Originally Posted by Dawn854
Corporal, stop preaching at me. I can't believe how rude you are. Just because I am a first-time horse owner does not mean I don't have any experience. I have leased several horses before I got mine and I've done a heck of a lot of riding! The reason my guy was bucking so much was because I was bringing him back into work and he was being a totally spoiled piglet when I asked him to canter. He's not young, he's not inexperienced, and he's certainly enough for me to handle. And FYI, I am getting someone else more experienced to ride him for me before I get back on, I can freely admit when I am in over my head. Get off your soapbox, step down from your high horse, and don't judge so harshly before you know what's going on. I have asked for help with groundwork, not a lecture on irresponsibility, so either answer my question or butt out. Anyone can fall off a horse badly and injure themselves, and it doesn't mean that they don't have the experience to ride that horse.
I so agree with you Dawn. Gez, that was a horrible lecture. Hahah. Just spend time with your boy. See if you can learn something new everyday with him, never smack a horse, they are big and can do much worse than you. Treach him through love language and leadership. If he doesn't understand what your asking, ask again and again, but with kindness. Never get angry and keep your emotions out of it. You don't need a trainer, you need him - your horse. He will teach you, just listen to him. They move off of pressure, so start with small things. Put a finger on his jaw and push gently, keep pushing until you notice the slightest "away fro pressure" movement, then immediately remove your finger. This can be done all over his body. I can lead my 2 year old colt with his ear or muzzle. I can back him with his tail, and nose with the slightest pressure. Remember, a horse can feel a misquito on his ass in a sand storm. It's about unity. Posted via Mobile Device