Haha Christy, I think I will avoid that!! Actually though, once we start going on the trails, that might end up being what happens since it's so steep out there. But it might be good - Fabs sometimes seems like he needs a clear goal, or to be able to see the point of something, before he'll give it much try. So maybe a steep hill is what he needs!
Great story and tips, Cherri!
And no worries about your guy!! Fabs is ten and it's basically time - past time, for him to be a "grown up". Grand is still a baby/teenager, I think you're taking it at just the right speed for Grand. :)
Noooo, Chevaux! Well, I took one tonight just for you. Hopefully it shows up!!
Tonight a few things happened.
I decided to ride again because I determined that, if I tell myself to ride everyday, I will be unable to make any variety of excuses for why I shouldn't ride. AND the more I ride him means the sooner we'll get on the trails AND the sooner I'll, hopefully, be able to start teaching lessons with him and recoup some of this $$ I've been hemorrhaging.
So I decided to hop on and practicing having him bend the opposite way of the way he did so well with yesterday.
First, let's be real, he hated that.
Then he decided that he was going to start trotting and hopefully avoid the task at hand.
Since this breaking into a trot thing has been a recurring theme in our rides, I decided to take a different tact. Instead of stopping him hard like I've been doing, I pushed him.
And boy. He did nottttt like that. I took him out of the circle and started trotting him towards the gate - away from his 'safety zone', away from the goats... basically it was the worst ever for him.
So he's trotting along, ears pinned flat back like a dork, AND HE THREW IN A BUCK!!
It was, I will give him this, the funniest ever. I definitely would have come off, had I not been in my Aussie saddle...but, thanks to those poleys on that saddle, I stuck it.
He was clearly expecting me to come off so, when I didn't eat dirt and booted him in the gut instead, well, someone was veryyyy surprised.
I had him trot a few more steps, then we trotted back to our "safe" circle and he got to trot circles until he was begging to stop.
Thennn I asked him to trot back up the path, towards the gate, and he, again, disliked it BUT didn't try anything funny. We did that one more time, with a good result, then we went back to our turning practice - which had miraculously become more interesting againnnn.
Ugh. This HORSE.
I will hand it to him for some solid trotting. He has a very steady trot. Even right before he bucked, and while he was totally unhappy, he kept the tempo of his gait. Lacey used to do this silly thing where, the more she didn't want to do something, the slower she'd go. You would literally have to squeeze/kick her each step to get her to even consider honoring your request to trot away from where she wanted to be.
Of course, she would have nevvvvver evvvvver dreamt of bucking..win some, lose some? Haha
So that was kinda so-so. But, at least, instead of wondering if he might
buck, I know he will..but he'll likely back down just as fast.
I had figured he might be a bucker [all that ear pinning...] but I was half-worried he might be a committed bucker: that he'd start bucking and keep going until his rider gives up. I'm glad to know that that looks like a less likely scenario!!
Someone got a new bridle. The throatlatch on his nylon one would ride up and "choke" him so I had been really looking for a bridle where the throatlatch was a genuine part
of the bridle instead of removable.
And I think this bridle makes him look quite dashing.
"I saw it, man. Big Brother definitely tried to buck Food-Girl off."