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post #21 of 40 Old 07-31-2013, 08:57 PM
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It gets better. As everyone else said, get rid of the feed that's giving him too much energy.

Second, you need to work on your own confidence. Horses pick up on tenseness or fear or anything like that. The more "whatever" you are about things, the calmer your horse will be.

Do you have an instructor to help you with your riding confidence?
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post #22 of 40 Old 07-31-2013, 10:10 PM
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Senior feed is balanced for the senior horse. I'd try weaning him off all the supplements and leave the senior at whatever you were feeding - 4 lb 2 x daily? Feed it in the biggest, not deepest, container you can find so he's nibbling rather than bolting it down. The faster in, the fasert out=expensive manure.

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post #23 of 40 Old 07-31-2013, 10:16 PM
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I will just add one piece of information in that I know that will stop a bolting horse. You take one hand and put it on the opposite side of his neck, and lower it. The other hand you take and raise above your arm on the opposite side. I heard it makes an extremely painful, nutcracking motion in the horses mouth, even when they have the bit in their teeth
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post #24 of 40 Old 07-31-2013, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the Sr. I'm feeding doesn't have the joint supplements the vet recommended...MSM, glucosamine and chondrointen(sp). I could eliminate the vitamins but I bought two big bags when they were on clearance, so may as well feed them. LOL Since the Sr. is mostly alfalfa with beet pulp I'm not sure I can't replicate that with grass pellets and supplements separately. I was using beet pulp on top of the Sr. but I switched to rice bran because I can't stand the smell of the shreds and the pellets take too long to soak.
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post #25 of 40 Old 07-31-2013, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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My trainer was giving me riding lessons, so I can continue to do what she showed me in the round pen. As far as progressing with my riding, I'll need to start lessons again. We're taking a month off training for financial reasons (and because my husband is afraid that the training has made the horse worse).

FWIW, I rode a lot in my teens. We had three horses with varying personalities and one of them was a major brat and I fell all the time. I didn't have any fear then and I do now. Four kids does that to ya, I guess! I haven't fallen as an adult and I don't want to but I know it's inevitable. I'd rather it be on a soft surface like we have in the pens and arenas at my barn...or the sandy loam in the wash where I plan to trail ride!! ;)
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post #26 of 40 Old 07-31-2013, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Oh I am also thinking when I use up my current bags of rice bran and omega horseshine I will probably switch to cool calories. It seems like a tidy little supplement for Mr. Stubborn!
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post #27 of 40 Old 08-02-2013, 06:01 PM
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The first time I ever got run away with, I had no clue what to do. I was on a 17 year old OTTB, that at a show decided to relive her racing days. I fell into a fence, and thankfully, I didn't break anything, another time the horse I was riding got kicked, on either side of my led, just a few inches away from it, I was lucky, the mare took off galloping (she was an OTTB too). I have foun that the best thing to do is, when you are firm in the saddle, grab the mane with one hand, and with the other, pull on one rein as hard as you can, to make them stop. Emergency dismounts can be dangerous, because if you are going very fast, and land wrong, you could break your ankle anyway. If I were you, I would have your trainer work with this horse, or sell him and get a different one, maybe try him out next time.
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post #28 of 40 Old 08-22-2013, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't been able to get over my issues with this horse since the run-away incident. I've worked him in the round pen and ridden him in the round pen a few times since. I am having trouble even getting myself to go work with him. We're getting ready to move him to a friend's pasture and she doesn't have a pen or arena so I'm not sure I'll even be able to ride him once he's there. I think he will be mostly a pasture-puff and companion for her horse. She has offered to work with him and see if we can get anywhere with him, but I had to let the trainer go as we're buying a house. After our finances have smoothed out and we're in the new house, I can get a trainer again. I'm just really disappointed and bummed out over everything. I can't picture him ever being a good trail horse. I can't picture myself ever trusting him! :/
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post #29 of 40 Old 08-23-2013, 06:23 AM
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That's not good :(

If you don't think you'll ever be able to trust him, I'd probably be looking at trying to rehome him.
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post #30 of 40 Old 08-23-2013, 07:13 AM
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Sorry if this comes off as harsh, but you should sell him and get a horse that is more suited to getting your confidence back. There is no earthly reason to make a sound horse into a pasture pet because he is a more advanced horse than you can handle-why spend the money for a horse you don't want to ride?

Sell him, and use the money towards lessons or a part lease under a trainer who can help you to get the basics down and your confidence back.

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