Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Monday, 2nd April
Why hello there serious muscle pain. Long time no see.
I knew he would be stupid, but Saturday was the worst he has ever pulled it. I had warned our new instructor before hand about his behavior and at the start he was really good. She said she had seen these types so many times before. Sweet looking, but underneath the attitude is big. According to my boss after, she was surprised at how bad he decided to act.
When we were warming up he 'spooked'. Right after that false emergency, I got a gut feeling the he was going to take misbehaving to a new level.
The start was good, did flat work looking on our position and technique. My thighs are burning. She had me do rising trot stirrup-less to emphasize toes forward, and to use my knees and thighs more than my calves. I did it, but it hurts. He was nice and responsive, listening to my cues and aids.
A few times of trying to buck, nothing major.
Bounce pony came next. That was ok, first time again. Tried ducking out but we got back in and finished on a good note. He was starting to get smart. When I was in a more vulnerable position: he acted up. Righto then Mr. Smarty Pants.
Did some courses, that was ok. A bit of rushing.
At one stage Pumpkin and I had to go back to the float for something. We turned around to walk back but he took of cantering, not listening to me and bucking. We got back to the others, but he went straight past, again carrying on. My boss was saying afterwards it wasn't small bucking, it was 4 feet off the ground style. Far more effort than he usually puts in. I stayed on though, so now dad is under the opinion I should give rodeo a try :P
As a result, next week our instructor is bringing along her Spanish curb or something so we can get him to respect the bit. Once he does, we will move back down to our snaffle. She tested his back to make sure he wasn't sore anywhere afterwards.
Mum is coming next week so we can get pictures.
There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
Last edited by PumpkinzMyBaby22; 04-01-2012 at 11:02 PM.