Originally Posted by dreamrideredc
so me and my friend went out on a brief trail ride. At the very beginning I must not have been paying attention b/c my horse threw one buck and I was off, but successfully landed on my feet
instead of punishing my horse I.....patted him! Lol! Told him that everything was okay!
that's just me, so my friend is like "dont pat him, punish him!" it was pretty funny but I felt stupid! I just don't like punishing my boy...thats just me. I know I should have and next time I will but what would you have done in this situation? (plus I think I may have caught w/ my heel in a weird way who knows?!?!) my friend/trainer for others person said to spin him in a circle and kick hard with my outside leg. What would you have done? Thanks in adv. =]
Well, for one thing you were off, and the 'teachable moment' was gone. So to punish the horse after the fact wouldn't have done anything but bruise your relationship. I would have probably patted the horse too...after all, he could have taken off down the trail right? Atleast he stayed with you, and that's work a praise!
Next time, if you feel it coming, just push him foward with your leg; help to push him "out" of the buck, because when he is moving foward he won't be able to buck as hard.
Be more aware of your heel on him, especially if he is the 'goosey' type; maybe work on rubbing his sides with your legs, to get him used to extra 'feel' without expectation of movement.