me. He also will not go any faster than a walk for me. I know he's testing me and I NEVER let him get away with being like this. I always make him work even if it is only at a walk for now. I don't let him stop at the gate and only let him stop at my consent. He's absolutely fine on trails. He'll do whatever I ask there but in the ring he's just totally different. I'm thinking I may get some itty bitty spurs to make him listen to my leg for a while, until I've got him completely figured out. I know it's not a final solution but he's pretty much dead to my leg as it is. Any other advice or tips? I may be rusty but I am a good rider, ha ha, erg, I never should have taken a break from it. >.<
Now the problem with the other horse is a bit more complicated. Houdini is a 7 year old QH gelding who is an absolutely beautiful mover. He was trained reining and cutting and was a working ranch horse before they got him but really hasn't been ridden much at all lately, just like Buster. He works mostly off of your seat and legs and doesn't take much rein. Mostly I just need to figure out all his buttons, and there;'s not much advice you could give me on that, I just gotta ride, ha ha. But the problem seems to be that he will buck at the canter. They're not big bucks at all, just little ones. I don't really know what I'm asking because I know all about keeping his head up and keep him moving forward and not giving him the means to buck. 8) His other problem is that he seems to get sore a lot whether you ride with a saddle or bareback. I'm going to be giving him back massages after I ride or just whenever I get out there. I'll definitley be working on stretching also and I use a liniment rub on both of the horses after I ride.
I guess just any advice on either situations or aspects of them is appreciated. Like I said, the last horse I worked with and the ones I usually do have completely different problems so these are new things to work out for me. Thanks in advance you guys. :]
Oh, and as for the little mini Turner.
Right now we're working on picking up his feet and leading. He's doing very well with both by the way and makes progress every day. We also will mess with him and get him used to being touched all over. The kids come out a lot and we want to be sure neither of them will get hurt so we'll kind lean on him and bit and lead him around and mess with his ears, and whatever. You know. He really is such a dream though. He's really down to earth and is basically okay with everything we do to him. He's such a good little boy.
Anything else you can think of to work with him on?