I am just joining the forum although I have been getting advise from you for quite some time. I have a couple of question regarding our new horse that I really could use your experience on. I spent the last 30 minutes giving backround but somehow lost my whole post so this time I will just ask the questions and see if you can help. If you need more information I will be happy to give more information
2 months ago we added another horse to our herd of 3. He is AQHA 5 yr old gelding. We bought him from our farrier who trains and until recently has shown very sucessfully. He no longer has the time for showing so he offered us Zip who had been in the pasture for the past 1.5 years and only been ridden in the ring about 15 times.
We only ride pleasure. Zip was bought for my husband as his 27 year old appt is blind at night and we want to start taking the horses on overnight trips. Would not be fair to take Chief to a strange place when he can't see. I am working Zip for my husband as he only rides occasionally.
Two questions :
1) When riding Zip with our horses if they come anywhere near him he lays his ears flat. He is the low man in our herd. He does not attempt to kick but I think he is paying to much attention to the "herd". I guess I am not the leader yet. My other horses are not allowed to threaten another horse when I am around. Of course I have had them for 3-6 years. If they do they get a firm "stop it" and they do. At this point I don't know if ZIP is afraid and if I should get on him about it. Also don't know how to let him know this is not appropriate.
2) Zip has bucked me off twice. 1st time we were in our little field that I kind of use like a big round pen as it is surrounded by trees with just one opening. We had been working on verbal such as walk,easy, whoa, jog,ect. He did great so then I wanted to work on getting him to go straight to a lope from a walk. My friend was on one of my horses at the other end. Next thing I recallis waking up on the ground. I did not kick him just gave him rein and a little heel. I woke up on the ground. Kim said he gave two bronco bucks and off I went. He of course ran over to the other horse. I got back on and we went on a trail ride and loped some with no problem.
The next time was this past weekend. We were out riding and I had Zip in a nice slow lope when my friend came up behind us ( not directly behind but to the side) running with Jack. Zip went crazy and started bucking like mad. About the time I got him stopped I fell/slid off. I know ithey say its not good to run up behind another horse but with my other horses it is not a problem. They might try to speed up but listen. I could understand if Zip would have wanted to speed up but he just started bucking. Of course we will be careful in the future not to do this until he has some miles on him but I still don't understand the buckingl
Do you think he was afraid since Jack is dominate or got excited or what?
I know I am doing something wrong and I want to get it corrected because I don't want to turn this sweet boy in to a real bronco.
I plan on taking him out by himself tomorrow so any advise would be appreciated.