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post #11 of 50 Old 10-10-2013, 09:40 AM
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lbw0912 I feel for you. I too was badly injured(not as severely as you though) trying a horse after not having one for 26 years. I still bought a horse two months later and spent the next 4 years getting over my fears that the running/bucking idiot horse caused.

My first horse was gentle and non spooky but I was anything but. Everything spooked ME and that was very upsetting as I used to ride bareback as a teenager all over the place on my mare - at all kinds of speeds

I was trail riding with large groups of people with all kinds of horses - some well behaved - some not. Up and down hills, through creeks, over trees and a lot of time with my heart up in my throat.

I no longer have my first horse, Red. I now have Biscuit and Biscuit isn't spooky either. I don't know if I could have regained my confidence on a horse that was spooking and looking for boogers because I saw enough of them all by myself. I really wish that I had not bought a horse when I did and had taken some riding lessons til my confidence came back and I felt ready and confident like I did when I was a teenager.

I am so sorry you are having these issues. I can't see Jet's picture and I am sure he is a lovely boy but he may not be the horse for you at this moment. Even though Red wasn't spooky he wasn't an old seasoned trail horse either. He was actually an off the track quarter horse but I can say those ottqh's have seen dang near everything that clangs, makes noise, blows up, moves fast or unexpectedly. It was me that had the problem but had I been on a horse that had a problem too, would have been my downfall, as far as becoming a confident rider.

I am not the most confident rider now but hogs have exploded out from under Biscuit's feet and we have weathered that just fine. Other horses having hissy fits are not a problem. Biscuit acting like a goober and I am fine. Biscuit will shy a little at logs on the ground occasionally (I believe he thinks they are alligators that will surely bite off his little legs!) and I am ok with that too.

I hope you gain your confidence back soon. I know how that feels - it is pretty dang frustrating.
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Thank you all again for all the kind words of encouragement, and advice.. unfortunately I haven't been able to ride Jet in a little over two weeks due to health issues..but will be back in the saddle this weekend. I have plans for a new obstacle course to work him on the ground to desensitize him...and am going to try walking him on ground down one of the trails first then riding....I unfortunately don't have the ability to ride with others often at this time...I am trying to plan a group ride with some friends soon!!! I think it would be good for us to ride with others.
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post #14 of 50 Old 10-10-2013, 05:03 PM
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I know this isn't a helpful hint, but every time I read this thread's title I think, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean no one is out to get you.". LOL, poor horse!
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post #15 of 50 Old 10-14-2013, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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so went for a ride this past weekend after a few weeks off due to health reasons...he did great on ground work decided to continue on for a ride and he spooked at everything....things he's seen a million times!!!!! so I had him WORK WORK WORK and when he had worked hard and felt like I could end the session on a good note..I was dismounting and the air condition came on way down at the house and flipped out..idk why cause its something he hears every dang day...anyway I really didn't get too hurt...somehow my bra got stuck on the saddle horn..and my shoulder got yanked pretty hard.... I ended up making him work hard on the ground after.....until I was satisfied that he had got the point... spooking gets me more shoulder is still pretty sore...and my wound from having an absess removed two weeks ago from my pelvic region opened back up and bleeding some...OUCH... I wonder about this guys past...he is so fearful of everything!!! I think I have about come to the conclusion that no matter how much Love I have for Jet we aren't good for eachother and would both benefit from another pairing...I had been going back and forth on that for a while...but I think its time we both get paired with a better suited partner for our needs....
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Yeah it sounds as though you aren't getting through to him so he continues to spook.

Maybe a different horse would suit you better

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As part of this hard work you have to keep his feet and mind busy. Ride circles around everything you can find on the trail, rocks trees, downed logs, backing up. This can be done at the walk or trot, just busy. If he's thinking about where he's putting his feet he's not thinking about what's out there. Before you dismount do plenty of one rein neck bends whereby he brings his nose to your leg or almost. This relaxes his poll and gets his mind off moving forward. When you dismount, have his head drawn around. This gets it out of alert mode. BTW his diet may have something to do with this. If he's getting supplemental feeding, other than hay, wean him off the extras as he may be looking for places to get rid of excess energy.
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I have done all of that... that is what I mean by making him work...we trot circles...I make him trot around trees....he spooked at parked bikes on the edge of our property...that has always been there since we 've had him in June...I made him trot circles at a safe distance at first and worked our way up closer and closer ....( I do this everytime....and he will act fine during that session...then the next time I take him out he spooks at it again) seems like nothing I do helps long term....he still continues to be spooky which is why I think I need a horse that isn't this spooky..and Jet needs a rider that can help him overcome this..because it clearly is not me ..... the pasture he is in has little grass ...he has round bale of hay in there and is fed one scoop of pelleted feed once a day only.... otherwise he doesn't keep weight there really isn't any feed I can take him off of ...he used to have a tub of equi pride equilix also ....but he hasn't had that since late July...
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have you checked for ulcers and joint issues? If he has either, combined with a timid rider it could be BAD news. Get him checked out and then ignore ignore ignore. everytime he spooks, whether legit or not. DO NOT react. Dont coddle him dont work him. Ignore it. Keep on doing what you were doing in a relaxed manner (easier said than done-I know)
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hes been vet checked and all is good ...I'm at the point in my life I need a good solid seasoned trail horse that I can hop on and mosey the trails and not have to worry that every other step he's gonna jump to the side all of a sudden ...something I found out he's done with the last two owners as well... which is why he was passed off..but was supposed to have been beginner friendly and that he is not.... I have children I want to be able to let ride him and this is NOT the horse I can really put my children on...
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