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post #1 of 6 Old 03-24-2008, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Buddy sour (unresponsive)

Okay, I am trialing to get this Saddlebred. He is sweet, 21, (acts 3 though) and pretty. He is gentle. He is calm. But he gets ansy when I ride him. He wants to get to his friends in the field, not for me to ride him. He also does not want to canter, and I don't want to whip him. (I may if I have to) I also don't want to hire a trainer, or something like that. What can I do? I plan to lounge him when he gets like that, get on him and if he is still unresponsive, lounge and do it until he listens to me. Then, reward him and let him retreat to the field. I'll try that. Also, the owner only has a MULE bit, which hurts him. :( I want to get rid of the double rein too, and try him Western. He has not been ridden since winter either. So I think he will work out enough.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-24-2008, 11:26 AM
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Definitly switch to a simpler bit. I've had horses like that in the past and the best that I have found is lots coming and going. They have to know that when they leave they will be coming back. Start off with short distances away then come back. Work your way up to getting out of sight of the other horses then go back. When your horse starts to act up, work him in circles to keep his mind off the herd. The more you ride him the more he will know what to expect. Plan on riding him at least every other day. Hopefully he'll get the idea and not give you so much trouble. I think all horses have to be reintroduced to riding when they have the winter off.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-24-2008, 04:18 PM
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Hello as vidaloco has said lots of comeing and going it takes time to get there confidence that they will be allowed to come back to there friends . And get rid of the bit use a snaffle as most all SADDLEBREDS are trained to use the snaffle bits The SADDLEBRED is an ausome horse and will do you proud . as for the cantering a lot of them will need to be wack started in to a canter as most of them are not use to cantering . If your horse had been used in a buggy before he may not of ever cantered before since they are used to trot all the time when in the buggy .And VIDALOCO is on the money about what she said so please listen to her she seems to know her stuff and enjoy you SADDLEBRED they are fantastic horses to say the least
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-24-2008, 05:07 PM
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I caution you with a horse like this. I owned a gelding several years ago who became extremely dangerous he was so sour. After working with him for a little less than a year, and spending more time in tears out of sheer frustration, I ended up selling him to a dude ranch where he was in his glory, (with his nose constantly shoved up the butt of the horse in front of him!) However - what I still have as a constant reminder of my "struggles" with this extremely herd bound/barn sour gelding is a torn ACL, and probably arthritis in that knee before long!! Think long and hard about trying to reform this horse, and whether it's worth it!
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-24-2008, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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I think he is okay now, we got him a new bit and he is an ANGEL. I also lunged him, so he's good I think. I posted antother problem... which is unrelated and really important.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-25-2008, 11:55 AM
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I am glad to hear that he is doing better for you. I have never seen a donkey bit, but it doesn't seem like it would be very horse friendly.

I have a mare who has also become somewhat buddy sour. She hates to be in the barn, indoor, or where ever else she is not with or can see other horses. She will call to the other horses that whole time I have her away from them and her attention is not on me at all. I have talked with the barn owner and asked her what she thinks I can do to improve this behavior and she had mentioned seperating her from the herd for a few hours a day until she starts to settle down. She said either put her in her stall or the round pen with some hay and water and see if it helps her to be less anxious when she is away from them. I have not tried this yet, so I am not to sure if it will work or not.

I also agree with Vidaloco about what she said about taking them a little farther from the herd each day and work him in circles to get his mind off the herd.
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