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May 12

Posts: 1

Shadybaby says:

My gelding has become a real pain to ride.


I purchased my gelding a year ago, knowing he was forward going but he has really deteriorated since moving to a new yard. It may be related to the change of scenery but I'd rather not move him only to find that that isn't the problem, so I'd rather look at other causes first.

He has issues with his strides and pace due to his previous owner liking him to look wound up when she rode him and it took me a while to calm him down, lower his head and stretch out. However, he has slowly gotten worse since moving him (to a yard he was at with the previous owner) and I can barely do more than warm him up without him becoming wound up and trying to gallop off. He becomes worse after canter and often refuses to come back down to trot when asked, cantering on the spot instead, and lifts his head right up. I bought him to jump but he wizzes over them so fast it's dengerous, and I can't risk trying anything more than a walk out on hacks as he decides to gallop off and refuses to listen.

I am not the most experienced rider and a little advice is really needed. He is my first horse and riding him is not productive or enjoyable and if he carries on like this I'm going to have to sell him as I really don't want a problem horse but obviously I've fallen head over heels in love with him and will try anything to get him back on track.


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Jan 10

Posts: 1942

Tommytank says:

Re: My gelding has become a real pain to ride.

 whats he like on the ground? does he have any respect for you on the ground?  

What's he fed on?

Has he had the usual back, teeth, saddle checks since you got him?

How old is he?

Sorry lots of questions but difficult to answer you without knowing the above 

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Feb 10

Posts: 451

SarahR123 says:

Re: My gelding has become a real pain to ride.

What are you feeding him?  The good grass at the moment is making the most placid of horses a bit fizzy so it may also be worth having a chat with a nutritionist to see what you might change.  If you're feeding a mix, have a good look at it - does it have cornflakey bits (maize) or little flat round green bits (peas) or oats?  Even basic mixes often contain these things and this, combined with the great grass, might just be making him want to explode! Hope you manage to get some help and advice to allow you to go back to enjoying him. :o)

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Dec 09

Posts: 134

wundahoss says:

Re: My gelding has become a real pain to ride.

In addition to Tommy's questions, I'd also consider that it could be pain/discomfort related - eg back, tack, teeth, neck, etc.


But assuming he's been fine for the last year & it's only the recent move that's changed him, it could well be this. If it's very recent, part of it could be nervousness at being in a different environment. It could also be to do with his associations of the place & 'work' based on his old regime here. Horses learn by association & they can be very strong. Depending on how much 'bad' experience he got previously, how much the behaviour was reinforced, purposefully or otherwise, it may not take long to get him back on track, or it could be an issue for some time.


I'd go right back to the basics & get him going well there before asking for gradually more.

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Jun 12

Posts: 2

Re: My gelding has become a real pain to ride.

I've just had a new bridle made for my mare and changed her bit to an nu shule - I can't believe the difference it has made to her way of going. She wasn't scary it really fought her contact.  

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