07-23-2012, 10:17 AM
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Getting back in the saddle after a major fall
Ok so last year was the first summer my colt was broken. For the most part he had been doing well and I had llittle problems with him, except during a canter, he would canter nicely for a few yards, then completley spaz out and buck me off. All his tack was fitting well, and he canters very nicely when I ask him to in the round pen. A few months later, I was riding him when he spooked causing me to lose my balance, he then proceeded to flip out bucking and kicking, I am not sure what happened entirely but when I fell I hit the ground and my collar bone snapped like a dry tree branch. I ended up needing a plate with ten screws to fix it and months of recovery. Even now 9 months later I still have problems with it. I have never really feared being bucked off before, but now I am slightly hesitant. I have ridden him since the accident, but only at a slow pace. My question is, what would be the best way to get him learning to have a controlled canter without risking being thrown again? He does so well in the roundpen, but as soon as we are out of it, he loses it. I am also afraid that he is going to sense my anxiety when I ride him and cause him to misbehave even more. I would never admit to my family and friends that I am afraid, but what are some good exercises for both me and my colt to ease back into this?