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post #11 of 14 Old 05-23-2015, 10:01 PM
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I agree with TXM and Ponypile, as I have also seen this scenario before
Horse is green, but worked regular by owner in familiar surroundings, so you can put a fairly green rider on that horse, and a good minded colt will ride okay
BUT, this horse is not seasoned, good habits have not become ingrained in him, has not been exposed to lots of new places, nor has had time to build any trust in you.
You are seeing nothing different then what is experienced taking a green horse to his first show, where that horse rides fine at home, but might fall apart at a show, until he learns to accept new situations.
The fact that the first saddle you used on him, did not fit, does not help
I take it that you are trail riding with other people? If so, many green horses can be ridden out, in the security of other horses, and go anywhere, as long as they are not asked to ride out alone
Maybe he rides out fine alone, but you might have let little things slip, during mounting and bridling, so that he now has escalated negative behavior
There is also the fact of how you put the bit in that mouth, and also how you remove it,as natisha mentioned
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-23-2015, 11:11 PM
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Just an idea but it might be worthwhile getting a bit of training put on him specific to your areas of difficulty.

My green TB hunter was so picky that he flipped out when I asked someone to hold him at a show when I had to go to the bathroom ~ to the point of bolting off. And he placed in and A Circuit show (over fences) that same day. He just couldn't deal with change, he was good for me and the trainer and didn't really trust anyone else for quite a while.
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-25-2015, 10:43 AM
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"He's a sweet and easy-going horse on the ground, but won't stand to be mounted from the ground, won't stand at a mounting block, and walks off whenever I so much as put my foot in the stirrup"


That is exactly Charlie, mainly when I haven't ridden for awhile! I can pull him up to he mounting block and he will just walk through past it. I have tried buckets(they actually work better for him) but I have found that brushing him and pretending to have to brush him while using the block helps! "oh charlie, let me reach over you while standing on the mounting block because there is no other way to reach that spot on your back!" then he wont always associate it with riding. Also, does his saddle fit correctly? This also helped with Charlie, when his saddle began to fit wrong he knew that the block or bucket meant he was going to be in pain, and without the ability to talk to tell me what was happening he would just never let me mount! I tried to mount bareback once and it was so much easier! Also think about how you get on. Do you take forever to get into the saddle? Did you in the past by standing in the stirrup forever before actually taking your seat? Did you sit down softly or hard? Horses remember what causes them pain and do whatever they can to avoid it! Is that your pon(pony) in your sidebar because WOW what a beauty!
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post #14 of 14 Old 05-25-2015, 10:49 AM
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I would pay her to ship his saddle to try. Post pics of current saddle fit. Look at how her saddle fits.
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