I was riding with a group in the mountains on some steep rocky trails.
Now whenever he gets 'left behind' he will get feisty, Then don't get left behind - keep up with the group
I shouldn't have to be afraid of my horse. He should do what I say always.
As often as I can. However, when we are gaiting, cantering, or doing faster work, I keep him in a fairly collected head position.
Do you ride Sunny on a long loose rein???
Practice in the arena with poles laid on the ground - make him adjust his length of pace
and work on your being able to determine the length of his stride.
Then when he and you are ready take him out, with one mounted friend,find a length of path with a steep slope (not too steep) and practice going up and down hills. You,ve got to get the length of rein you allow him correct - not enough to give him his head, not too little to negotiate the
steep path. Walk him down that path with your bodyand your feet working the stirrups.
Ok, I will try that.
So he started to get that feeling of no return (the peak of his gait right before a canter.
(not sure I understand this???)
You'd know if you rode gaited horses!
Once we get there, it is almost impossible to manually stop him). I ended up hauling on his mouth with all my strength, extremely off-balance, and he goes running down the rock trail with his head a-flailing doing everything he can to get away from the bit, tripping all the way.
The horse is panicking - your fault - you lost control. You probably gave him too much rein and by the sound of it you might need a slightly stronger bit but there again that might work against you.
Were you shouting at this point???? You must keep calm - otherwise the horse will panic.
At this point, yes. However, this has happened before. The only reason he'd be panicking is solely the reason he is seperated from his friends.
It's amazing I'm still alive.
Literally. No joke.
YES, you could have come off and you are lucky you did not. Your horse might have run off. You certainly at this point were upsetting the horses of your fellow riders.
Are you kidding?! They were long gone!
He listens to me only when he is alone. Not with other horses.
Partly that is because you don't go near steep stoney paths, I guess.
I've tried simply everything.
No, but you are realizing that you have a problem of control and are asking for help.
Of course! I don't want a runaway horse!
-re-training (work) in ring
You need some training out on the trail - the ring does not put the horse in a scenario where he will get excited.
I didn't think so either. However, that is what EVERYBODY had been telling me to do.
The test you are aiming for is to ride around the arena at the canter and to do it in the slowest time you can, without dropping back into jog (or trot). It is one of the "Le Trec"
You are absolutely positively right. I can't believe I never thought to work on his canter.. He HAS begun to canter really fast lately. I will definetely try that and continue to work on it.
Your fundamental problem seems to be that you can't slow your horse down and keep it slowed down. Pulling back on the bit is not the only answer. You must learn to use your seat and thighs as well.
How? Can a horse feel you through a western/Aussie saddle?
Should I just.... (and it pains me to say) Sell him? Do you really want a brain dead horse instead of this spunky little devil?
Anyway - you'll have the same problem with the next horse until you learn.
You are absolutely right!
-size (16 hands of muscle)
-temperment (silly, retard, high most of the time)
Perhaps he is "high" by nature. What do you feed him? Try some calming herbs and check magnesium levels in the soil - he may be short of magnesium which helps to hype him up.
1 pound of whole oats each morning/night. Nothing in them. He is a very easy keeper. Hay- about 2 flakes. Bermuda I believe.
HERD BOUND issue! When you go out to a club with your friends - do you get hyper when you are enjoying yourself?? Of course you do. Your horse is out with his mates, he gets hyper, then he gets excited , then he gets frightened. You should know how he feels.
I guess I never really thought to think that just standing next to his friend would be so rewarding, but I guess in a horse's mind, it IS! Hmm.. Gives a whole new thought.
By the sound of it,
you have a good seat (you did not fall off)
You have got spirit (you did not give up)
You asked for help (the first stage of rehabilitation)
You've got a forward going spunky little horse which you quite like.
You did not get hurt - (You were lucky that time - but you might get hurt next time!!!!)
Ha, ha. Thank you very much! I get a little credit!
-What do cavisons do? -
look it up on the Internet - do a google - cavessons.
Yeah.. I just wanted to know you guys' thoughts. Google is not always a reliable source.
So.. Is this seriously a trainer thing, or can I afterall fix it myself? Should I work in his feet and gait speeds first and work my way up?
Thanks for the great info, BG. You need to write a book ;)