Corby Threw Me!
Well I was working Corby in the jounior lesson today, and we were walking around, trotting around and even cantered! She was doing brilliant. Doing bending courses and everything for me. Then we were trotting around. She threw a major fit! Front legs went up, then she bucked and bucked and bucked. I went straight over her head. The next thing I heard was one of the jounior girls scream and my instructor yell "Watch out" I rolled and aperanlty Corby had done a mini-rear thing.
So then I got back on and walked her around, then we tried trotting and she threw a major bucking fit. So then I managed to get her to stop bucking and we walked around. So then she threw another bucking fit. So we walked around the middle of the arena again. Then I dismounted, and the two jounior girls ran up to me and they were like "OMG that was so scary are you okay!"
Ouchies! I hope you're okay, that stinks. :( Maybe she was just having a pissy day?
Sounds like a horse in pain to me, especially if out of character.
It sounds like 1) either she was in pain 2) she had reached her timespan of focus; and because you kept pushing her, in her mind, bucking was the only thing left to do, to get you to stop.
If she hasn't been checked out by a vet in a while, I would suggest the stable mgr do so; she may have something wrong with her. I'm assuming you were given this horse to work with, because of this 'spazzing out' issue?
If she checks out fine, then you need to start reading her body language, and perhaps you will need to anticipate when the blowup may come, and end your lesson (riding part) BEFORE the explosion comes. Riding out the bucks is well and good, but if she still winds up bucking every time you ride, where is that getting you? She's still bucking, so you're not fixing anything. So if she is giving you any kind of subtle hints that she is reaching the end of her 'focus' time, such as chomping the bit, anxiousness, swishing tails, pinning ears, or an ear, getting tense in the neck, starting to drive on the front end...etc...when those 'cues' from her, start coming, you need to calmly stop, and get off, and give her a break; maybe do some ground exercises for a while, to refresh her mind, then get back on for a few moments, so you can end on a relaxed note; don't push her till she blows up...
If she's not giving 'cues' or signs of blowing up, then maybe do 5 minutes on her, 5 minutes off, gradually working up to more time in the saddle; always end when she is relaxed under saddle, even if you've only walked or trotted a bit.
Corby was drugged when my instructor got her, she won't have body signs at all. It can happen when someone gets on or gets off or half way through. She gets vet checks daily (instructors husband is a vet). She hasn't bucked on met yet. Only that one time. It is not my choice how long I work her it is my instructors. I am very lucky to be getting free lessons on Corby so I'm not going to push my luck and start requesting things.
Mom2Pride gave excellent advice - she covered it all. ;]
Some symptoms of your horse being out ( needing chiropractic attention)
Dont ask the vet ... its like asking a podiatrist if you need a heart transplant... Its not their department and would probably tell you the problem is in your feet lol. Some vets recomend Chiropractic work but not many in my personal experience.
4) Is my horse's behavior normal for my horse?
Some horses roll more than others, some have an attitude problem (more like training problems), some kick and others just have unique personalities. The question is whether you horse is behaving like themselves? Is your horse pinning its ears back more? Is it bucking? Does it resent raising its head? Is it rearing, hard to handle, or changing its behavior? Horses always have a reason why they do something and their behavior is not exception. Pain, just as with humans, often cause changes in behavior. Slight subluxations cause slight symptoms and major subluxations cause major symptoms.
5) Has my horse's attitude changed?
Performance horses often experience performance stress. This can lead to performance decline, sourness or depression. A horse that was once happy performing is now just going through the motions. This is often the horse that owner/trainer has treated with other means of therapy to no avail. Pain of the subluxations is again often the cause and if you can fix the cause the horse can return to normal attitude and vigor.
Hope you can figure out whats wrong. good luck :D
The vet owns race horses and has found many problems in the back. Corbys additude has always been like this since they got her. They say part of its her breed (unsure of what her breed is). Corby was drugged when they got her. They have had her for about 6 years and everyone has worked extremly hard with her. But she still throws spazz atacks. I agree with all your advice but as I said its not my choice.
Sometimes they blow. I would look for issues, but sometimes they blow...
My only concern is the way people around you reacted. A girl screaming is no help in that type of situation and can make things worse... and your instructor yelling "watch out" is no help. Either give guidance or keep your mouth shut!
Sorry... It's just that people reacting like that is no help! Not your fault...
Good luck w/ the horse.
The girl that screamed was six, she had never seen a rider fall by just riding and un-balancing let alone Corby throwing a mental. Also she had never seen a horse or Corby do that. My instructor yelled watch out because Corby had done a mini rear and she would have landed on top of me. They have been trying to look for whats wrong with her for 6 years this includes my instructor who has trained horses and her hustband who is a race horse.
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