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post #1 of 9 Old 12-06-2011, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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major riding problems :/

kso, I have a 17hh monster that has been frustrating me soo much and I have no idea how to fix it :(

Reuben really likes to just stomp around, trotting and cantering like a bat out of hell and he will if you let him and like 10 of our rides before remembrance weekend have been amazing, he was really collected and easy going, minimal rein contact, but then I took 2 weeks off because of school. Since then he's been a horror to ride, stomping around, not paying attention to me, he's also been terrible to lead out of the field, unless he has a chain over his nose he will turn around and run off. Today was the worst because on top of all this, he actually threw me and tried to a second time. He's never been a bad horse just a little ignorant sometimes but I just don't have the patience to be ridding him if he's going to be a dickhead. Another thing to add is that he is in our barns beginner lesson program and is in 3 lessons a week.

Can someone provide insite as to what could be making him act out this way, could there be something wrong with him, or maybe he's just not happy? I'm going to ask the coach that does his lessons how he's been acting as well.
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-06-2011, 07:38 PM
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Does him being in the lesson program have any relation to the changes in behavior? If he is being used by beginners, then he is probably getting plenty of opportunities to get away with what he wants to do, and has developed the idea that he needs to take over the leadership position.

I would suggest doing some ground work with him to get him settled and willing to accept direction, especially coming out of the field. And maybe he needs a good gallop. If you aren't comfortable doing it, can someone else give him a really good winding?
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post #3 of 9 Old 12-06-2011, 07:39 PM
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I just don't have the patience to be ridding him if he's going to be a dickhead.
Horse's have bad days. Some do very poorly with too much time off with rides. If you have no patience, you won't be able to solve the problem no matter what it is.
Wallaby and bsms like this.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Yes I started lunging him before our last couple rides and he's still very go go go, it takes a nice while for me to convince him that he dosnt need to do that, can you believe that he's a QH/Belgian?

He's been in lessons since the beginning of the summer, which used to be four lessons a week, but I also used to ride at least every second day, since schools started its been twice a week at most.
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sounds like just fresh no?? Need to ride more chuck out in feild lunge till tired..
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sounds like just fresh no?? Need to ride more chuck out in feild lunge till tired..
Huh? Translation please?
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another thing to add is that he is in our barns beginner lesson program and is in 3 lessons a week.

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There is the source of ALL your problems.

Fix that...you fix the horse.
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I agree with the others, he is a big strong guy and has learned he can intimidate the beginners. Is he yours or are you just one of his riders? If he was mine I would keep the beginners off him until I regained his attention. If you are one of his riders, you may have to spend more time pre-ride getting his attention.

When I find my three year old isn't paying attention, I bit her up on the lunge and have her work on transitions until she is ready to listen. Then I get on and do slow work, bends, transitions, pivots, moving her body. If she is good, we end our ride on a good note. If she gets naughty, I get off and she goes right back to work on the lunge, bitted up so she doesn't get to play at the end of the line.

My advice is make sure to find the time to get on him more often, or lunge him the day before you ask for work under saddle...

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post #9 of 9 Old 12-07-2011, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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no he's mine, having him in the lessons covers half of board, which is $500, so if I stopped his lessons I would defiantly have to move him to somewhere cheaper, but then again theres no point to have him at a fancy place if he's going to be terrible to ride right?

I'm going to keep trying to ride it out, and if I don't seem to get leeway I'm going to have my coach ride, and probably pick up lessons again.. good thing I have a light coarse load this semester...
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