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post #11 of 14 Old 09-27-2013, 02:58 AM
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Hiya, in addition to other good advice, it sounds to me as if the horse has panicked, so isn't able to 'think' so to speak - is just reacting, which is why he's resisting any pressure. I'm guessing the first time was the first time bareback(you said you knew you were taking a risk)? Perhaps it was the pad, a prickle under it, too tight girth, etc, or perhaps it was your seat up there, felt so different to him. But whatever the reason, he's twice got you unhinged, so the next time may not be for lack of thinking. I think your best bet is to get someone else to work with the horse & with you, then start at the start again with him, to reinstill your confidence in eachother & basic training.
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post #12 of 14 Old 09-27-2013, 02:42 PM
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TBs more than other breeds seem to have energy levels in direct proportion to what they are being fed. If he is getting a supplemental feeding, try cutting him back until he is on hay alone. TBs need to be going somewhere and if full of energy that is repressed, the result isn't always favorable.
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post #13 of 14 Old 09-27-2013, 06:58 PM
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It can happen to anyone, and there's a certain point once they're bucking past which it's too late to redirect that energy. At that point to take ahold of him will actually help to engage him further which will have the effect of him bucking even stronger! Once you cross that threshold your best bet is to do your best to ride him and think forward as your way out the other side.

The alternative is to ride more actively and start earlier, rather than waiting until things have fallen apart and then trying to make an emergency recovery.

This is a good example of trying to make an emergency recovery too late. If you watch closely you can see that as soon as I took ahold of the lead rope he really engages and starts getting even more elevation! Which ultimately led to coming out the back (lucky I didn't get kicked, too)


Here's the next ride I did on that same horse where the idea was to start early and ride more actively. In particular, working on bending the neck and un-tracking the hindquarters similar to your one-rein stop


As you can see by being much more active and busy I was able to get him rode that day. The main thing I saw to improve on that ride after watching the tape was to slow down what I was doing, and start building him up more gradually with proper movement as in this later ride


Even watching that last one now, I think I could be even getting more done with less. It can really help to start thinking about small incremental improvement when you're trying to build back lost confidence between yourself and a horse. But the upside to that is, once you get onto that it'll make you better. Really gets to be a lot of fun too.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-08-2013, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice. This is my first time talking in a forum, and it really helps! I can now ground drive my horse and he's doing pretty well - still learning, but I'll include more circles (thanks for the circles idea, I'll do that!) And I think I have to look up how to teach a one-rein stop on the ground and in the saddle, to make sure I do it right. If you can tell me how to do it on the ground, that'd be great! I'm going to make sure I'm as educated as I can be before I get back on - would like to have him behaving really well for me on the ground, like everyone said. He's being ridden by some young girls right now (experienced girls, in their 20's), and he's been back to his regular, reliable self. He's just a horse that needs work every day to be his best. Ahhk! Anyway, it is fun to do, would like to have less accidents.
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