Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
not a good day today...
I was *supposed* to go on a trail ride today with Pyro and the rest of the barn, but it did not go like I had planned.
Okay, so Sunday, my trainer asks if I would like to go on a "trail ride" with her on the XC(cross country) field, and I figured it would help get him used to riding in the open as far as trail riding and XC. He did amazing! The other horse who was more experienced was being a little fart and kept running into him... He sort of made a disgusted face and put his ears back(not pin them, he was listening to me to see if it was "okay") and that was it.
Yesterday I got to the barn early to ride with my friend, but she I guess forgot about me so I finished clipping him instead(I have two threads about that, one in tack+equip. And grooming). He was sort of being a good boy... he started getting impatient with me towards the end, nothing bad though. So fastforward to today...
I get to the barn early and he's done eating. Everyone is already there getting their horses ready to load. I go to the pasture and bring him up to do the same. He was acting fine, he was still mad at me from the night before I think... It took me like 4 hours to clip him and then I gave him a bath to top it off xD hahaha. Then we trailer over to the trails and unload. Now he's being REALLY difficult.. He would stand still, but when I went to brush him, put on his boots and esp. His saddle, he would move all over the place, he didn't run me over or anything, just being a jerk about it. I get it all on, and take him to the level ground and lunge him. After about 10mins, he seemed all right and I decide it was time to mount. After waiting for everyone to use the mounting block, it was my turn. The lady that trailered us over there, who is also a horse trainer, helped me *try* to get on. He's acting fine, standing still and everything. I get both legs over, gather up the reins, and he starts to move forward... She makes him stand still and he completely freaks out... He was bucking like a madman! And she wouldn't let go! I finally screamed at her to let go of the halter(we had them under the bridles because we were going to stop to eat lunch..) but it was too late and I was already on the ground. His front feet almost landed on me, but he moved out of the way in time. So I'm sitting on the ground, holding the reins and he's looking at me like I'm the anti-christ. And this all happened with-in 5 seconds. Okay, so she's all like, alright it's time for some R'n'R(rest and relaxation)... and she gave him some sort of calming stuff.. it takes 15 minutes for it to kick in. About 3 seconds later, she's leading him to the mounting block.... I'm standing on top of it, petting him and soothing him and all of a sudden, he just flips out! He rears up and the lady is holding onto his halter again, and it just freaks him out even more. He somehow flips over and lands sideways. I almost get kicked(on accident) by his back legs and somewhere between not getting kicked and keeping my balence to not fall onto him(I'm still on the mounting block), I let got of the reins... Once he gets up, he looks at me and trots off xD he wasn't galloping or anything, just trotting off. It took like, 30 minutes to find him...
So with all the happened in the last couple of days and today, what do you think caused this behavior? He hasn't bucked before, not even on the lunge line. Do you think it was the clipping the night before? Or not riding the previous day? Did I not lunge him enough before getting on? The person holding him took me back to the barn and on the way there, told me I need to get rid of him ASAP and he's the most dangerous kind of horse out there and there is no way to fix it and yada yada yada... My actual trainer didn't seem too worried about it.
He stands PERFECTLY when riding in the arena.. I think he's just not a "trail horse" and it was too much for him to handle..
Please, any and all opinions are wanted and welcome!
(The person that held him is a VERY good rider and trainer, don't get me wrong. I am not trying to make her sound "stupid", inexperienced or anything of the like, she had the very best of intentions for everything she did today. She just doesn't know my horse.)