I was at a trail clinic yesterday. They had a road block thing to jump over. It's very small maybe a foot off the ground. Zahir has a very hard time goin over things unfamiliar. This is our problem on the trail. I need him to be able to jump logs, etc on the trail. He always hesitates or needs another horse to do it first. This needs to stop. So we trot up to this road block thing in the arena. Of course he stops and hesitates. I keep pushing him. Finally he jumps it! Yay! He kind of cantered after but I circled him and stopped him with ease. The second time he didn't hesitate. He jumped. Yay. But he took off and bucked half way across the arena. I stayed on lol. In an English saddle. Everyone said his ears weren't pinned and his head wasn't very low. He looked like he was having fun? I got him to stop pretty easy. The clinician said if he keeps doing it to have him checked for soreness. But I don't think he is sore. We jump one small log at home and he has never bolted or anything and we are in an open field. He is anemic (bout to do a power pack) and has been on red cell. Could he just be feeling good? Could that be his way of playing and celebrating himself? He is quite the show off and prissy. But a good boy. He has never bucked before. Any ideas? And if he does it again would it be best to bend his head slightly and disengage his hindquarters or make him keep running so he sees that bolting isn't fun because he has to work ten times around the arena If he bolts? I'm afraid that would sour him though.
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