I had him all ready to go and was going to lunge him cause he hadn't been worked in two days, it's was very stormy out and his first time getting worked with no winter hair....so I thought it's be smarter to be safer then just getting on....turns outbid was so totally right. I did t even have to to out him on a circle and was still leading him in the arena when all of a sudden he went bronc on me, straight up and then started spinning! I have had him almost four months now, he came to me with the reputation of being a "skitzo" horse just throwing anyone who got him....in the almost four months I have had him he never has acted up, he went from pretty forward and spooky and up tight to acting like a school horse. Well yesterday he went back to feeling pretty frisky, it was pretty scary though, when he first went up I had tossed the rest of the line out at him to get him away from me cause I was about 5 feet away from the wall and was not about to have him come any closer to me with no where to go!! These weren't little rears either full on straight up and coming back down and crow hoping to a spin to go up again. I eventually had to let go cause I didn't want to hurt and would rather try to catch him then be getting hurt (have had a lot of damage done to my body over the years) anyways he wound up getting the line caught in his legs and at one point when he went up he had stepped on the line and I think caught his mouth pretty darn hard causing it to bleed a bit. I got him calmed down, he had managed to flip the reins of hist head even with them twisted up and through the throat latch and luckily somehow (cause the throat latch was on the first hole and not through a keeper) came undone and that's how his reins flipped over and he didnt break them some how! I took the reins off and just stood there talking to him, he looked so ashamed, but I knew I could t get really mad at him cause I had no clue to what it was he really reacted to and with him being so young and green. I know he wasn't trying to hurt me, I could tell he was for sure reacting to something though, he has never ever done anything like that with me. I was skiing pretty good and had to really calm myself down before putting him back out on the lung. When I did he was still pretty hot, bucking and breaking into canter, I just kept telling him he was okay and get it out of his system, taking to him really helped him calm down and I was able to put my side reins on and had him work pretty well! He was bowing and chewing and his whole top line instantly relaxed and he was using his back and nada beautiful lofty trot going on. What ever bit was he had to do he did and I got on after lunging and had the MOST relaxed ride on him I have ever had, he was so on the aids and respectful, I ended my ride with trotting and canter on a long rein out to the buckle and he was so soft under me. It was an amazing feeling, I would just close my legs a little and sit up and sit a bit deeper and he would go right down to a huge lofty but relaxed trot! Then I would ask for canter and he smoothly just float right into it!
I had the best rude on him! I know I didn't jump or do anything fancy or really work on anything but the fact he was so relaxed like that is pretty much the biggest break through I have had with him yet!!
Jonah the 3 year old got on and nada blast, Ollie took great care if him while I led him around, he stepped so slow and careful! Then Jo aha mom got on and he did the same and my boyfriends mom too!!
Had to share what a great day we had! Started off kind of wild but ended up being fantastic! I love my horse!!
Do you think I did the right thing when he first went up and started to rear and freak out? I fell bad he got all tangled and hurt his mouth but I was trying to keep myself from getting hurt.