So I've 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. I've 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. He's very attached to a friends horse Mongo and is used to being turned out, ridden & everything with that horse and its only since I've been riding him that he's had to go it alone. So I figured he has some seperation issues lol.
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.
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.
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.
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! :)
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.
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.