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    12-20-2011, 08:20 PM
How should i interpert my horses behavior?

Hiya. I have a 5yr old 16 hh appaloosa. And he is quite a charater. I had moved to rhode island for 2 months and now that I'm back I was so excited to see my horse. We wanted to make sure everything would work out finacially before we moved him up there and were going to really stay there. Well it didn't work out and now I'm back happily in MD while I was gone my horse was lightly ridden twice and lunged a handful of times by my trusty horse girlfriends. But now that I'm back and riding my horse has been acting funny. He's been bucking. Not severe. He's attempted to give me 2 full out bucks but I correct them before they happen. Other than that is only like a couple bounces here and there (like 1-3). What I'm not sure is if its because he's happy and full of energy or if its because he's sore from being ridden. I've checked my saddle and him for loose bolts or sores. And nothing is out of the ordinary. And when I try to do practice/ arena circles he cuts his turns tight and ends up stumbling. We had just gotten into barrels right before I left. And I had taken him around a couple trotting the other day but it wasn't crazy. When we went riding with all my friends they all took off running and most of the time we would too but it was a long so I thought it would be nice to take a break. And he fought and fought and chomped down on that bit and pulled against me. He's never done anything like that to me except when I very first got him.

So my question is. Do I need to beef up the workout to burn out some of that energy or should I lay off? Feel free to ask any questions to help with a more though answer.
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    12-20-2011, 09:10 PM
Sounds like he is just feeling fresh and out of shape. Its like if you take a couple months off from going to the gym and then try to go back. You feel like crap, you are stiff and sore, you don't enjoy it. It will take him a while to get back into the swing of things and remember who is boss. He has had basically a couple months of living in the pasture with no work other than a couple of days and he isn't enjoying being back to work. It will come just have some patience and don't expect him to be how he was when you left him.
    12-20-2011, 10:24 PM
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I would guess that your friends did not make him mind or ride as well as you did.

Just start him back into work by being very particular about what you accept. He will straighten back up.

If you warm him up, just be sure you do not let him buck and play on a longe line. I would school him on a longe with him bitted up. That way, you can 'knock a little air out of him' and make him maintain form and quality behavior at the same time.
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    12-21-2011, 09:24 PM
That's a good idea. He hasn't been liking the longe whip lately so I guess I'll play around with the syrcingle(sp) a a bit and make it a little be more work for him.
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    12-21-2011, 09:26 PM
That's true lynn. It was just surprising because one day he wanted to do noting but run and the others he just has a tantrum.
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    12-21-2011, 09:28 PM
Or you can free lounge him let him relax and not stress him out.....just saying.
    12-21-2011, 09:28 PM
If he is already chomping on the bit when you ride how is lounging on a bit and tied up going to help??
    12-23-2011, 12:42 AM
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He is obviously not listening to or respecting his rider very well and has previously ridden at a much better level.

Lightly bitting up a horse like this is much better than pulling on him and wrestling im back under control.

When a horse is properly bitted up, he gives himself instant release for yielding to the bit pressure. He controls how much he argues with the bit and he gets instant release for giving the right response.

The last thing I want a horse to do that needs a refresher course is have the freedom to turn his head out, drop a shoulder, cut in on the circle and just practice and repeat the same problems I am having with him under saddle. What possible good could that do.

I do not look at longing as a way to tire a horse or run him in mindless circles where he can practice poor form. I look at longing as a excellent opportunity to school a horse where he has fewer choices to do the wrong thing. The instant release a horse gives himself when he does the right thing can accomplish more than all of the pulling in the World that a rider tries to do to keep an unruly horse under control.

This kind of longing is much more beneficial for refresher courses and tune ups. It is also a very good way to bring a horse that has had a vacation back into work and training. He gets 'legged up' while he gets back 'into his groove'.
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    12-23-2011, 12:54 AM
My take on this is that the problem lies in the fact that he was ridden TWICE. Only. And lounging is okay, but it's not enough- he's probably full of himself because of the lack of exercise. I guess the best thing to do is to take a step back, and I would definitely beef up the work outs to get it out of him. If he was only ridden twice while you were gone, and he was perfectly fine when you left, I don't see why the saddle etc. would bother him at all, unless he managed to pull a muscle or something, but I kind of doubt that. You can always get him a quick check-up by an equine chiropractor to be sure, though.
    12-23-2011, 03:11 AM
Firstly, I agree - as usual - with Cherie. Assuming 'properly bitted up' means properly trained & ridden.

I would not like to assume, from that little info you provided, what the problem was though.

It could be to do just with having a couple of months off from you, whether that's to do with lack of exercise/overfed so too much energy, or that your friends haven't worked with him in the same way as you, so they've inadvertently taught him 'bad manners' or such.

He's a youngster & perhaps still growing physically and just because there are no 'loose bolts' or actual saddle sores(that only tends to happen with chronic/acute saddle issues) doesn't necessarily mean the saddle's comfortable & properly fitting, even assuming it was a few months ago. He may have had a 'growth spurt', but even mature horses change shape over time & seasons, so *proper* saddle fit checks are important to do regularly. He may have other pain/discomfort issues; teeth, hooves, back, neck.... etc.

He may not have had a very good education at the start, or may have been 'broken' with rough treatment originally and when you were riding him regularly, he was kind of 'shut down' and just acting like a robot. After a couple of months off, he's come to life & showing his true personality/confusion/fear. I think that's why it used to be so common in the days when 'breaking' horses was the norm, for people to believe you had to ride a horse regularly or they'd 'go feral' & have to be 'rebroken'.

It could be something about you. Perhaps you've got a physical problem that causes you to be imbalanced or such, making him uncomfortable & reactive. Perhaps you have an emotional problem - something's happened lately, or it's a long term problem that he got used to in the past...

So, not assuming any of the above, just giving a few possibilities, that I think are important to consider, before just treating it as a straight training issue.

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