Did I do the right thing?
So this afternoon I went out to ride my horse and as soon as I got on he was being a total wingnut. He was not paying attention to me, running through my hands, trying to bolt and buck. I hopped off and check him for any pain, and found none. Since he had been doing his antics with ears up and almost gleefully I decided that the cool, crisp, fall breeze was going to his head (I was riding outside, the outdoor at my barn is 300x150 so pretty big.) So, I snapped a lunge line on him but soon realized that all I was doing was winding him up more, so I traded my lunge line for a lead and a dressage whip and started doing some ground work, by now he was in a halter, I had taken my saddle off of him. I made him move his shoulder, butt, every part of him. I worked on ground work for probably an hour until he would move any part of him by me just lightly touching him. By this point he was licking and hewing his lips, and his ears were flopped to either side, excepted for when I asked him to do something, then he would point then at me. I took this as a sign of 'defeat' (respect really, right?) and decided to end our session with a good hose off and liniment rub down and put him in his stall with his dinner and said goodnight and left the barn.
So, did I do the correct thing? Should I have gotten back on him? Or was it right to end it where I did? I am thinking of doing some serious ground with him before at least and maybe after every ride, I should right?
Thanks for any replies, especially if you read the whole thing:)
Also sorry for any spelling errors, I'm on my phone :)
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ETA this was really my first time doing ground work with him let alone any horse, I guess I never understood its importance, boy do I now!!!
Last edited by JustWingIt; 09-03-2012 at 08:36 PM.