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4 y/o advice.
During Jan I sent Gunther away for 45 days of undersaddle work, he was excilent. The trainers told me to take a break with him until spring time (yeah I'm a little late) so now i get to ride him only once every two weeks due to exams. NOW that exams are over i want to start training him.
Where to start?
I guess, find out what he already knows (probably from the trainer), and go from there? With no real background on what he does and doesn't do, I can't really say where you should go from here.
I think I would make sure of the ground manners and if that's great, then I would work on lunging and his responsiveness there, then work in the saddle. After working with him you'll probably see some areas that need improvement and that is where I would concentrate on.
I know this is a little vague but I'm not sure of his level of training but it sounds like he has a good base and all you'll have to do is fine tune.
Thanks =). I love riding him and he's a fast learner but sometimes he gets really excited and when you LEAST expect it he does this weird buck/rear thing and it frustrates me. Usually i can ride it out of him but there is sometimes where i fall off. I know it's not a health problem because the vet and farrier said he's sound but how can i train him out of it?
did your trainer work with the one rain stop,if so i'd would do that when he gets stupid,i have a 4 year old too and he gets dumb too,i also work him alittle before we ride just to remind him of his training,,
Well the thing is he would work really good with the trainer and it was during the winter so he was always in the indoor and now that he's home he's riding outside and everything excites him.
I think he has only tried to buck once or twice with the trainer and with me atleast once a ride. I always lunge him before i ride to get it out of him..
Another thing is that he's so bull headed that once he gets something in his brain nothing will stop him.
When he does this buck/rear thing is it on a straight away or in turns or both?
It almost sounds like he might not be respecting you since he didn't seem to buck with the trainer, and he's probably testing you too. Since you say he is bull headed it may take time for him to get that 'hey she's the boss', so you can't let down your gaurd. I'm sure that with more miles and an assertive hand from you - you'll turn him around.
Usually on a straight away, see that's what I thought but when were lunging or doing ground work he's perfect. I think he deff sense my insecurity and takes advantage of it.
Since it's on the straight away I would change things up for him, figure eights, change in direction, maybe trot over some poles on the ground. This way he has to listen to you and not think about jacking around, also it won't give him a chance to build up or brace for the bucking and such. Mostly keep his mind busy. If he starts bucking stay calm try to pull his head up and maybe try the one rein stop.
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