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    11-14-2012, 02:46 AM
TB colt, would like suggestions on working out his bugs.

Howdy. New here. But I've seen a lot of good info on here. I don't get on the interweb a lot but see this forum often. So I joined. Welp on to my story, we have three awesome! Horses. Then there's my colt. He's a 4 y/o TB. Black/ grey lol. He's insanely willing to learn. Usually one or two exercises and he rembers. That's an honest statement. He kicked at me once when he was 2. Hasn't thought bout it since. He flexes, rides in snaffle or halter, collects, is flat fast! He is so personable it's crazy. First to meet anyone. Wants to ride. Hell be all pouty if we don't ride. He actually has grabbed his halter and brought it to me in pasture while I was pre occupied. But........ Y'all didn't see that coming did ya? Haha!!!!!!!$!! We can work all day in saddle. I'll ride him while I what h our daughter work her horses. Ride him on the Patterns. Use him to guide horses through circles or gates. Have seen my daughter jump on him barebakenand loose lead and halter and ride him. He stands like a statue for tacking and
Mountin. He will be aggressive towards dogs on roads. I do allow him that. And he's put a tune on a few pooches. He's a ninja! Got my heeler once. Dumb dog. Onto my issue, he's a big sissy on the trail! He's head gelding in our herd. Will lead or follow. Prefers to lead. But every now and again we pass the horse eating burnt car (or whatever that day) and crow hops later he's scared to death. Rest of the ride is usually jumpy. On his part. I have never been tossed of him or let him go home after a spook. I just drive through it. But once he's cranked up it's just a pain. He never gets tired! I don't beat him. I work him on hills and he putts QH's to super shame. How do I get him over being a big sissy? Hope I didn't draw out that to much.
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    11-14-2012, 03:08 AM
How often does he go out? Sometimes it just takes experience. Also, is this a legitimate spook, or just attitude?

My mare had major ATTITUDE. Crowhopped, jumped, spun around, reared, etc. Finally I had enough and just got after her and made her go and run everytime she acted up, and when she didn't she got a loose rein. She learned quickly that her attitude meant more work. Now she's a perfect trail horse.

However, if this is just a spooking thing, I think more experience is best. Maybe pony him behind one of the more experienced horses or ride him pretty hard in the arena and then take him out relaxed on the trail so he'll assume that place means relax instead of work.
    11-14-2012, 03:18 AM
Keep his mind busy on the trail, don't just ride straight along....zig/zag, do circles, do serpintines.....go around trees and then ride off in the direction you are headed....if he's so busy watching where he's having to go he won't have time to spook at much......
    11-14-2012, 03:28 AM
We ride the trails about three times a week. I do think it's a real spook. Sometimes hell actually not notice things at first then geek out. He's not nuts. But has plenty of energy. Then when he spazes honestly shakes. My daughter liked it to riding a off balance mower. It's shaking and may blow
    11-14-2012, 03:35 AM
Thank you. I do make him work around trees. And I keep him engaged. We will walk away from the rest of the group. All fine. Just now and again, he freaks
Out. I honestly believe he just needs miles.
    11-14-2012, 03:43 AM
I can't say I have much good advice...

But I wouldn't let him be aggressive towards any other animal unless he was in legitimate immediate danger. If the dogs were bounding around snapping at him, yeah they may deserve a little kick in the pants. But if the dog was minding its own business? To be brutally honest, if I met you out on the road walking my dog and your horse kicked it I'd have a good few words for you and God-willing whatever legal action I could possibly take.
    11-14-2012, 03:55 AM
I guess being a new fella. I need to explain. I don't let my horse be agressive towards anyone or anything, unless it's being threatened. If a, let's say, black lab charges our group, and my horse engages it, I will let him
Do what he does. I need to control my horse same as
A dog owner does his dog.
    11-14-2012, 10:42 AM
Too many stupid people own dogs and don't do a lick of training cause of course the dog will automatically know what he's supposed to do /sarcasm. That's good on you. Though for me I'd probably be more inclined to grab a gun for a warning shot (provided the dog wasn't too near my horse).
    11-14-2012, 04:40 PM
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When he spooks I would correct by giving him a hard boot with the leg he shied into.
Not getting annoyed or angry but letting him know it is unacceptable behaviour. I would then just make him go up to the horse eating burnt out car by walking him around and around it closer and closer until he was standing alongside it or touching it with his nose.
None of this would be done aggressively, it would be done with insistence and a calmness. It might take quite some time the first time but I would do it every time he spooked - he will soon learn that spooking is just a waste of time!
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    11-14-2012, 08:30 PM
He's a 4 year old TB - and a colt. Of course he's going to be a little leery, he's a young horse!
More miles, wet saddle blankents, and a good balanced rider who will not grab, pull or kick, and simply ride on.

I've got one who spooks and bolt out of genuine fear rather than naughtiness. He shakes like a leaf, sweat until he's white, and his heart thumps between my legs at a million miles an hour. With him, if he's scared and wanting to look at something, I need to grow some *jewells*, give my reins, put my leg on, and ride him forward. He tends to get over it if I don't make a fuss of it. I have also taught him a one rein stop, the times where his mind just goes, 9 times out of 10 I can bring him to a stop, pin his nose on my leg until he stops panicking, then we can go on our merry way like nothing happened.

The tension after a spook is very often a rider issue. Yes sometimes its the horse, sometimes its a combination of both partners feeding off each others tension. As a ride its our job to lead, and sometimes, when they spook, we become unnerved even if we don't think that we are. When this happens, we start to grip, exaggerate our movements, or not move at all. The horse is going to pick up on these changes straight away - and assume that it is right to be scared, if the leader is scared too.
Try taking a few deep breaths when the horse has spooked, close your eyes for a moment and go floppy. Then ride on. Forget that the spook ever happened.

Good luck with your colt, hopefully he loses the spook. Mines an 11 year old dumb-blood that I've only had for 8 months, and he's still got a massive spook in him.

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