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post #1 of 6 Old 10-27-2013, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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My husband bought a horse about three weeks ago. Who was fine when we rode him where he was being sold at. Now that we have him home, you can only ride him for about 30 minutes and he starts getting nervous, crow hopping and trying to buck. He has no health issues, and has just had his feet done last week. I've done everything I can think of to get him to behave. Keep in mind I've had horses since I was seven. Do you guys have any advice?
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-27-2013, 10:51 AM
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Is he alone? If so, that could be contributing to his issues.

When were his teeth last checked? Have you looked at saddle fit?

Horses don't just suddenly start acting up for no reason, and it's up to us to figure out the possible causes since they can't tell us what's wrong. Rule out the obvious issues such as pain, bad tack fit, and loneliness first.

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-27-2013, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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He isn't alone, my gelding is with him. I haven't had his teeth checked yet, but they were floated not too long before we got him. Not sure on the exact date, but it was this year. He does play with his bit a lot. It is a sweet iron snaffle. I do know that he had just a regular snaffle before. His saddle seems to fit fine, and I always check everything for putting it on. It's usually after about 20-30 minutes of riding is when he will start acting up. Even if I'm on my horse and riding with him and my husband.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-27-2013, 10:59 AM
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perhaps while he's settling in he would benefit from more warm up time (lunging, round pen, etc.) before you get in the saddle.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-27-2013, 11:16 AM
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Does this behaviour take place while riding around home or while going away from home? If the latter, you're asking him to move beyond his comfort level. Whether or not he's alone or with another horse, home represent security. You need to keep his mind busy by riding serpentines, circles big and very small, more serpentines. Keeping his feet busy keeps his mind busy on what you are asking him to do, not allowing him to think up things.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-27-2013, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Problem solved

Thank you guys for all the info! I worked with him today with my horses bit and he was fine. So we went out and got the same one for him. And we rode today for 4 hours, so all is fine now! I didn't even think about that for some
reason. Thank ya'll!
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