bolting ; present participle of bolt (Verb)
Fasten (something) with a metal pin or bar, in particular.
(of a horse or other animal) Run away suddenly out of control: "the horses bolted".
Pass (flour, powder, or other material) through a sieve.
Soooo Fairly certain I am talking about option 2.
My New horse Shadow is a. A nervous wreck when it comes to riding. 2 A bolter.
I discovered this the hard way. Listening to much to his "loving" owners, who wanted nothing but a good home.. So I bought him, and he's got a good home, now he's getting some training.
I understand there is a multitude of reasons a horse bolts. Fear, Pain, excitement, nervousness, poor training, habit, ways to avoid work.
What I don't understand is how a horse can go from being a light easy horse to work with, to a couple months later, bolting at everything, doors opening/shutting, trees banging, people driving past. It's getting a bit ridiculous ,and to say the least, im getting un nerved. I also recognise this behaviour is probably attributed to the fact, the first time he bolted I was bare back, he kept cantering/galloping and wouldn't stop for anything, he turned towards a fence and I thought he was going to jump it, he did, he swung side ways, almost 360 and I came off, landing almost between his back feat? (i dunno how). The day that happened I still don't understand -how- or why- it happened, it was a calm day, my big boy was infront walking calmly, there was little to no wind, no other horses being silly, no cars, no people, no banging noises, no loose dogs cats bats whatever. I still don't understand and never will. He was only in a loose ring snaffle and bare back.
He also did this recently, I went to mount him, he was chomping his bit and shakign his head a bit, I was letting him relax, just scratching his neck and shoulder before I mounted, he calmed, stopped chomping, I mounted and before I had even gotten half way over he took off, I didn't kick him or bump him, because I don't kick or bump horses, he's small and im relatively light.
He only took of at a trot, but it was FAST and with only one stirrup it was unbalancing, this day was windy and there was activity. He also always feels very nervous, walks waaaaay to fast and has his head up and is tense.
Now my question is WHAT can I do to try and calm him down before he explodes by bolting? I don't like to lunge him before I ride him, he gets super worked up ,and then the focus of the day becomes lunging him ,till I can end on a good note. I Resorted last time I rode him to puttign him on a lunge line with my mum >.<
Tips would be appreciated <3
** Added some pictures so you can see how he acts, I know photos only show one second in time, maybe someone can see something we are doing wrong?** http://i887.photobucket.com/albums/a...ts/cranky4.jpg http://i887.photobucket.com/albums/a...ts/cranky3.jpg http://i887.photobucket.com/albums/a...ts/cranky2.jpg http://i887.photobucket.com/albums/a...ts/cranky1.jpg http://i887.photobucket.com/albums/a...hts/cranky.jpg