As some of you know I am training Pumpkin and doing alot of work re-training my horse Chinga. I posted these three posts on another fourm so I'll post them here as well:
Well I'm training a pony Pumpkin and training my horse Chinga to jump here is a bit about both horses and there progress so far. I will keep you updated if you like. I will most likely ask alot of questions about training horses
Pumpkin is a naughty pony who loves to buck and bolt on riders. He can jump amazingly without a rider, and was jumping with a rider 10 years ago. Then Pumpkin was in a paddock with out any other horses and no exersize for around ten years. Pumpkin began to get very bad habbits like attacking people who had his food when they got to the gate and kicking and biting. He would also never lunge just bolt.
Pumpkin is now getting better with his food and does not "attack" anymore just pushs people around but he is learning. I rode Pumpkin once and he threw me. So I worked with Pumpkin and rode him yesterday. He bolted three times on me but I didn't give up. Pumpkin has potental just needs someone who knows what they are doing. I also had Pumpkin lunging perfectly at a walk,trot and canter. I would love to compete Pumpkin in Show Jumping one day as he has an amazing form over jumps.
Chinga is my OTTB who is 8 years old and 15.2 hands. Chinga was perfect when I got him but then when I got him home he began to mis-behave. Backing into trees and doing tiny circles. But I didn't give up on him I worked with him. And soon I had him working perfectly doing everything I asked again.
But then things turned bad again, he saw a snake and threw me straight over his neck. I was too sore to get back on, and if I could have I would have. Then it rained for three weeks so Chinga wasn't ridden. He got to much energy then and became very naugthy.
When I got on him for the first time after his three weeks off he would buck and buck and buck. But I pulled him up and circle him every time he bucked. He wouldn't even let me on him without bucking. But three days later. Today. He is back to being a good boy. I am also training Chinga to jump at the moment, he can free jump the hight of two milk creates stacked on top of each other but the highest I have jumped him is one milk create on each side as a cross. Chinga is a lovely horse most the time and willing to learn.
I am hoping to compete Chinga in Cross Country one day. I would also like to compete him in most of the Western events.
With Chinga's bucking what I did was every time he bucked I would spin him in a very small circle so he would know I was in control, then when I got to the same spot in our circle that he bucked I would ask him to ride out of it.
The circle should be so small that his nose is resting gentley on your knee, don't expect this to work the first time with Chinga it took about two goes for him to get the message but I have done it about 20 with Pumpkin and he is only just starting to get the message.
Do not let the horse stop circling when they want to. Make sure it is when you want to. Also if the horse stops circling half way through the turn hold their head so it is touching your knee. The horse will get sick of this posistion and circle. Make sure you circle both ways so the horse does not become used to the circling in the one direction. If you do not feel confordent riding a horse that bucks ask a more experianced rider to do it for you.
If a horse bucks when you mount make the horse do a small circle around you. A good idea is to do this in an areana or a place with little grass, other wise you will rip up your grass.
If a horse is known to buck lunge the horse before your ride, because the horse may have some extra energy they need to get out of them before they ride.
I just found out I can ride the two horses tommorow, I'm going to work on some low jumps with Chinga and maybe ride Pumpkin again or do some walking around with him. Hopefully Pumpkin won't bolt back to the gate again.
When I let Pumpkin off the halter into Chinga's paddock once Chinga was out into the other paddock, he galloped laps of the paddock. Jumping a fallen tree branch going nuts. This hopefully got some of the energy out of him.
I fed Pumpkin tonight in the new paddock and he was rotten, looks like his food training starts again. Pumpkin untill 4 weeks ago when I met him was always fed at the gate and would not let anyone past with food. But soon Pumpkin found out that he had a new routien that he was fed under the trees in a certain spot every time. So everytime he was fed in his old paddock he would go to that spot. But now he is in the other paddock he is unsure of where to go to be fed.
Sorry for the book:)