Learn From My Mistake
I need to spill the beans, because I want to remind everyone to never be the careless horseman that I was last night. In all my working w/Spree, she'll still freak and pull back hard if she's tied and I try saddling her. What I normally do is groom her tied, then take her out on a lead rope and tack her up. Sometimes I'll put her bridle on first, because she tend to listen better. I always keep her halter on under her bridle and hold the lead rope whenever I do this.
Last night, due to tiredness and generally being spacey, I had her reins in my hand, no lead rope. As I was trying to place the saddle on her back, she was circling me, trying to evade the saddle, and somehow the reins got yanked out of my hands. Of course, she stepped over and through the reins, which resulted in her putting a ton of pressure on her own mouth and absolutely freaked her out. Luckily, it was only about a minute until I could get her to stand calmly to unbuckle the throat latch and get her bridle off, but a minute is far too long to have her scared, upset and probably in pain.
I felt and feel horrible. I know better, and I was just being lazy. I could have injured my friend's horse, and I'm hoping she isn't going to have horrible associations with the bit/bridle now. Honestly, it's very embarrassing to admit this, but it's a good reminder to always be an aware, cautious and responsible equestrian.
good girl!!! =admit mistakes learn from them and move on= glad neither of you were injured
Me too :oops: I KNOW better.
atleast you know what you did wrong. We all make mistakes so the bast thing to do is admitt it and know what not to do next time. Glad to hear that no one, or the horse got hurt.... dont beat yourself up over it though.... *hugs*
I wish I could remember all the mistakes or brain farts that I had when handling horses. It is so easy to have our minds in a different place while we are working with them.
Each times it happens, it makes us more aware of how fast things can happen and how fast things go down hill.
Absolutely. Thanks all. I'm very thankful she calmed down enough to listen to me and let me help her out of the situation I'd created.
its ironic that each time i get in a situation -so far i have been blessed-no big accidents-i have created the thing -not the horse-either i didnt react correctly or i just plain made a mistake these posts are so good for me as i will think of this today and maybe prevent-myself-from making a mistake today
Lessons learned without bloodshed are always good ones.
I have a mare similar to this. What I did was I put snaps on the ends of my reins. I halter her, put her bridle on, then use the lead connected to the halter. Once she's saddled, I simple snap the reins on.
Is it the saddle itself or the cinch that worries her the most? I no longer have much of a problem when I switched from English to Western. Dunno if it was the saddle or the girth or ME, but she does like the western rig much better!
It's the whole thing, and honestly, I don't think it's a style or fear issue. She's simply trying to evade being tacked up, and will do so by pulling back while tied or circling/moving away while on a lead rope.
What about cross ties? Will she rear?
One thing you can try is to tack her up and then not ride. She may just always associate the saddle with work. So tack her up ( no bridle) and then take her out to graze for an hour. Try this for a couple days. You can also tack, untack,tack up, untack and so on for a loooong time. When she holds still, let her rest a few minutes. Then go again. When you get it on two or three times with minimal fuss, put everything away.That was the lesson. Repeat this many many days in a row. Also, take a spin on her bareback once in a while if you can. The mixing it up really helps. Even if you are bareback and have to go leadline - sometimes some horses are very very very wiggly even at a simple walk!!!! Safety before pride.
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