Sunny has started to get really, really "balky", and it's just getting ridiculous. It's ONLY when people are in the arena, though, and have been by him. Then, randomly he'll be cantering along nicely, and just STOP and won't go. And it'll be random, too. Then, he'll start backing up. I'll reposition his legs, make a lot of noise - but I can't really use the whip or he'll blow up and buck like crazy (trust me! I've tried!). He'll back up a lot in the center of the arena.
I'm wondering if it's a physical problem. However, he just got fixed (a month ago) by the chryo and who knows - maybe he hurt something... again.
I think (hope!) I'm riding this right. Is there anything that I should take into consideration, or tips?
When I ride, I'm thinking this:
- NO (whatsoever) treats in the middle (note that whenever he's good, he gets a treat and that stays. And if you have a problem with that - see how top riders give their horses treats when good...also, my trainer uses treats, espically when you mount).
- Mount by the track.
- Really get after him (kick, make NOISE..that helps a lot).
Hopefully this'll just be a little thing. I just want to stop this before it leads to rearing.