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post #1 of 29 Old 04-24-2012, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Buddy Sour heellppppp.

I know there are threads similar to this but I'd like to get advice specifically on my horse. :)
Jake is my thoroughbred who's always been very herd bound. Especially to mares. Even if I ride him in the field he'll try to bolt every chance he gets and occasionally buck. I of course scold him when this happens and he'll straighten up for a few minutes and then try again. If I leave the pen, well.. pretty much the same thing. He rides **PERFECT** with another horse however. I'd like to be able to ride him where I please and not hear a peep from him but it makes it difficult when he balks, bucks, hops, prances, bolts etc. Even on the ground if the mare gets out of his sight he decides hes gonna rear up and take the lead rope from me and take off .. However, my grip has gotten tighter lately
There was one time before when he was attached to a paint mare and he reared and bucked and I really got after him and he did really well afterwards until I couldnt ride one week and he went back to being buddy sour. I can handle him. I've had him for a year and a half and he's the only horse I ride out of our 4. He may be the most reactive/ psycho of the bunch but hes also the best horse when he wants to be. How can I get my horse to focus on me and not our mare? Thanks (:
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post #2 of 29 Old 04-24-2012, 09:41 PM
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There are other posts on this and some of the advice there is good.

There are many ways to do it, but the main idea is to keep him busy and teach him that home isn't always fun and away isn't always bad. Bring treats out on long rides with you and give them out only when you are AWAY from home, let him stop and munch (not on his cue, though, on yours). When you do get back to the barn, surprise him. Ask him to go past home and go down another trail. Ask him to go toward home and then back away. When he's acting out make him work harder(lateral movements, circles, halting and backing). The ride begins and ends on YOUR cue. Don't always dismount in the same place...mix things up a little so he can't predict your routine. If he refuses to leave, just keep him working and keep his feet moving. When he goes in the direction you want, relax completely and let him go.

I know first hand how frustrating this sort of thing can be(although mine was more barn sour than buddy sour)....so good luck! Going out alone might be a little scary for him, and if it's scary for you he'll know...you need to practice it and let him gain some confidence and trust in you.
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Thanks for the reply! :)
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no problem! Good luck!

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Okay, so I decided to try to ride him back and forth from the horses to the road going further away each time and treating him away from the horses. We got further than I expected before he started acting up... I made him stand there a little while because everytime I pointed him back he tried to bolt and everytime I tried to go away hed rear up and bolt towards the field. Well. We went back on my own terms and I long trotted him. Everytime we went faster than a trot he'd buck or stop and run towards where we saddle or towards the horses. I had him trot over some poles and immediately after crossing over he attempted a 180 to run back to the horses. I am correcting him with a one rein stop each time and then going immediately back to what I was doing as if it didn't happen. Separating is only avoiding the problem. I have had him alone before and he rode amazing. If I trailer him alone he throws a fit in the trailer and is anxious when we unload but he quickly calms down enough for me to ride. Any suggestions? My other horse I can ride anywhere an everywhere alone an I'd like to ride my thoroughbred just the same.
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I am having the same issues with my boy since I moved him to a barn with other horses. I am going to start working him harder and farther away, its going to be interesting but its one of my pet peeves....would like to see what other replies there are
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iiiThis is a suggestion- Keep him busy. If he relaxes a bit, make sure you are the to ask him to move after a bit. Like the other great ideas, you can also practice moving his hip over while shortening your inside rein- takes a bit of practice, but when he gets that shoulder out and runs off with you, its too late. Try doing this in an arena 1st- mainly letting him take over at first, then shortening that rein while kicking his hip out. this way its harder for him to run off leading with that shoulder. Hope that helps.
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Keep trying! It takes a lot of time for these things to actually work---you will never fix all of it in one ride. It took me some frustrating days of "keeping my mare busy" and working the snot out of her in the yard before we even got her down the driveway. Even then, we still had our battles and it was a gradual process. Keep it up..sounds like you did well so far

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post #10 of 29 Old 05-02-2012, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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He yields his hindquarters fairly well. He could do better. But if we go faster than a trot he decides he can do what he wants and stops quickly turns and takes off. Makes my reaction time a little slow when I'm trying to hang on for dear life but I always correct him by pulling his head to my knee in a circle until those feet quit moving. I let go of the reins and if he tries to walk off I do a one rein stop on the other side etc. until he stand still and then I go right back to what I was doing. Circles figure 8"s whatever.
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