Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
To MBP-yes, that's exactly what needs to happen, lol.....he also needs to "go ridden out of him, and I do not have the velcro butt nor the real solid skills to do so, should he decide he wants to be a nut. That's where my trainer comes in. I'll feel better knowing he's still only a five minute drive away from me and I can watch the sessions if I choose, but its not so much as having the brakes installed as giving them a tune up. Until last month when he took off on me, I could trot him on a loose rein and he'd never even think of going faster.
HS-You're right, its not a "yay, canter" its a "oh, I remember how this goes--I take off and its way more fun!" Again, he never had a problem with his brakes or his cues until he took off on me last month. That's when he figured out he could go, and basically get away with it. In this case the cantering him in to the ground will get him to really LISTEN to my cues again--sometimes but not always he ignores the "slow down" cue in the round pen, so I guess its time he learned? As for the one rein stop, he bends fine from the ground and in the saddle. I've one rein stopped him before, the last time he took off on me, but that was a little more controlled than this time. At a walk, he yields his hind end into a turn and if I chose to he could put his nose on my foot. But when he gets his "race horse" brain, he forgets all of that and just knows how to charge forward with his front end and keep going.
Marissa-It wasn't a choice, as soon as he took off I lost my reins. They're thick trail reins and are kind of soft, so they just fell from my hand and that was it. If I'd kept them, I probably would have stayed on and gotten him under control, but at that point I knew it just wasn't going to happen so I rolled off. I've actually fallen once before and forgot to roll, which resulted in me breaking my wrist. So I did teach myself for future purposes, lol. He wasn't galloping, he was cantering, but it was his long and choppy race track canter so he was moving pretty fast. Like I said with my boy puck, I don't have the real solid skills or the velcro butt to sit his new found racetrack fits. Maybe after a few sessions with the girl who used to ride broncos he'll get it, but until then I don't plan on getting on him.
Health wise, I am fine, no concussion, but he did manage to clip me with his back legs (he has stiff stifles!) as he jumped over me, so I have a nice bruise on my thigh. My tailbone is also bruised pretty good, so I wouldn't be in riding condition regardless.