Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Down in Alabama
I am new to owning a horse, and have had to go back to groundwork, and using a snaffle bit. She took to it much better than the curb bit she had been ridden in when I bought her. However, because my mare started acting up and getting into my space, I have hired a wonderful young girl who is using a draw up bit and a headstall with tie down after she is lunged alot and there has been so much improvement.
As far as your horse throwing you, you should try lungeing all three gaits in both directions, saddle up your horse and lunge him again with the saddle on. Check the girth to see if it is not pinching him anywhere. Sometimes horses get a cold back from not being ridden and it is always safe to get them used to having a saddle on their back before riding after a long period. Also, check the saddle and pad to make sure it is fitting him correctly, and check your position in the saddle. Walk and trot before cantering to get him used to being ridden, and work in small circles, figure eights to help him become supple, limber up.
I am giving my horse a small amount of Vita-Calm before working her and it seems to be helping with the nervousness or high spiritedness she can show at times.