Firstly I would like to say any advice would be grately recieved.
I am riding a newly broken gelding.He has about 12 hours on him so far about 6 of which I've ridden but I was present the whole time. He's been super until today and weve hacked and schooled. Today though I went to ride later than usual and maybe rushed everything a bit he was a bit more jumpy than usual but was going round the school fine until I decided to tighten up the girth and he turned to sniff my foot (he always does this) but instead of calming back down like usual he spooked and took off in a leaping bucking situation. This was not an aggressive buck just spooked one however having my leg up over saddle at the time he managed to get me off easily and he didnt want me to get back on after I caught him he was acting up like he was scared of me. Trying to run and spinning. I re mounted and rode around the school in walk until he seemed calm.
I was just gaining confidence in this pony and now im nervous that tommorow he will give me a battle because I've heard that because he got me off he will realise to try that again, Is this most likely the case or might he ride as usual?
Should I approach this and carry on as usual tommorow and IF he does go into rodeo how should I dicipline the behaviour? The girl that broke him just said that if he ever acts up just growl at him, If he was fully broken then obviously I would smack him but would that make him worst?
Please help I feel like I was starting to make good progress with this boy and now im not sure if im doing wrong, We want him as a riding pony for my neices eventualy and I've also been told to avoid "teaching him how to buck" but how could I have stopped what happened today!!
Sam, With a very sore butt!!!