Originally Posted by sweetpealover
actually for all of yalls information I called a horse psychic tonight and asked about it and yes I already had an appointment prior to calling her and she told me exactly what I figured was wrong, he loves to run, he loves doing work, but he's in a lot of pain from my ill fitting saddle (which I had one custom fitted to him and its on its way as we speak) and from not being adjusted. so for all yall jumping on me for no reason I asked for help not smart remarks and rude comments. and yes he did know the pattern before I got him. She said that he wanted to please me but couldnt any more do to the pain he is suffering from.
Also he HATES trail riding/ slow work and if yall were paying attention I have said many times that I trail ride more than I do anything else sooooooo.
Who is jumping on you? I did not see anyone being rude or making smart remarks. If you are going to ask a question about a horse that has very dangerous behavior, you got to be able to take the advice, and not just what you want to hear. Sure, Northern's reply was a little on the harsh side, but in all reality, very true.
You have been asking your horse to run, run, run with a painful saddle and anxiety problems. Of course he's going to lash out.
Yes, we may be asking you questions you don't want us to answer, but we can't just assume the answer without asking. It's not rudeness. It's asking for more information so we can better understand the situation.
And if YOU were paying attention, I mentioned many other things to do in addition
to trail riding. (So knock your attitude back a notch or two.) Trail riding is great and all, but it has nothing to do with an arena, and that is where you horse has an issue. You've got to work in the arena where you horse has the issue.
He hates slow work right now, I suspect, because all he knows is RUN RUN RUN and he's confused and frustrated. I stand by everything I said in my previous post. Stop running this horse on the pattern. Do exhibitions on him only, at the walk or trot. Enter in some reining classes. Enter in some low level western pleasure classes. Do some cattle events in the arena. Any SLOW type of event that gets him in the arena that is NOT running barrels.
I would bet that even when you get your new saddle that fits better, your issues are still going to be there because his rearing, balking, and fighting you has become a learned behavior and a bad habit. Do not go back to running barrels
even when you get your new saddle. Stick with slow work. It may take months, or even longer, but if you don't fix your horse, you're just going to have a fried dangerous horse brain
on your hands that is going to seriously hurt you, or someone else.