Finally after months of trying to fix him we found a chiropractor that actually found his problems. Poor darlin. This is what was wrong with him:
- his spine was compressed
- his hips were out of alignment probably because of his spine of whatever caused the injury to the spine
- there was something out in his poll which was making him throw his head and rear
- his left shoulder was out of whack
The chiro thinks he had taken a fall in the paddock and probably a nasty fall at that considering the amount of damage. He clunked and pulled and massaged and worked on pressure points etc. he worked with him for half an hour and it cost me $25 so cheap yet I got the best results yet :) jarreds whole demeanor changed so quickly. He calmed and seemed to relax everything. He went back in his yard and went to sleep. Didnt even bother about his hay lol
3 days later I lunged him. He seemed all good so the enxt day I hopped on. The chiro said I only had to wait 24 hours but I felt better leaving it a bit longer than that. Straight away I could tell there was a difference. He was still a bit tense but im assuming he was expecting it to be painful. We walked around for a while. He was back to his old tricks. Stopping whenever he feels like it and yanking his head down :roll: but that I can deal with. Its better than the bucking and rearing. I rode for about 10 minutes just to see how he really was. I mainly walked and trotted and did a circle or two of canter. Boy have I missed that canter :) but he was fine in all of them.
So now my plan of attack. Im thinking I should return to basics in many ways with him. While he walks, trots and canters he seems to really not get it. To him he just goes faster. Im thinking of spending time with the pessoa lunging system again and trying to work on a lot of trot circles/poles etc but how can I make him more responsive to my leg aids. He kinda understands but doesnt really respond much?
And every time I ask him to go forward he does but he still pulls his head up and puts his ears back. This is what he used to do before the back problems too. Should I try something to stop the head throwing like a martingale or something? I don't like using those kinds of things but I can't having him throwing his head up all the time.
I will get rich to get some video of me riding him tonight and then you can see what im talking about.