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    11-13-2011, 06:13 PM
What would you classify this movement as?

Mitch is high on spring grass, needless to say I've cut back his grass and started feeding out hay and magnesium... But I'm not sure what to classify this as? It's not really a buck, not a rear, not even a crow hop I don't think? It just sort of happened..

And please excuse the comment made by the person behind the video camera

I was trying to get him to canter and this happened, so when I lost my stirrups I wanted to stop... Just before we got the camera out he was doing some pretty decent crow hops. I've never had this happen to me before so excuse my riding if you think it's horrible
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    11-13-2011, 06:20 PM
It looked like a whole mix of things, it's hard to say really, maybe a rear and a buck in there?
    11-13-2011, 06:22 PM
It looks like the beginnings of a rear to me, with a little attempt at a buck at the end. Next time, push him forward, make him give you a nice canter, and then stop. Of course, this is not always easy on a misbehaving horse without stirrups.
    11-13-2011, 06:27 PM
After this I got off him and lunged ... and lunged... and lunged a bit more.

I would have pushed him forwards but I had an English exam the next day and decided I probably shouldn't fall off, so I just lunged most of the energy out of him, then got back on and got what I wanted. The last time I rode in this paddock he threw me off, in february, so I was quite determined not to have a replay of events
    11-14-2011, 04:05 AM
I think it's a rear. While lunging can be great to get the excess energy out of a horse, if this is an ongoing issue - be careful about lunging as it increases fitness and you could find yourself lunging for longer and longer to get the same results.
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    11-14-2011, 04:50 AM
My pony did that when I was a kid, she was a brat, not sure what to call it.
    11-14-2011, 12:24 PM
My gerlding used to do that when I changed saddles. From western to english. Once I switched back he never did again... so if he continues to do it I would check for pain. Might not be saddle related like mine was but could just be sore or something. :)

But I called it his "chicken dance" lol he was to scared to rear but then chickened out of bucking so just kinda hoped around like a chicken.. :)
    11-14-2011, 05:22 PM
Originally Posted by AlexS    
I think it's a rear. While lunging can be great to get the excess energy out of a horse, if this is an ongoing issue - be careful about lunging as it increases fitness and you could find yourself lunging for longer and longer to get the same results.
That's a good point about the lunging, if it turns out to be an ongoing issue I'm going to have it addressed by a trainer or someone. I've also decided to not ride him until my last exam has finished which is on the 23rd November

-He is not in pain, he's been checked just recently and we are on dairy pasture and it's spring time so that's where this behaviour is coming from as well as being young and not in full work since it's exam time for me. Since the episode he's been on equilibrium B1 cool mix in a slightly higher dose and it seems to have done the trick for now.
    11-15-2011, 08:47 PM
Isn't it called pig rooting? Slamming down on the front feet with the head down. Most riders go flying with that. Lol Looks like he was having a good time at least.
    11-15-2011, 08:54 PM
I call it crow hopping, trying to buck buck and then finally a rear. Caused by you driving him forward with seat and legs, but you got a hold of his face and didn't let go when he started crow hopping and kept trying to drive him forward, so he kind of half reared. I'd work him down some first then try the canter and if he starts that bucking and crow hopping nail him with a crop and spurs and send him forward at a full gallop if need be. You've got a good enough seat to stick it.
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