Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: pacific northwest
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Buddy sour issues
My daughter has a new friend who just got a horse and the girls sometimes get together with their horses. Daughters horse is great - not the least bit barn or buddy sour. Likes other horses fine but prefers people. The new friends horse on the other hand is very buddy sour. The rider has taken lessons for 2 years but is still quite green. Her gelding, if separated from our horse, will run right through the bit and just take off, regardless of who is on him, to get to our mare. He is a big strong horse and as I said, he has no regard for the bridle if he is on a mission.
They family has consulted 2 trainers and the trainers have very different approaches. When they consulted the first trainer the horse was recovering from an injury it got when he had his first bolt (this one had nothing to do with being buddy or barn sour. He just took off in the pasture, dumped the girl and slipped and fell in the process) and was much too lame to ride. Obviously they were limited in what they could do. They did tack the horse up to see how the tack fit. The trainer saw that the gelding did not seem to be comfortable in his bit (d-ring snaffle that was too small) so she suggested a better fitting bit - but nothing stronger (she feels that a stronger bit will not cure the underlying issue). The trainer had the girl work on some other issues she was having like putting the bridle on, picking his hooves, things like that. This trainers approach is to find out what is triggering the bolt and start there AND train the girl how to deal with it if and when it happens again. She typically gets to know the horse a little bit to determine the best, most effective approach (some horses are stubborn and some are sensitive). Trainer 1 believes ultimate goal is to create a partnership with a willing horse that responds to light aids. She is also big into a solid foundation/basics.
Trainer 2 said to get rid of any snaffle and put a stronger bit on him. This trainer is much more heavy handed. The minute the horse gets in her space she will give him a serious bump. Doesn't matter if the horse gets rattled and knows that the horse will figure it out on it's own. She follows the Parelli groundwork training. By the time trainer 2 came to help the horse was only slightly lame so the girl tacked up and walked around a little bit. I'm not sure how it went as I was not there but the owners seemed happy with the mini-lesson. Unfortunately, the horse bolted today even with the stronger bit.
Trainer 1 suggested that they get an arena to work in, trainer 2 suggested a round pen.
The family has decided to have one lesson from each of them now that the horse is rideable again and decide who to go with from here on out. I'm almost wondering if this just isn't the right horse for a green young rider.
Anyone with experience in this and have advice?