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post #1 of 24 Old 05-15-2012, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Urgent help needed with newly broken before tomorows ride?!

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 ive ridden but i was present the whole time. Hes 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 Ive 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 ive 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!!!
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post #2 of 24 Old 05-15-2012, 07:10 PM
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Carry on as usual, and put today behind you. You should always expect inconsistent performance with a green horse....that's what only time and miles can bring.
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post #3 of 24 Old 05-15-2012, 07:12 PM
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No trainer cant afford one unfortunatly.
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post #5 of 24 Old 05-15-2012, 07:16 PM
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He has only 12 hours under saddle so far?

First! With any horse that is new to being under saddle, take it slow and don't rush the process. Spend a lot of time working on the ground. Lunge him on schedule and be consistent in how much of a warm up you give him. Also, spend some time simply stepping up into the stirrup, dismounting, fully mounting, dismounting again. So on so forth until he is calm for being mounted.

Start off riding in smaller areas and practice some basic exercises like making circles both ways, stopping, backing up, etc.

Just be slow and patient, but also be firm in what you ask. If you press him on after an "episode" he will come to learn that it won't upset you or get him out of work. Seems like he just had a little scare, and if you approach him with confidence, he will calm down as well.
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I Guess thats what I thought just get on like never happened. Confidence has took a knock since I can hardly walk :( Sure dont bounce back like ten years ago!!
On a serious note when he has his next episode be it tommorow or in two weeks how should I react? because if he does it agian this will be arespect issue right?
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I would just react calmly and firmly and get him doing something productive. Trot him in some circles and get his mind on something to achieve.

What sort of things will you two be doing with each other when he's not so green?
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Im just getting him going for my neices to ride, most probably showjumping and pony club. Hes home bred from a cherished mare weve had for 18 years.
Hes been sooo perfect until now and we where getting on so well!!
Truth is im a competant rider just that I been out of the saddle for 5 years while having little ones and this is my first fall in ten years and I cant belive how much of a shock it was!! im left doubting my abilities and I was just posting for advice because im a little worried I might create a monster if he keeps getting me off!!
Thank you so much for the friendly and reasuring advice.
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I know exactly how you feel. I had several years off and am just now getting back into training and I had NO idea how long it would take to get my confidence back. Just reassure yourself and push those nervous flutters down with determination.

Probably isn't a healthy thing, but I ride and train beat when I am angry or hurt. Makes me that much more determined to do well.

Don't be afraid to drop me a message if you want a dose of encouragement from another mom! =)
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Just a tip.. in the future NEVER tighten the girth from in the saddle, especially on a green horse. It takes two seconds to get off, tighten, and climb back on. Much safer too.

I have not and will never do so, because that's setting up an accident.

As for your confidence, it is only shaken not gone :) Just be more careful and relax. Breatheeeee while on your horse, especially a green one. Do lots of transitions from walk to trot and nice wide circles to get him thinking a little more and also keep YOU focused.

It's all good, you can get through this!

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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