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post #1 of 11 Old 02-29-2012, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Well THAT went terribly wrong

So after spending the weekend in Del Mar working my booty off at one of my trainer's rental house with my trainer and my Pony Club DC/friend. We went to Mary's Tack and Feed (which, by the way, was FREAKING awesome! And was also the whole reason for me being volunteer slave labor xD) and I got fitted for a helmet (woot, woot!) and bought a Tailored Sportsman show shirt that was 50% off my first show shirt ever. Yes, I know, it is awesome.

Okay, that's completely off topic. (Yes, I've always wanted to use that smily)

Anyways, both Laurie and Penny said that I should start slowly staring Mudpie back to work. They both constantly told me that he was no longer injured and was ready to start easy work. I questioned this fervently, but finally I was convinced... and so I decided to cautiously start Mudpie back to work. I came up with a strict walk-only plan, starting at only 10 minutes per session. Yesterday was our first ride.

I tacked him up and led him down to the arena. I mounted carefully. We took a few steps. Then BAM, he sucks back behind my leg and rears straight up in the air. I fall on my butt. He stayed up there, and I was actually concerned that he would flip *but he didn't and I was quite grateful as I scrambled backwards out of the way. He broncked off and was bucking in the corner of the arena. I walked over to him and led him back, fixed the leather that had slid out of the bar, and ran them up. I was aware at this point that if I were to get back on right then, he would do the same thing, which wouldn't be beneficial to either of us. So I took the reins off of his bridle, attached the lounge line, and picked up the whip. I started to the left because it's his better side. He didn't want walk at first and was just moving his hindquarters around and keeping his head pointed at me. I finally got him going and asked him to walk. He started running about bucking and jumping through the air. Then he'd stop, buck, and walk towards me. I'd send him back out on the circle, and he'd start cantering madly about, buck, canter some more, and then face me. I'd send him back out... repeat a few times. At one point when he stopped he reared, and I started yelling at him about how I was doing the best I could and that I did understand and he had to work for it to, and that he had to be good because there was a lot at stake here and how he was too important and that he needed to look out for me, etc. I imagine it was all quite ridiculous, but no one was home and I needed him to stop being suck a d****wad.

Finally, I got him to a steady trot, and he started stretching down and chewing and listening. I got him to a walk, and he walked for about seven minutes, just chilling. I finally let him stop and I switched the lounge line... so we started to the right. At first he just did the turning hindquarters thing and I finally got behind him (sort of... you know what I mean, right?) and got him walking. Then, he bolted. He was absolutely bolting on a forty meter circle. He kept tripping, but just kept running. I started cooing and asking him to take it easy... he just ran for a while, but finally he slowed his blind gallop and had a pretty steady canter, then we went back to the trot. He tried to turn in, but I wouldn't let him. He was really crooked even though I didn't have any contact with him through the lounge line (I was working on it), but finally he started stretching down and chewing. I got him back to a walk and finally he was walking well. I was about to let him stop, but then he turned in. I made him do three more good laps, and then let him stop. I put the reins back on, adjusted the saddle, and got on. He curled up immediately, and was walking choppily around, chewing. I got him walking and we cooled out for about five minutes before I got off and led him up.

So that was our little come-to-Jesus meeting...

I definitely saw a difference in his attitude afterwards. He's really sweet, but sometimes he can be a punk. There was just more respect there, finally.

I think that that saddle is a real problem... it concerns me greatly. I know it hurts him, but there's nothing I can do right now... I need to focus on getting my C-1, and then I get a new saddle. So close... :P

Yep. End rant, I suppose.


The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
I love you, Mudpie!
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-29-2012, 03:10 PM
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Kudos for working through it. I tend to get way too frustrated when things don't go my way (shame on me).
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-29-2012, 03:28 PM
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are you unable to borrow a saddle that fits? i guess i don't understand the point of going through all of this with your horse when you KNOW what the problem is to start and could fix it if you wanted to. :/
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post #4 of 11 Old 02-29-2012, 03:50 PM
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Congrats on working through it. Sometimes it has the greatest reward. I get frustrated like the other person and i am terrible for it. Lol. Hope you get a Saddle soon. Try bareback if you can. Might help some. :)


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Originally Posted by crimsonsky View Post
are you unable to borrow a saddle that fits? i guess i don't understand the point of going through all of this with your horse when you KNOW what the problem is to start and could fix it if you wanted to. :/
Yeah, I don't have any access to anyone with a saddle. I didn't mention it in the main post, but this walk-only stuff is because he fractured a splint bone and also had an abscess that produced a lot of painful swelling and became encapsulated. It's now absorbed...

When I get my C1 rating, something that was much closer before he got hurt, my mother's boyfriend, Ed, says that he will buy me a new saddle (as long as I remain in FFA and keep good grades)... He wants to get one custom fitted to my dear boy. Which is fantastic. We just have to survive with this'un until then.

It's messy, but it's not the most messy thing we're dealing with, so it's a pretty good deal, ya know?
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Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
I love you, Mudpie!
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-29-2012, 04:15 PM
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I will admit that I had a chuckle at your expense! Been there, done that and got the T-shirt.

Why is it that when a horse has been on stable rest some person will say "Hand walk' or 'Ride at a walk' why don't they persuade the horse that it is for their benefit?

A very experienced horsewoman friend of mine had a racehorse that had had a serious injury recuperate with her. He was in a stable for 9 months and the vet said 'Hand walk him!' This was a three year old colt worth thousands of pounds.
Back then there weren't the dopes available to quieten the horse.
He was put into a small pen and after a few days in there the owners called her and said they didn't want him and she could have him for the cost of the last months livery.
She accepted the deal and immediately turned the horse out in a large paddock with a donkey as a companion. That horse went bananas charging around. He remained perfectly sound and after gelding was retrained and went on to become a top show horse and then a fox hunter.
Vets rarely have the experience of how a horse can perform after weeks in a stable.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-29-2012, 04:24 PM
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How long has he been down, if he was stalled the whole time, he was probably just glad to be out, the round pen or lunging is the place to get the buck and the rear out of them before you get on let them get it out of there system, then when the focus on you, you start the session, when I was training (that was a long time ago) I always gave the horse some time to get it out as long as it wasn't directed at me, that's a different story. Did you normally lunge first or is he past that a get on and go horse? You may need to start at the beginning if he's been down awhile to refresh.
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He's been out for four months. He was on strict stall rest for one month, with mild handwalking (he was terribly lame and just stumbled about – yes, he's a bit of a drama king). Then he was moved to a very small turnout... pen. It wasn't much bigger than his stall, and it was simply to give him fresh air. Then he had to be moved from that facility and he was moved to a medium-sized round pen where he stayed for a month. Right before it started to rain (stupid weather), we moved him to the smallest pasture she had on the property so he could get out of the rain. He ran around, then settled in and we left him in the paddock.

I know it was simply because he had a lot of energy to get out, and just needed to play. I'm not angry at him at all – I completely understand and I forgive him. He was, however, being disrespectful, and he got that out of his system, too. Which was really good for both of us.

He's not a horse that you need to lounge first. He's extremely good natured and a sweet guy, but he's a horse that needs to be worked – he revels in it. He loves his work, so it's tough on him for him to be out and he gets all bottled up.

I just gave him his present (from Mary's), which is a Himalayan salt lick (his last one dissolved and he needed a new one). He loves it!

He also has a jolly ball that I'm constantly having to put back in his pasture because he throws it out. xD Silly Mudpie!

The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
I love you, Mudpie!
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What a butthead!! Glad you had both the time and the skills to work through it. Come to Jesus meetings are so rewarding once you've accomplished your goal. I'm sure he'll think twice next time out about being a goof.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-29-2012, 08:45 PM
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Has he ever reared before?
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