Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
spin her around. Working with ottb's, I find getting them turning well, flexible, and accustomed to a one rein stop works wonders. They try to bolt, they get spun around. If her bucking/bolting is fear based, which it was, initially, but a horse that's allowed to repeat fear based reactions can sometimes make the connection, using the action as a demonstration of disrespect.( for example, I had a mare that was spooked and bucked, catching me unawares and throwing me. The next time she was in a bad mood she bucked me off, and so on.) If it is still a fear based reaction, Clinton Anderson did an interesting video with a fear bucker. He had the owner thoroughly sack out the horse, flopping all over, sliding off, etc, to the point where the horse was bored, and just stood relaxed the whole time. After the fear was taken out of having a rider moving around on it back, most of the problems were resolved.
I would get her very accustomed to having her stand there while you jump on and off, flop around, slide off, etc.
Then I would work on bending, flexing and a one rein stop. I like cheries idea of doing all this in a small pen.