what's his problem?
so since i'm out of a horse to ride, one of the neighboring farms asked if I ride his new mustang. I don't know much about the mustang except that he said he was 6-8 years old, and from Iowa. But I looked up his tattoo and apparently he's from Oregon and his Birthdate was in 1999.
Anyway to his problem. The owner got him out and tied him to a trailer (which he is Terrified of by the way) while trying to tie him the horse reared up and sat down and it ended up cutting the mans finger off, so he went to the hospital and left the horse tied for me to work with and ride when I get there. I saddled him perfectly fine, he didn't want to take the bit but with persistance he finally took it. I didn't know how he would ride and since I was completely by myself I decided to lunge him for a good 30-35 minutes until I felt he was safe enough for me to ride. I hope on and all be danged if he wasn't good as gold, I rode with my mom and her mare Carmen who met us down the road.
The next day, he saddles perfect takes the bit easier and I decide not to lunge since my mom was already there and he did so good the day before, but this time we meet my sister on her mare, and our friend on her gelding. My sisters mare was a bit iffy she tried kicking at him but he handled that well and remained calm.
but my friends gelding.. charged at Shelby (the mustang I was riding) shelby just freaks out and runs backward. No problem, so we just ride with them seperated. But now that rowdy (friends gelding) has done this shelby seems to think rowdy was stealing his mare or something and decided it would be ok to charge rowdy, so rowdy and shelby are fighting and my friend is on her gelding bareback. I pretty much keep shelby pretty under control he rears a few times and spins and tries to kick rowdy while rowdy is trying to bite and kick. This was the first incident of MANY that day before we could get back to his pasture. I don't know why he was like this. But after we finally lost Rowdy and my friend (they went home after shelby kicked her legged. = /) shelby was good as gold, aside from a little head tossing (i assume that was my bit, not sure what he is used to so I was just trying the first one that I had, going to try a snaffle next) he liked to pull the bit into his mouth and toss his head sideways so that both reins would be on one side (darn him! And he knew he was doing it too!)
How do I fix this problem with my friends gelding? I would like to keep working him but I would also like to ride with my friend too.. i'm not sure how to correct this problem. Or if I should even put my friend in such a situation again.
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