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    01-30-2010, 10:36 PM
Crazy kid trying to ride a dangerous draft

I hoped the title would help get some views :) I purchased a draft x in august and have been working with her since. She's great, most of the time. When she's bad, she's REALLY bad. Take today for instance, she took off in a full speed gallop, then stoped and BUCKED like there was no tomorrow. I stayed on for awhile, but finally ended up flying over her neck and landing head first on the ground......I thought her bucking/bolting was under control until today, she's done this plenty of times but I havent actually been in pain until now. Its way out of hand, theres no pattern, its just random. Sometimes its while we're at a steady walk, or a trot, or when I ask her to canter. Also, she sometimes shakes her head, im wondering if it could be her bit (a regular eggbut snaffle) maybe she has a weird mouth and a single jointed bit is unomfortable? There arent any pressure points with her saddle, I don't think that's the problem, because she bucks me off when I ride bareback. I've never had problems with previous horses, so I don't think its me. Im not scared of her, im just discouraged and frusterated. I always get right back on, to show her its not an easy way out of work, I did today too. Now I have a 1700 lb. Beast who hates me and Im totally out of Maybe I can try a different bit?
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    01-30-2010, 10:40 PM
That is how a horse I worked with acted. It turns out he has a weird shaped mouth so any type of bit put him in pain. So I switched him to a Bitless Bridle and now he is awesome! Maybe your horse has a similar problem?
    01-30-2010, 10:43 PM
Please, dear god, tell me you are wearing a helmet.

Was this horse supposedly broke when you bought her or did you buy her to train her? How much training experience do you have? I'm assuming you aren't a pro (please correct me if I am wrong). Please get a professional to help you.

Please post more info about her and your background.
    01-30-2010, 10:44 PM
@ horsea -Do you know if theres any way I can figure out if that's the issue before buying a new bridle?
    01-30-2010, 10:45 PM
If the horse has been trained before, do you know what kind of bit she was usually ridden with?
    01-30-2010, 10:48 PM
Snoggle, I have been riding and taking lessons for 4 years, I have minimal experience with training. Bubbles was "broke to ride" (and drive) when I bought her. She's 7 years old and was trained using clinton anderson methods. THANKFULLY I was wearing a helmet!! I just called and she was wearing a regular snaffle before I got her.
    01-30-2010, 10:54 PM
The safety neurotic nurse and future mother in me has to know, are you wearing a helmet? I just don't want you posting a story about a serious head injury from this horse! I won't "yell" at you or anything. I just want you to start wearing one if you aren't.
    01-30-2010, 10:57 PM
Okay, I wrote my post before you added that. Sorry. Glad you're wearing a helmet. I'll be able to sleep tonight.
    01-30-2010, 11:04 PM
Has a vet checked out her mouth? Or given her a complete physical? I'd get the vet to give her a look over to make sure there isn't something medical causing her to have pain when you do certain things.
    01-30-2010, 11:07 PM
I just had a Bitless Bridle laying around and I just tried it on him. You could buy one used and if it doesn't work you could always sell it again. But when I had our horse dentist out to look at him he told us that his palate was under developed. The bit would rub on a soft part in his mouth.

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