Stopping on hacks..
I'm a confident and quite experienced english rider...
but I seem to be having abit of trouble with my loan horse Rolo, not serious but it needs to be sorted.
He is 22, not sure on his breeding but he's quite fine looking, 'been there done that' sort of horse, good as gold most of the time, but when I hack him in the feilds at the stables he will tense up and start wanting to 'Go' today he bucked the whole way up the feild today because i wouldnt let him go, then he cantered so I circled him until he came back down to a walk, his owner told me it was because he used to hunt so automatically assumes if it's a feild he should gallop what should i do when he does this? I'm not particularly scared at the moment and would preferably like to keep it that way ; I'm just not really sure what I should do ..
If what his owner said was true, jut keep doing what you're doing. He expects to do one thing and wants to go do it rather than listen to what you want and is copping attitude (bucking, running) when you're laying down the law. Make him work hard (go in tight circles, side-pass, bend, etc) and make him do what YOU want. Don't let him get away with doing what HE wants. Rinse, repeat a few times and he should settle down and realize that the new rules mean he has to listen, no matter what. Keep being firm and consistent and he ought to settle down for you.
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thanks for the advice i just didn't want to do the wrong thing :) because the feild is flat i might ride in there every now and then as if its an arena so he treats it like one :L does that sound like a good idea??
Ugh, I go through that every spring, but for a different reason. Yeah, just do what you're doing. Be consistent in your corrections. Make sure to reward every attempt on his part to listen to you and override his desire to haul butt.
Yes, you are doing the right thing, circle, get him to flex & bend, and also on the straight, when he is behaving but you know he's ready to get silly again, 2 track him and half pass him, mix it up to keep his mind occupied.
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