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post #1 of 9 Old 11-27-2010, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Training the beast ;)

So ive decided it would be so much easier to post my progress with Charlie all in one thread instead of making 765432789304 different threads lol.

When i first started riding Charlie, he bucked like crazy. literally every time i rode him he would almost get me off, occasionally he did. ive ruled out all kinds of pain from teeth to tack and noticed he only done it when i rode alone and he would behave when there was another horse there. hes very attached to a friends horse Mongo and is used to being turned out, ridden & everything with that horse and its only since ive been riding him that he's had to go it alone. so i figured he has some seperation issues lol.

First ride:
he was extremely spooky, kept bolting and bucking every 5 minutes and was really strong & hard to control to the point i ended up getting so wound up i got off and took him back to the barn after putting up a fight for a good 45 minutes.

Second ride:
he was alot calmer but still continued to buck throughout the ride. i made him work through it though and he started to behave towards the end of the ride so i ended it on a good note.

Third ride:
took him out on a hack alone. he was extremely well behaved until we passed two other riders going the other way. after that he decided he was going to jog sideways down the roads doing mini rears and bucks constantly for about an hour until we got back to the yard.

Fourth ride:
took him out on a hack again. success, he was completely calm the whole time. no strongness, jogging, bucks or rears. he was a complete angel and i was really pleased! :)

Fith ride:
back to the school again, with two other friends on their horses. he seemed pretty good at first...that was until i put him into canter and he threw in a couple of bucks. then he went back to being calm and i was able to walk, trot and canter him without almost being thrown off. then he randomly decided he was going to bolt with me whilst trotting and again went back to being calm..strange.

Sixth ride:
his owner had told me he does jump, but he broncos after he lands. i had attempted to jump him a few weeks before, and failed miserably. but i was going to try again. i lunged him over the jumps first to see how he reacted..no bucking, bolting, nothing. jumped like a pro. i got on him and took him over a few jumps (admittedly i was shaking when i took him over the first jump haha) but he was a complete angel and didnt buck once. even when i landed on his neck because he cat leaps the jumps lol.

i think we've made some good progress so far, but he still needs ALOT of work. i'll keep you updated though! :)

also, charlie needs a colour. for headcollers and such.
heres a picture, what colour do you think would suit him? :)
im not a fan of his yucky green headcoller he has at the moment.

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-29-2010, 11:59 PM
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I think a nice blue would look nice on him.

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-29-2010, 11:59 PM
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like so:

http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Nylon-Adjustable-Halter-500-800/dp/B0046ZRK0I
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-30-2010, 10:32 AM
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First of all, I dont want to come off negative, but you really should put away the jumps until you can get good consistent flatwork out of him...

I also agree that blue looks really good on chestnuts.
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-30-2010, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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oooh thanks horseluver, i like that colour (:

& i can see your point Dubya, but he seems to behave alot better when i jump him for some reason..hes never bucked with me in the jumping paddock, its just in the other paddock always in the same corner that he bucks. its odd.
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-30-2010, 10:53 AM
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Just remember, just because a horse doesnt buck doesnt mean that he is listening to you. It also doesnt mean that just because he doesnt do it once, that he wont turn around and do it the very next time. It sounds to me like his bucking may not necessarily be tied to separation anxiety...it may just be him trying to tell you that he doesnt understand what you want from him. Horses get frustrated just like us and it sounds like you may be pushing him to do things too quickly (or asking for things incorrectly). Just my $.02

You need to create a bond with your horse and get him listening to you, everytime you ask something of him.

Only when you have the basics mastered should you move onto something more complicated. I know it may get monotonous, but practice makes perfect!

It will only make you a better rider, and him a better mount. Rushing him into something when he is obviously not ready for it is just going to make his issues worse and take longer for him to learn correctly.
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-30-2010, 11:39 AM
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A nice teal, or lime green would compliment his coat. I don't know what colors you're fond of but you could also do any red, or there's always black if you want basics! :)
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-30-2010, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah i guess you're right Dubya, thank you. :)

& apparently pink looks good on him, because he has a hot pink stable rug lmao.
i dont think charlie would like me very much if i put him all in pink though :')
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-30-2010, 08:57 PM
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Royal blue would look great on him. Good job on taking things in steps with him. Slow progress is long lasting.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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