Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Western Australia
New horse = New problems :(
Hi everyone haven't been on in ages and I've come here to just spill.
I got a new horse in jan, old horse was that old and couldn't do the things I wanted to do as he always went sore so now he's semi retired on 50 acres :) anyway back to the said new horse, Romeo.
Where do I start, problem one, bolting, now he's only done this once and it was when I first got him, but pretty much what happened was we went out on a ride by ourselves, nice little walk and I thought it'd be a good idea to trot on the way back, well Romeo had other ideas, say a gallop maybe?
That didn't actually phase me that much as I just figured he was an Ottb, fast was all he really knew. Been out on rides since and trotted with and without people he's fine, haven't yet cantered out on the trials though
Second problem, he has developed this head tossing issue, which I should of bit in the but way before it came to this but I didn't... For some stupid reason.
The first time he head tossed it was quite weird, we were trotting with my friend and he kept head tossing like he wanted to go faster but didn't, I didn't have that much contact on him as well.
But today, well today he reared, up right vertical rear, nearly went over backwards.
Scariest thing I have ever dealt with.
The bad part after the rear I was too shaken up to do anything, just sort of sat there for a few moments. I was with friends as well.
He had no real reason to rear, moments before he reared they did get stirred up by some paddocked horses next to us, but then he had calmed down there was wire so I put my left leg on to move him over and he goes up.
I think that's what got me the most, I was kind if scared to out my leg on after that, he was jig jogging sideways, calmed down eventually and was good for the rest if the ride.
It's just so annoying that he's only like that out on rides, I have weekly lessons and he's an absolute gem, lazy even.
I have a dressage/show jumping clinic tomorrow, if he's naughty there I'm going to get the chiro out for him, but then I. Thinking maybe he's just got lots of energy, I need to ride him more, it's just so hard to do it when you work full time, I really don't know how some people do it.
But if he is still a not right, I think I'm going to have to send him off to a trainer... Going to burn a massive whole in my pocket but I just can't deal with those problems and I really don't want to make them worse...
Well that's me out, feel a bit better after writing e everything down :)