Bolting Cob! :(
Hey guys :) I've just started loaning a 15'3 Cob x called Jazz, he is 13 and is an ex riding school horse. He has been allowed to slip into some bad habits, and obviously hasnt been worked very much as his current owner said she's never cantered on him ... He is quite bargy and lacking in respect, for example:
On the way out of his field today, he will bolt but only a tiny trot to get to some nice grass, then do this repeatedly until we have mini-bolted our way to where I was trying to get him to! On the way back to his field he does the same, I sought help from the yard owner who wrapped the lead-rope around the noseband of his head collar and he went with her FINE - i guess he knows she doesnt take any $@#$! I tried to lunge him today, and he did a few really nice circles of trot... but then bolted off to eat grass again!!
Grrr - any advice? :) I know I need to be more firm with him, i guess in honesty I'm just slightly scared of him because he's a lot bigger and stronger than me. :)
You hit the nail on the head. You must be more firm with him. Many school horses have been allowed to get away with taking advantage of their handlers. If he were mine I'd get a type halter on him and practice walk and stop. If he doesn't stop snap the lead a few times and make him back up. When he goes to go ahead of you same thing, stop him dead in his tracks and back him up.
If he does that on the lunge I would be connecting with his fat little butt with my whip to wake him up a bit! Again-he needs to respect you, and you need to work n that regardless
Slidestop-you and I were posting at the same time. I actually saw...on a thread here.....somewhere.. A trainer training a young horse to walk nicely and not get ahead. It was great. Use a rope halter-and walk. If the horse pulls or gets ahead-turn, which pulls on their head because they are, initially not paying attention. They actually pull on themselves and learn really quickly to walk with their handler. I will try and find it. I did it with my guy today when he got pushy-it took less than 5 minutes and he nicely walked into his stall instead of rushing.
He has to learn some manners and that's going to mean you getting tough with him
Cobs can be really intimidating when they decide to throw their weight around - they're such power packs and greediness is one of their other less endearing qualities
It will help if you have side reins or grass reins on him when you lunge - attached to either his saddle or a surcingle just tight enough to prevent him getting his head down. You can then concentrate on giving him more 'encouragement' with your whip
Until you've established who's in charge I would always lead him to and from the field in what I call a field bridle - basically any old bridle that fits him, doesn't need a noseband, you attach the lead rein to the type of connector strap you see on in hand show horses - it looks like this and fastens onto the bit
Fast Tack Direct
You'll have a lot more control of him off a bit and he'll soon learn what's expected of him.
Thanks for your replies everyone! I have really taken on what you have all said and know that I need to be much more tough with him and show him who's boss! I have got a rope halter for him and plan on doing some much needed groundwork with him tomorrow, as long as it isnt too rainy! :)
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