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post #1 of 4 Old 01-27-2015, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Tonight I was riding my OTTB that I've had for 2 years and done all the training on. We were walking around a corner when someone walked up to the arena. He flexed his head all the way by my leg to see what was happening as the person was behind us. I closed my fingers on the outside rein to get his attention and he balked. The I closed my leg and pinned his ears. So then I squeezed him harder with my leg and he reared! I was so shocked I wasn't fast enough to get him with my crop inbetween the ears. I got about half way up the side of his neck lol. When he went up a second time I had the same slow reaction lol. If there wasn't a beginner lesson going on then he would have been cantering a 15m circle for 5 minutes! But because of the lesson I could only walk him forward. I feel like he got away with it. I hope it was just a freak thing that never happens again!! I've ridden this horse 5 times a week for 2 years and not once has he reared until today. I'm still shocked! On a better note, my other guy, also an OTTB but older has been very good lately. When I got him 5 weeks ago he had a pretty bad bucking problem and the owner refused to ride him. (Pain was ruled out many times. He was used as school horse and overworked. Also figured out most riders come off with a good buck in his time there.) so i have been working with him and he hasn't bucked in 2 weeks! I even did my whole ride on him with no stirrups and still no bucking. Still pins his ears and threatens but doesn't carry through with it. Still can't believe my youngster today though lol.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-27-2015, 08:12 PM
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how odd. that must have been scary.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-27-2015, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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how odd. that must have been scary.
I've worked with lots of young horses from the track and even started a few so I'm used to temper tantrums lol. He's just never done it before and I was and still am more shocked than anything!!
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-27-2015, 11:45 PM
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I had taken my 5 yr old friesian sport gelding to a x-mas parade back in December. He was pretty amped up since this was his first parade and he was never exposed to so many horses and carriages and all their fancy decorations. Once i got him saddled and prepped, I got on him and had him walking around the trailer. He was still amped up but not spooky just like....Omigosh look at everything, this is so cool... ears forward and curious. I took him to the field next to the trailer and thats when he saw a couple paso-fino horses pacing by and he wanted to trot after them, I held him back and all of a sudden he went straight up in the air.... I was completely in disbelief but my body instinctively went up and forward to use my weight to push him back down... He came back down and i made him walk out and do more circles. Never had a problem after that with him, in fact he was perfect even when kids came running out into the streets to get candy... but i was in total shock that he did rear. He has NEVER reared or threatened to... Hes had his rare "i feel good" buck out on the trail but never anything serious. I chalk it up to him being really out of his element and he just didnt know what to do with himself. Horses will be horses and they all have their crazy moments. lol Glad that both our situations turned out ok and no one was hurt.
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