I'm not a mean person. But I am a very direct person. You're asking for advice and this is the best advice you'll get. Whether you take it or not is your choice. The worst thing you could do is be defensive and ignore it. Here is the plain and simple TRUTH and why:
IT'S YOUR FAULT.
Your horse figured out you're not going to do anything about him not cantering. We carry crops and whips and wear spurs to reinforce our natural aids. This problem started a long time ago when your horse ignored you a little and you did nothing about it. Now it has progressed to the point where he simply will not canter for you. You don't have to "reteach" him how to canter. He's a horse. He was born knowing how. You taught him now not to. The bucking is just defiance. You taught him he doesn't have to listen. So then you spank him with a whip for NOT listening? I'd kick at you too! Your problem is your inconsistency and lack of ownership of the problem you created. Other people won't have this problem to this extent with your horse because he didn't know if they'll let him get away with it. But he knows you will. Your trainer is right for not letting you jump.
You carry a crop. Actually USE it next time. And loud enough that you only ever have to use it once. Don't like hitting your horse with the crop? Think its sad and mean to hit your horse with the crop?? Obviously you've used it enough that he's actually gotten used to getting hit! That's what's really sad :(
You created this problem by not keeping a clear set of standards for your horse's reactions to your natural aids.
You fix it.
Be CLEAR and CONSISTENT with your horse.
It is the best way to be kind.
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1. I have just bought Dakota, I have schooled him the past year and now he's only mine as of a few days ago. He was a school horse. Ridden by many riders, he has picked up many bad habits. He has never been a school horse and has been for a year and has done everything he can to rebel.
2. I CHOOSE not to use the crop. I use leg before anything else. He is NOT used to the crop and I did NOT create the problem, about 5 riders at my barn rode him in the schooling program, all advanced as I am. I have no idea how they rode him but with the bad habits he's picked up, I'm sure they didn't treat him as kind as I did. One woman was actually banned from riding him, as she used spurs on him without permission
You cannot use spurs on my horse, he doesn't need them
3. I didn't teach him anything yet, this is my third day ALL alone with him. Before, I rode him only 2/3 times a week
He is not a school horse, he was put in the schooling program to calm him down & wear him out a bit because when he first came, he was western, green and thought to be abused to an extent
I am the only one he allows to mount him, as I found out this morning when my trainer said she wanted to ride him today
She lunged him and got him to canter then, but be broke alot and it was difficult to canter him then
I was the only person at my barn able to handle him at one time, don't say it's my fault when I saved that horse
I have worked with him on the trot, and jumps, as this time last year he wouldn't dare touch a jump
I came on here for advice, not to be bashed by ignorant people who know nothing about my horse
I do get what you are saying by my inconsistency, in this heat, you can only go so far without overheating your horse
I am a pushover and sometimes I do need to take control over him. I need methods to work on transitions and how to discipline bucks. The crop is not a good method, he just fights back and bucks more and more
I do not know anything about past owners. My barn got him a year and a half ago and taught him to jump. I schooled him under the English saddle and he was probably a personal horse or and cowboys horse, as my friend who rides western rode him when he first came and this is what she told me Posted via Mobile Device