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post #1 of 6 Old 02-10-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm..great days and baaad days...what gives?

Hi all! So I've recently started riding my OTTB, and for now I'm just getting a feel for what she already knows (I don't know anything about her history between the track and when I adopted her). She seems to have great days and not so great days. She's also very spooky. We will be walking along calmly and all of a sudden she will hear something and start bucking and shaking her head. I plan on having the vet out to check for pain, but I'm not so sure that's it. We will have entire rides with no problems, then a day like today where something at the end of the ring is scaring her, so she won't go anywhere near it. When she bucks I pull her around in a tight circle (mainly just to keep her from throwing me off), then try to drive her forward. Some days it only happens once or twice and otherwise she's fine. But today she would refuse to move forward or turn. I have tried riding bitless and have checked for back pain, but well see what the vet has to say.

Anyway, is there anything I can do besides circle and/or drive her forward? I'm getting better at anticipating her little fits, but sometimes they come out of nowhere (or so it seems to my human senses :P) I have a trainer coming out to work with both of us in a couple weeks since this is more than I've ever dealt with!Assuming its not pain related, could it be an attempt to evade work? Or simply fear? Thanks for any advice!
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-10-2013, 09:17 PM
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I think it's both evasion of work and fear. Sometimes horses do go back to "natural" mode where it's flight or fight. Other times they've developed a habit because they like the reaction they get out of it (aka not working, etc.)

A trainer will definitely help! As will riding it out.. like if your horse spooks, pretend nothing happened and keep going. Except if they're taking off on you.. then make them spiral circle till they calm down.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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If you get pain ruled out, and she goes to bucking, stick her with an iron. I don't care her history, past, whatever. Random bucking fits are not acceptable.

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If you get pain ruled out, and she goes to bucking, stick her with an iron. I don't care her history, past, whatever. Random bucking fits are not acceptable.
What do you mean by stick her an iron? I get this horrible mental image of poking her with a branding iron!

And thank you both for the replies! I do try to ride her forward and just keep going with what we were doing, but sometimes she won't even go forward for more than a few steps. Frustrating for sure!
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What do you mean by stick her an iron? I get this horrible mental image of poking her with a branding iron!

And thank you both for the replies! I do try to ride her forward and just keep going with what we were doing, but sometimes she won't even go forward for more than a few steps. Frustrating for sure!
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Kick her... stirrup iron is my guess.

I'd bring a trainer in to help.

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That's what I figured! :) And I am...I'll be focusing on groundwork in the meantime!
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