Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Just learn to ride with it :) You want to come and ride Nelson in a Fox Hunt?! LOL - try riding that! We do phenominal Piaffe's, and Tempi Changes and Nelson can sure put those Lip's to shame with his feats of "Airs Above The Ground". He can even do a ****ed good Micheal Jackson Moon Walk. And his Jigging for the whole ride, meh.....
Guess what - it is what it is. I used to fight Nelson, and made the ride miserable, but nothing I did, would correct it. I would hold him until he walked, but the moment I let go he'd trot again and I would repeat it 10,000X but still, nothing.
So, one day, while out on a Fox Hunt, the Hunts Master, an exceptional rider and well into his 70's told me "Go with him, not against him" and I learnt to just ride him the way he was out on Hunts.
I'll tell you what, I've obtained an amazing sitting trot seat! lol. To learn to sit quietly and softly on his back while he jigged, took time, but when I mastered it, I now just go with the flow. Doesn't bother me.
They get excited, and just want to go, go, go. So, I put a 3 Ring Elevator on Nelson, and our Figure 8 Nose Band when we Fox Hunt - so he can be as silly as he wants, and I am still in control, preventing us from passing a Hunt Member and from disrespecting anyone who is out there with us.
Guess what - Nelson is 21!!! TB's are TB's :) My advice, is just learn to go with him, instead of fighting against him. Nelson is not like this at all when we are at home, working in the arena, out hacking at home or even at HT's - the only time he acts this silly, is when we are on Fox Hunts. It's because he LOOOOOOVES it so much. I let him enjoy himself and I just learnt to laugh.
Everyone who rides with us on Hunts, who are behind us, just laugh and hoot and whistle at us when we are going - because he's a blast to watch. One member, is a PSG Dressage Competator and she could not believe that he is 21 and she couldn't believe the movements he was doing, lol. I told her "Yeah, too bad I can't get this out of him in the arena!" lol.
It is what it is, I say - relax, gear up to stay safe, learn to go with the flow isntead of against it.