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post #1 of 12 Old 02-04-2013, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 10 year old qh who has always been touchy but latly has been bolting at everything! I have been training horses for a few years now and have never had a issue getting it stopped before but this gelding is testing me! I have sacked him out with my rope and worked him on the ground. I guess I am looking for other opinions on what else I can try to stop him from bolting and being so reactive to everything around him. I was thinking maybe more time out on the trail will help. What do you think? More time on the trail will fix it??
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-04-2013, 05:01 PM
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Learning how to properly do a one rein stop might be beneficial. I wouldn't be taking this horse out on any trails until this bad habit has been resolved. Bolting on trails, and in general, is a dangerous habit. I would stick to working in a arena until you can get this horse to stop bolting. These videos might help you.




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post #3 of 12 Old 02-04-2013, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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I am a very experienced rider so I am not to concerned with being out on the trail. I can put him in the arena and watch him act like a perfect gentleman all day and walk trot canter perfectly. Its the garbage can monsters and scary tree limbs he doesnt like at random. I mean he will be ok for a hour or more and then he sees this scary fallen limb on the ground and balks off. I have sacked him out in the arena over and over and he is ok with the rope and flags. Thats why I was hoping that more time out on the trail would help or alleviate the problem completly. You dont feel that it would get better with time on the trail?
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-04-2013, 05:38 PM
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Then I suggest you watch Larry Trocha's videos that I posted above.

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How often has he been on the trail? Did he just start this behavior with new things or is he spooking at things that he's normally well adjusted too? I've found that horses...especially the smart ones get used to a lot of stimuli....and always need new stuff...and then if they are bored they start looking for things to spook at... ( just like my current new horse)...it's a pain in the you know what..but as far as the smart ones go...they are such testers!!!!!
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Have his eyes tested!
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-04-2013, 07:56 PM
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I would get his eyes checked, it can't hurt to look at em. Does he spook more when he is by himself? Can he go out with a good bomber trail horse and if so does that reduce this horses reactions?
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I would get his eyes checked, it can't hurt to look at em. Does he spook more when he is by himself? Can he go out with a good bomber trail horse and if so does that reduce this horses reactions?
Ok now that were on the subject of other horses along with him I will explain his behavior in these situations. If another horse balks and runs so does he... I have no trouble stopping him but my wife or whoever is riding with me usually isnt as experienced as I am and they get pissy with me and my old "crazy" gelding
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How often has he been on the trail? Did he just start this behavior with new things or is he spooking at things that he's normally well adjusted too? I've found that horses...especially the smart ones get used to a lot of stimuli....and always need new stuff...and then if they are bored they start looking for things to spook at... ( just like my current new horse)...it's a pain in the you know what..but as far as the smart ones go...they are such testers!!!!!
He has been on the trail as long as I have had him and that has been about a year. I have ridden him through his spooks and jigs but this year is the year he needs to slow down and think! Before I got him I believe he was probably extensively ridden in a arena.
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-04-2013, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got a chance to watch the videos on horses that spook by larry trocha Borntorun. I am going to do exactly as he said. Which is pretty much what I have been doing for the past few days anyways. He was saying in the last video there that after a few weeks most horses give in to it if they know your going to make them do it anyways so we will see!
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