Originally Posted by ShezaCharmer
Probably just a bad day. With the wind and the fact that he wasn't ridden for a while, he was probably just feeling a little extra spooky. If you don't feel comfortable riding him maybe ask someone who is experienced to exercise him a bit to see if they can get that little bit of an edge off.
Try not to be nervous if he does these things as well because usually this makes the problem worse. I always think, laugh it off but correct the horse. :)
I have to comment and laugh on this. On Saturday, I attended an 8 hour marriage seminar as part of the marriage class for my Church (wedding is in April).
Of course, throughout the class we discussed interaction as a couple and dealing with hurt feelings, conflict, and perceived slights.
As soon as I read your statement, I thought to myself, "Wow. If we (horse lovers) treat our spouses/partners as we do our horses, how much more fulfilling could our relationships be?"
Because, I would bet a Coke (I never bet money) that if one of our spouses/partners behaved in such as jerk-like fashion, we would not be laughing.
Hahahah - comic relief. I had to offer some.
OP- Don't let it get you down too much. I also have a young horse and my trainer has been reminding me often that young horses have more "days" than older and highly finished days. It's part of the experience of owning young.
But, I have to say, I am amazed that you "saddle and ride" a horse that young. I lunge Sam before every saddling experience (with or without saddle). Even if I have managed to ride him Monday - Friday, I will lunge him on Saturday before I get on board.
One reason is for my safety. I fully subscribe to the old saying, "A tired horse is a good horse." He is a lot of horse. However, if you were to ask me to describe his disposition, I would use words like quiet, calm, steady. But, he is in peak condition and on full feed. I can do a 30 minute arena ride on him where I am working gait transitions in big and small circles and he won't even breathe heavily. A 3-hr trail ride up and down rocky and steep hills barely creates a sweat in 30 degree weather. Lunging him for 15 minutes does not tire him out, but it does put his "game face" on, as we say.
If I miss even one day of riding, I lunge him at a fast trot to work out some of his wiggles. If I am going trail riding, I lunge him without saddle, saddle, then work patterns for at least 15 minutes before putting him in the trailer.
One day, I failed to do this. I had been riding consistently every day so on Sunday, I saddled, trailered, finished saddling an hour later at the trail head, and got on.
Yea. Erm, what a ride. It was cool, drizzly, with a slight wind. I can't even dare think of how he would have behaved if I had missed riding several days. He was WILD.
I'm by no means an expert, just using my horse of similar age for comparison. Some of your ride's frustration may have been extra energy. I bet next time he is a sweetie again.