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post #1 of 11 Old 02-08-2009, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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riding Major again...an ugly situation

I rode Major again today. It did not end well though. I rode him around a little...my intentions where not to ride him a lot but to keep reaffirming that nothing bad is gonna happen under the saddle. he rode pretty good...a little jumpy but otherwise not a bad ride. When I got finished riding and started to dismount...every time I took my foot out of the stirrup he started acting a little jumpy (this is while im still sitting on his back). I kept trying, but I soon realized I wasnt gonna just stand and let me off. I rode him to where my brother-in-law stood and asked him to hold him while I got off. I took both feet out of the stirrups while still in the saddle (because I wasnt sure if he was gonna stand or not) and swung my leg over and sorta jumped off...huge mistake!!! that action scared Major and he started pulling back and my brother-in-law let go of him. he then took of running....his legs got caught up in the reins....he kept running. I was so scared he was gonna fall and break his leg or something with those reins around them. He ran back to his pasture but could not get in of course. so he kept running around the fence. he then tried to run past a dog and when he did the dog came out at him and then he tried to stomp the dog. anyway...we finally caught up to him....he's ok physically, but he wouldnt let anyone near the side where you mount. he does have a little cut on his chest where he ran through briars and everything else. I feel that this was a huge set back though. When I went back in the pasture later....he looked as if he would bolt if I got close to him so I just left him alone. I felt that he had been through enough stress for one day. Anyway, sorry for the long thread, but I really need help!!!! What should I do now?
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-09-2009, 07:37 AM
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I'm not sure what you should do but I don't think it's your fault in any way. It could have happened no matter how you dismounted.

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I don't know the history of you and Major, what all have you done with him so far?

How old is he?

How much experience have you got with owning horses?

Sounds to me like Major needs a lot of groundwork.

He needs a lot of desensitizing.

First thing I would start doing would be sacking him out. Not sure if you know what that is, again, sorry, I am not familiar with what all you have done or know.

Then I would start the process of mounting all over again.

Take baby steps.

First just start out by hopping at his side. When he shows signs of being comfortable with that, put a foot in the stirrup and only mount half way. Repeat till comfortable.

Always get off right away after you go only half way up. Put Major away, lesson is done for the day.

Gradually work up to finally swinging a leg over. Sit down get off. Repeat.

Always until he shows those signs of relaxing.

When he is finally really comfortable with that, start rubbing him all over while just sitting in the saddle.

Never mount and take off, ever.

As far as dismounting, the above should have taken care of any issues, but, you can do the same thing in reverse.

This will not be cured overnight. It will take you awhile to work up to each stage.

I can't emphasize enough, more groundwork.
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post #4 of 11 Old 02-09-2009, 08:52 AM
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Well put by Horsegma. I agree 100%.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

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tyvm for your response. Major is around 10 years old. I have got him to the point that if you throw a rope over his back he will stand and will also walk over a tarp. I was taking him on light rides a couple times a week trying to teach him that nothing bad happens when someone is riding him (we had an accident before). thats about it. im a very inexperienced horse person, Major is my first. I know I need to work on my own ability to get up and down on a horse quickly and effeciently. I think I answered all your questions...If ya need to know anything else...let me know.
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I would print out what Horsegma said and pin it to the fridge for reference and use it as a lesson plan. You can check off the steps as you master them. It will not only make you a better horseman but help major with his issues too.

Good Luck and don't kick yourself for what happened, those flukes just happen, not you or major meant any harm.

You can do this, just give yourself time.

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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ty all very much for helping me solve this problem and for your words of encouragement! its a good idea to print this thread to keep myself on track too. my sister pointed out to me too, that im always gentle and quiet around Major...and since im the only one that handles him...he's getting used to that and its making loud noises and loud people scary to him too. im gonna try and quit doing that too...I didnt even realize that I was doing it.
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Your sister is correct.

It's all part of desensitizing.

When desensitizing you want to make sure you quit whatever it is you are trying to desensitize the horse to only when he relaxes.

That's when the horse understands that you stop when he relaxes, if you quit when he is all upset, you teach/reinforce that's what it takes to get you to stop.

When you were trying to dismount you were actually teaching him to act that way since you stopped trying to get off when he was getting nervous.

Also, I wanted to mention to you that when you are attempting to mount, pull his head towards you a little bit. Doesn't has to be towards you much.

That's great that you can throw a rope over his back and have him going over a tarp.

I would expand that to being able to throw a rope all over his body: chest, front and back legs girth line, butt, neck. If he moves keep moving with him while still throwing the rope gently around the body part you were working on. Being careful to stay out of the kick zone.

It's extremely helpful to be able to work with your horse as much as you can. But, if you can't you can't, but be prepared for the situation to take longer to get a handle on.

Is there anyway you could get a trainer to come to you once a week for awhile till you feel more confident?

Good luck and I'm glad Major was ok after his little run!
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I agree with everything posted above. It may also be helpful since you are an inexperienced rider to get some lessons on a lesson horse. I think this will help you alot when working with Major.

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ty all for the very good advice you have given me. the good thing is that its all things I think I can do myself. I have the time to work with Major..I just didnt know what it was that I needed to be doing with him. Now that I do, I have high hopes that things are gonna get better.
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