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        04-22-2010, 05:57 AM
    Angry Some Advice..

    I have a 6 year old gelding who was professionally trained very well in my opinion, I have leisure rode throughout my life and would not consider myself a seasoned horseback rider, but I know how to ride for the most part. The problem i'm having is everytime I go to ride him he starts off ok then he just gets stubborn, he starts dancing around, crow hoppin, and just being a pain then he'll walk on for a bit then do same thing like over again, if we are out in the arena I will trot him around to warm him up and any second he gets he will try to run up and I have to slow him, and every now and then he gets some speed up and I whoa him down with rein pressure he will start bucking. He's done this for over a year now, and it does not matter what we are doin. We could be just going for a ride, climbing a mtn, chasing cows, or getting ready to team rope, he gets better after he's really warmed up, or tired not sure which, but thinking warmed up. I am at wit's end with him cause it makes me nervous when he does it cause I do NOT want to hit the floor. And I don't really want to get ride of him I have hours of box training learning to chase steers down to just see him off. Can I go back to groundwork with him and ME doing the "training" so to develop a bond or is just my lack of confidence that drives him to do it? Any suggestions or advice will appreciated.. Thanks.
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        04-22-2010, 06:35 AM
    You said the horse was professionally trained, but didn't mention whether you ever had riding lessons on that horse.

    Is there a way you could get a couple of riding lessons with an instructor who could see what's happening and talk you through it so that you have a better idea of how to handle the behavior when it happens, and how to correct it?
        04-22-2010, 07:16 AM
    Sadly everything your describing is because of your riding, if you're willing to work on it then it's all fixable. I agree with the above post. Why don't you see if the trainer can come over and give you a lesson?
        04-22-2010, 10:24 AM
    Most horse problems are caused by the people who handle them. You may think you know how to ride for the most part, but you really don't. There is so much more to riding than being lucky enough to stay atop the horse. Get some help from a professional who can change your bad riding habits into good riding habits and then you will see improvement in the horse.
        04-22-2010, 11:06 AM
    :) Hi Patch1, Welcome!

    I think the above posts have the right ideas - you need someone to come in and watch you and the horse together. There are sooooooo many possible reasons why he could be doing this behaviour - pain, sourness, something you're doing - and it will take a professional eye watching you together to help sort you out. Since it has been on-going for a year, I don't believe there is anything that you will be able to do alone without the insight of someone who has dealt with this behaviour time and time again.

    I hope that helps. :) Keep us updated on how things go!
        04-22-2010, 01:35 PM
    Sometimes you have to fall to overcome your fears. It sounds weird but I honestly think in the first lesson with a trainer or coach, you should learn to fall off properly. When you fall, you might get hurt, but you might not also. You can get hurt at any time of the day, going down the steps in the morning, you could fall; getting in your car, you could fall. Everyday activities can make you get hurt. So don't think about falling when your riding because you could have fallen already, but didn't. Build your confidence and STOP thinking about falling off because if you think about it too much, it will happen. Relax and breathe, take a few deep, slow breaths
        04-22-2010, 01:39 PM
    I agree with the above poster. Once you know how to fall and you've experienced it, things aren't so scary. I've fallen off twice, been kicked once stepped on quite a few times, but I'm still nervous about getting bitten!
        04-22-2010, 06:18 PM
    I surely figured that it was my for the most part, I thank you guys for the replies and I am going to find someone who really knows come and watch

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