not standing still to mount, bucking at canter....more
I asked my barn owner that, if I work with her lesson horses that have gotten bad habits, if I could ride some of her horses for free. She agreed, so I'll be starting to work with her horses tomorrow.
No, I'm not a horse trainer, but I do want to be one when I'm out of college. I've worked with trouble horses before and got them better so I do know usually what I'm doing.
There's three horses that she asked me to work with, and I just wanted to get everyone's feed back on how to try and stop their bad habit(s). None of the habits are particually dangerous for me (not like rearing, striking, biting or anything like that)
horse #1 - 16 year old Paint gelding - Murphy: Lately Murphy has gotten the horrible habit of not standing still while the person mounts. You put one foot in the stirrup, and he trots off (not walks off, trots off). Because of this habit, only the experienced lesson kids are allowed to ride him, but the barn owner would like to be able to get rid of that habit. Making him stand facing a wall does NOT work. I've already tried that.
I was thinking on having one person hold him while I mounted, or to put pressure in one stirrup, and if he moves to back him up, and keep doing it. When I'm on him, again he hates to stop and wait. I'll walk him around the arena, and stop him in random places for 5-10 seconds. Then once he stays there for the full time (I start over ono counting if he tries to walk away), then I walk him around. I do that until he stops perfectly everytime, then I repeat the steps in a trot and canter. It works for as long as I'm on his back, but if I get off, or someone else gets on, he goes back into crazy "I'm not going to stop" mode.
Horse #2 - 10 year old Paint mare - Star: I've worked with her before and she listens great with me, so I have no worries here nor do I think breaking her habit will take a long time. Once I stopped riding her for lessons (when I bought my horse) another girl has been riding her, and I've noticed that every time the girl asks Star to canter (yes the girl is asking Star to canter the right way), she'll start throwing bucks. Just a few, nothing like a bronco will do...but Star is a little kids lesson horse as well as an adult/teen lesson horse. Most of the little kids when they learn to canter, will learn on Star due to her canter is REALLY smooth, yet she listens well to cues in a canter. So we kinda need to break the bucking habit. I know the really only way is to ride out the bucks and keep asking for a canter until she actually goes into one without a buck, but wanted to know mainly on what everyone thought would have caused her to start bucking. I know it's not a poorly fitted saddle.
Horse #3 - 11 Year old Belgian/Appaloosa gelding - Jack: Let's just say that Jack is the laziest horse you will EVER find haha. He's good once you get him going, but getting him going is the hard part. Also he bucks in a canter, and don't know why. How can I get this lazy horse to move his feet? I will keep telling him to trot/canter and won't stop until he does, but was hoping there was an easier way haha.
Any thing else I should know? All three horses I've rode before and know, so it's not like they are new horses to me.
Thanks in advance!!!![/b]