Tips for a Green Rider?
I'm new to this form and new to having a horse. I have ridden before but only only on guided trails. For Christmas, my Dad got me a 6 year old Quarter Horse to keep at his house. I live 3 hours away and with work and everything I can only make it over about once a month. My fiance and I are planning on moving to the area but it won't be for atleast another 6 months or so.
Anyway, my first questions is, can I still earn his respect without being there and working with him daily?
Also, he did buck my Fiance off. Sacred me to death, he just took off as soon as he got on him and started kicking like crazy. Of course, he began pulling back on reins, which was the worst thing he could have done. But now I'm a little nervous when I ride him and he knows it. Any tips on how to relax?
A little bit about his temperment.....He is spirited, When we first start to ride around the ring, you can tell he wants to run SO i have to be firm to keep him at a steady pace. I'm not confident enough to canter or gallop yet because he does kick a bit. Any advice on how to get him to stop kicking? He does fine at a walk or a trot.
I could ask a million more I'm sure LOL
ANY advice you all have to offer for a noobie would be greatly appreciated
The first thing to address is the kicking. Does he always do it? Have you ruled out pain caused by tack or through his back/teeth?
It's my opinion that you can earn a horses respect any time you ride them if you are firm and confident in your commands.
I do think it will be harder seeing him so infrequently, but I do think it is possible to get good rides out of him.
Is he being ridden at all other than the 1x a month you see him?
No he does not always do. My Dad's wife rode him around at a good gallop, I did notice him kick his back legs out once but that was it and I figured it was due to excitment.
The day that he bucked my Fiance, he had just gotten back from school and jumped right on him after I had been riding him for about an hour. I also think he may have been irritable, we were having a really hard time with the head stall he was bought with (complicated thing I tell ya) So the bit had been in and out of his mouth atleast 5 times until we gave up and I bought a new more simple head stall. He is not a fan of putting taking the bit begin with but we are working on it.
I rode him the next day and didn't really have any problems he sometimes doesn't like to turn right but after I get him to do it a few times he's fine. But I have not got the guts to canter or gallop yet. We will be visiting this weekend, so I think I'm going to do a day of ground work and then give it a go after he is warmed up.
He gets rode about once a week some times once every 2 weeks (atleast thats what I'm told)
As far as tack goes, I'm not sure. We did purchase his tack with him and that's what my Dad's friend who he bought him from has always used. (other than the new head stall). He is having his teeth checked on the 2nd along with getting shoed and vaccines done.
Thanks for the reply : )
Are you familiar with lunging? Its a good way to earn respect and get his attention before you get on him.
Thank you Soooo much for all the replies. I did find that making him do circles when he gets frisky calms him. I have been reading alot about lunging and plan on trying it this weekend with him.
He is a good horse, he does not spook and does not act up when being rode around other horses. My Dad has 2 others, a 3 year old completely green Ariabian gelding and a pony he rescued. They are quite the group. At night the pony stands gaurd while the 2 big boys lay down and rest in the pasture. Funniest thing I've ever seen. Typical men leaving to the woman to stand guard! LOL
I second the lunging. It helps get the ginger out of them before you ride. I've seen some very "well behaved" horses cut up on the lounge line, and thought, wow, I'm glad we found that hiccup before we put that little kid on her!
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