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    03-20-2012, 05:26 PM
Green Broke
My (leased) horse bucked me off twice last fall, and it gave me confidence issues that I'm still working through. I never really felt safe on him again outside of sessions with my trainer. Had he actually been mine I would have tried getting more frequent lessons with him to work through it, but it didn't seem worth it since his lease was ending.

On a conscious level, I feel much better on other horses. Since the lease ended, I've been riding a lot of different horses (while also shopping for my own) and I don't get that same feeling of fear/paranoia ("Oh no, he's putting his head down, he's going to buck!") However, on a subconscious level, I still catch myself kind of curling in on myself and reaching for the bucking strap when asking a horse up to the canter...
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    03-20-2012, 06:42 PM
My OTTB gets seasonably loopy. He just has a few weeks each spring where he's just plain nuts. Not sure if that's what happened in your case. One thing about TB's is, they do get easily frustrated if they do not understand what you want. Some of them shut down, curl into a ball and buck in an attempt to stop going forward and figure out what you want. Others explode and bolt. Yours may failed at option 1 and went for option 2.

Either way, if you ever feel you horse starting to get frustrated, just back off a bit. Momentarily go back to something that is easier for him. I'm not saying let him off the hook, just take a break and let him settle down before moving on. Unlike QH's where sometimes you have to shout to get your point across, TB are far more sensitive and are more than willing to respond to quiet aids assuming they understand what you want. Don't let it shake you up too much. We all have those moments. We are riding live creatures with minds of their own. Solving these puzzles as they come up will only make you a better rider.
    03-20-2012, 06:50 PM
I had my OTTB take off at a dead run after I jumped her. I lost my balance and decided to do a dismount. Well it all went well till my feet hit the ground. Yeah, you guessed it.... was going too fast and the momentum took my feet right out from under me and I hit my head hard. I lost my memory for a few hours (still don't remember the incident) and it took awhile to regain my confidence with this horse.
I tried two different trainers. The second one was able to get me and my horse together again where I feel comfortable riding her outside of a round pen or arena. I love my horse and she is doing great. My trainer had her for a month and also worked with me. It made all the difference in the world!!!
    03-21-2012, 05:41 AM
All really good advice! I have an OTTB too, and he can get frustrated or fresh from time to time. Every once in a while he wants to go and I have to work a little harder to keep him occupied and working. The one rein stop is a tool that you absolutely need to have ready. I have used it a couple times to keep Sonny from spooking, and it really works! Sometimes when Sonny is acting a bit fresh I'll work him on sidepasses, occassional spins, and little things to get his mind back with me, and it usually works. Hang in there, and ride on!!!
    03-21-2012, 06:05 AM
Green Broke
It takes time to get your confidence back after a fall!

Due to my own fault, my mare bucked me off in December.. first week. Only recently have I been confident to get on her when no one is around.

I'm glad you're talking this through with your trainer, and hopefully you can both sort this to get him working well for you :)

Best of luck!

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