Haven't posted in a while becuase things have been going well. I admit it, I"m a "foul weather" poster. Backstory, I share a 13 year old aqha gelding with my 15 year old daughter. We board at a mostly show barn with a good trainer who lives right there and knows pretty much everything about all the horses in her care. We show hunters (sorry my cap key is broken).
My horse is generally bombproof. He was in a costume class with sticks for wings last august and didn't even blink. He'll do the odd spook, but generally if you tell him to stop it's no big deal, he will stop. He is also forgiving. If you jump and end up on his neck, he will be pretty tolerant and wont get all worked up or dump you.
He is very smart, and he does seem to get "mad" if you as the rider fail and cause a problem for him (you sit down too soon and so he bumps the jump. He'll grunt or maybe throw in a little buck).
He has always been willing to throw in a little buck. When we first got him he would buck at canter becuase he has a soft mouth, and my hands weren't soft enough. And when he does spook, it's often with a little buck.
Well, the bucking is getting worse. Two weeks ago he bucked my daughter off in a show. She didn't get hurt, but she did hit her head (yes, helmets always). Then this past weds he bucked with me on him, and it was a twisty buck, and I went right into the four board fence. Broke my thumb and really nasty bruise on my thigh. Could have been a lot worse.
Trainer says what we ask needs to be reasonable and it was a big class and it was feeding time and he was excited. And to be fair it was definitely partly my fault becuase I asked him to canter right behind another horse and tha thorse bucked, and then mine did. Trainer says I have to be a little smarter with him knowing he can get that way and make sure all looks good before cantering.
I get that. But on the other hand, I don't really expect to be likely to be bucked off at every show. I can generally sit his little bucks, but this was a twisty one, and I really had no chance.
I want to ask about a feed change as they recently went from sweet to some kind of pellet. He may be reacting to that. I also need to have vet look at his front feet, becuase it seems this last set of more frequent bucking has been happening after I noticed some thrush. The thrush seems to be gone, but maybe??
The trainer has checked saddle fit and sees no problems.
So I am trying to figure out what are the chances of this having a happy ending. I am kind of ready to sell, but my daughter would be broken hearted (yes, yes, of course I'd rather have a broken hearted girl than a physcially broken girl). If this can be worked out, then of course i'd rather keep him.
The trainer is going to school him while I happen to be away this week. But if he's just being a bad ass, then of course he will only act his way with me and my kid, not her. My kid is not as atheletic as some of the girls and he can get her off pretty easily. Usually I can stay on better than she can, but not this last time.
I'm not scared of getting back on as of right now and I love my horse. It may be a matter of just doing less with him and more warm ups and all theother things my trainer said. But it may also be that he has our number and it won't get better. Can I tell at this point which is the more likely scenario?