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princessa81

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princessa81 says:

Advice/Help required :)

hi there.
i am very new to this forum thing and looking for some help.
i recently purchased my new horse after being out of the horse world for years at christmas from cambridgshire after much looking and research. when i went to try him the lady riding him made him look like a donkey,but when i rode him he was totally different!thankfully i may add as i loved him at first sight and dont want a donkey. a week later i got him delivered to glasgow and all was well albeit the weather was freezing i managed to ride every other day after work with no problems. He was very fat and unfit so it took a month or so to get him fit and slim..problem is now he is very fit and slim and full of energy : ) but keeps managing to throw me off!lol. i am no novice rider. i used to re school unruly horses and have broken a few but he is the only horse i have not been able to sit when he barrel rolls,bucks, then bucks again when he realises im stil on his back! his back and teeth have been checked. i get all 4 feet done every 6 weeks and his saddle fits well so im at a loss as i have him living out with no access to a sand arena. i only have the field i have fenced off as an arena to do school work. when hacking out he is the perfect gent and never misbehaves. HELP!

Also does anybody know of a good freelance instructor in or around the Glasgow area :)


thanks

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TruStar

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TruStar says:

Re: Advice/Help required :)

You could try and lunge him first before you get on. Make him work on the lunge and send him on to get rid of any excess energie. I dont know of any instructors as I`m not living in England. I wish you luck with that monkey.

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princessa81

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princessa81 says:

Re: Advice/Help required :)

Thanks for the reply :)

I have been lungeing him before riding.......and yes he is a monkey!!! There is no malice in his behaviour :)

 

 

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Advice/Help required :)

I think a lot of horses up and down the country are full of beans at the moment due to the grass.  My mare is a complete pickle but fortunately not as full on as your lad or I'd be in A&E!  You don't mention what you're feeding him on (if anything) and this obv might have an effect on his behaviour.  I think the only thing you haven't mentioned is teeth - unlikely to cause the behaviour you mention but a possibility and worth ruling out?  Is there anything making him sore like insect bites or an allergy to something?  I'm sure you'd have noticed but worth checking all around saddle and bridle area for any little lumps...?  And yes, lunging would prob be what I'd be doing before getting on!!

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bcraig1984

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bcraig1984 says:

Re: Advice/Help required :)

Where exactly are are you as i know a few instructors in our area?

 

Are you feeding him?  What bit is he in?

 

xx

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princessa81

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princessa81 says:

Re: Advice/Help required :)

thanks guys! i do lunge him before riding as he is a monkey!! i feed him non molassed alfa alfa chaff,speedy beet and spillers conditioning cubes with a little corn oil and apple cider vinegar. i also give him one leaf of haylage to munch on. He lives out 24/7 and has plenty of grass to himself. he is a bit on the thin side(slight ribs showing),but as he is a tb im not too concerned.

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princessa81

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princessa81 says:

Re: Advice/Help required :)

oh sorry forgot bit! he is in a normal egg butt snaffle : )

 

thanks again

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: Advice/Help required :)

Ummm, if he is good when you hack and not when you school, can I ask do you "work" him when you hack or just go naturally?  If a hack is a hack then that would suggest to me if he is working in an outline etc then he has some pain issues, otherwise it is behavioural - some horses just do not like school work :-(

I am a suspicious type anyway, but fat horses are lazy horses and you say he came to you a bit tubby - do you not think this may have been because when he is slim and fit he is naughty so his previous owner kept weight on to keep him quiet?  People do do this!

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cosmos

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cosmos says:

Re: Advice/Help required :)

Has he been doing this the whole time since you've had him or just more recently?

Could it be spring grass?

Is the bucking occuring randomly when schooling or for instance, when you ask for canter or on a certain rein, etc?

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Advice/Help required :)

Aileen Craig is by far the best around here, she is Stewarton/Fenwick based but she will come to you or you could arrange to meet her somewhere.  If you are able to travel to Rowallan then do so on a Tuesday or Thursday, you pay £10 and can use the collecting ring and she will teach you there, which is perfect as it is indoor and safe, or use the outdoor which is also fenced and gated.  She is absolutely amazing and although she is ultimately a top show jumper etc she will teach anything you need, she has the best patience and manner I've ever known in an instructor and nothing is a bother to her.  She also takes horses for bringing on too.  She's got a website, it's www.aileencraig.com, she worked wonders for both my husband and our horse and I've got a lot of time for her.

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