As some of you know, I am in the process of retraining a 7 year old OTTB gelding. I recently posted about him crow hopping. I am happy to report that he stopped doing it....I think that giving him a lot more to focus on (trotting over rails, more circles and figure eights) really helped. He is still dropping his head too low, but I know what to do now: don't give him any resistance, then he can't hang on the bit, AND, send him forward. Its slowly working.
BUT, I am sort of freaked out about something that happenend last night. We had a scheduled lesson with our trainer (she is a top notch dressage trainer and very helpful). There was a looming rain storm and it was 90 degrees and humid. Our plan was to focus on his trotting, only for about 20 mins due to the heat. I had not ridden him in 3 days.
When I got on in the ring, he saw a garbage truck and TOTALLY freaked out. He has seen this before and done nothing. He reared! I stayed on and talked to him. Then it happened again! He saw something else minor and got all silly and scared again....jigged around and reared a little. My trainer asked me to get off and she put him on the lunge line. When she asked him to canter he squealed and kicked his heels in the air and did a sort of "bucking bronco" thing! She transitioned him down to a trot, then a walk, then back up to canter. This time he did a little kick but not much. Third time was calm. I got back on, and trotted in both directions. I think he was to tired to do much, but she wanted to make sure I felt confident on him before ending the day.
He had a cool bath and all was fine.
She recommends that I give him a turn on the lunge before riding from now on. He is gaining weight and relaxing more. Right off the track he was actually a bit lethargic. My fear is this: what if this means he is going to send me flying in the future? Is it normal that they lunge like this "to get the extra energy out" and then chill out when ridden?
DOes his bronco stuff mean he is possible going to get too tough for me?