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        05-20-2011, 01:29 AM
    Relax and play... help..

    I have a 3 yrs old TB colt, that is a prospect for show jumping. We were doing very well the first 4 months and then my trainer said he was 2 spoiled so we started pushing him a little bit more, and then he turned agressive to other horses, and disrispectfull to people, he will bite other horses in the track and rear, and bang his head so you can't put the bit.
    And then everybody said not to take him to trails, or let him loose in the pastures until I could handle him again, and it all... went worse!!! I had a horrible accident with him 9 days ago he went bucking me off into a wall, no horses or other people were arorund thankfully but that was just because I stoped and fix my saddle and he went nuts, I got a back injury so I can't ride until next week, so I send him to a friends farm so he can work him while im out and what does he say?? Well my horse is a real pleasure to ride lol. He has been taking him out to the woods with other horses, mares and stallions and he is doing awsome.
    So him, my trainer and I agreed that he is to young to handle the pressure, so im changing his rutine to make him less bored.
    Im thinking and my trainer 2, that we will work him twice a day 30-45 mins each session instead of a looonggg 60-90 mins session daily. Also we are taking him out to pastures again. And we agreed that now that he is going to have 14 sessions of working a week, 5 of them wont be ridding him, so the other was to relax and play any advice of activities I could do with my boy to help him relax and don't get bored maybe enjoy a little more the company of other horses? Maybe some toys???

    Help please I really love my boy and I wanna rebould my relationship with him, this bad behaovour has been the last month that's all.
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        05-20-2011, 04:11 AM

    But im confused, why would you think that long sessions on a 3 year old colt wouldn't cause troubles?
    It would be like a small child learning about maths for over an hour, of course your going to bore him, and make him loose his focus.

    For the activities you need to think about your horse; maybe try a grooming session one a week, to get the blood reflowing through him, or some massaging. Do some fun things with him such as leading him through poles on the ground, stretching activites, take him to the beach? Just some fun things that take his mind off the bulk load of work he has to do. (:
        05-20-2011, 12:30 PM
    Just go out and hack him. I know when I am doing to much arena work because he gets a bit moody or mopey. I take him out on the trails and let him have a good run, pop him over some logs and let him splash in the river. He's on 24/7 turn out so he gets time to be a horse.

    Imagine being in college with no relief from your work load, no one to play with and no way to let off steam. You could easily fry a 3 year olds mind like that. He obviously needs some more time to mature.
        05-20-2011, 04:33 PM
    I dodnt saddle broke him his ex owner used to ride him for hrs, and if he doesent actually work he becames quiete a mess lol. We actually ahorted his sessions when we got him he used to work 2 hrs+ daily.
    Is a real pain ill start leaving him in the pastures and getting his freedom back, I found a friend who will go with me to the woods, I don't like to take him alone cos there are free horses and an accident could happen, and noone will find us lol.
    But I think letting him be an actual colt would actually help him... well get into the attitude less work more fun lol.
    Thank you guys for your advices I can't wait until tuesday that I get to ride him for the first time since the accident I agree im a bit nervous but my friend and I will go to a trail ride.
        05-20-2011, 04:43 PM
    Originally Posted by arashowjumper    
    so him, my trainer and I agreed that he is to young to handle the pressure, so im changing his rutine to make him less bored.
    Im thinking and my trainer 2, that we will work him twice a day 30-45 mins each session instead of a looonggg 60-90 mins session daily.
    I still only do about 20-30min a day for my 3yo. They really can't handle much more than that at one time. 60-90 was Definitely too much IMO at least. I would spend some time exploring the work with him. It sounds like you haven't given him much time to just be a horse. Take him for a walk out back, on a lead line no saddle, and let him enjoy just being near you. I know that, that along with regular slow grooming times, has made a HUGE difference in our relationship.

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