My Horse Training Stories : Bucking Horse Problem
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My Horse Training Stories : Bucking Horse Problem

As life always go I sell one horse ‘Willow’ .. the one I keep ‘Flick’ goes constantly lame due to abscesses .. and I decide to get a project horse and end up with a major bucking horse problem !

Finding Rez

Rez was advertised as a 15hh 7yr old grey Arab that was green. He was located about 1.5 hrs north of where I was living .. I called the lady on the phone and had a good chat with her .. she said she was a lovely boy and she was very upset to be selling him but was getting married an needed the money .. she asked if I was experienced as he was green.. not a problem .

It was a Thursday and I arranged to go pick him up on the Sunday … then she called back and said she had another woman there who was willing to come get him on sat .. I said I did want him upped the price and agreed to get him sat.

On sat morn I got a text too say she had to work but her fiancé would meet me at their house where he was kept . I suppose alarms bells should have been ringing by now …

Picking him up

I packed the kids in the car on sun morn and off we went with my old float in tow. Normally I wouldn’t have taken the kids with me .. dealing with 4 yr old twins in any situation isn’t always easy.

We arrived at the house to discover they lived on 5 acres of dirt with 2 horses and 6 goats .. the house was like an oasis in the middle with green lawns behind a fence the animals couldn’t get too.. poor buggers were all starving.

I couldn’t see Rez at this stage but he caught him and brought him up … OMG .. poor horse was massively underweight .. you could count his ribs and clearly see his spine and hips .. I didn’t say a word just patted him and loaded him straight on the float … he wasn’t to keen on this idea and took me about 15mins … the owner was quite shocking says of sorry he arrived on a float!! No clue !!

So in the mean time he was chatting away telling me how he goes to the back of the fruit and vege shop and grabs all the old veg for the animals to eat … nothing else just old boxes of corn and lettuce etc.. fine for the goats but not for the horses … the other horse was an old standy which had seen better days … would have liked to take him home too L.

Home

I have to say he travelled home extremely well … not a drop of sweat or worry during the nearly 2 hours home .. well didn’t his eyes bug out of his head when we got here .. go much grass!! Food!!

I didn’t even attempt to ride him for the first month .. wormed him , had his feet and teeth done and got some much needed weight on him.

Wow what a difference and what a lovely horse .. I couldn’t fault his ground manners so didn’t think much about what would happen when it came time to ride.

First Ride … or not

So he had been here for about a month had put on some much needed weight though was still thin and thought time to see how he is too ride.

Took him down to the round yard .. brushed him down.. was a bit funny with his back feet .. put saddle on and he humped up a bit .. girthy .. not uncommon with a green horse .. went to put the bridle on and got some major resistance .. strange

Do as I would on a horse I had never ridden and I flexed his head around to each side while on the ground … has just been doing some reading of John Oleary’s Horse Problems about my other mare who wouldn’t stand still while mounting and read about holding the horses head around while you mount … also used when breaking to mount.

As I didn’t know the horse I thought for safety sake this was for the best.

The second my boot was in the stirrup he exploded .. shot out away from me in one huge leap!

Ok that’s not good .. second attempt I didn’t muck around and was much quicker to get on before he could try and move out from underneath me.

Round and round we went with him trying to buck as the outside stirrup bounced off him before I could get my foot in.

I could feel the whole horse shaking in fear below me .. but I didn’t let go of that rein! I kept his head around nose on my knee … he finally started to relax .. after sitting there for a while .. then dismounted.

Me being me although I was worried knowing that I was safe with his head around I kept going. During this time I also email John at Horse Problems asking what was the best course of action to take .. he suggested hobble training him so get couldn’t buck then getting on and off him repeatedly both side. I totally respect Johns advice and would have loved to do this but I don’t have any sand surfaces and didn’t think it was fair on the horse in case they went down to use otherwise.

The other thing john suggested is time.. Horses have amazing memories and although they don’t forget in a hurry they do forgive and are willing to be shown a better way. Time I could give him .. so I went on my merry way and backed him properly .. we went through the same routine every time .. holding his head around until he relaxed then slowly moving off … is was about 6 months and after having about 4 weeks off that I finally got on him and he had let it go he didn’t get tense and moved off like a normal horse … wow I was shocked and very proud… he is a different horse now 12 months have passed .. and has been at least 3 since he had even thought buck

I have taken things very slowly with him.. better not too push a damaged horse as they need to get to get a lot more confidence in their rider than a horse that no one has wrecked. We had more problems with the bucking during the training as it has become his go to action when he got worried. Like when we started cantering he like to throw in a buck .. but the good old one rein stop shut him down before he had landed back on the ground and he stopped this behavior pretty quickly. I always keep it at the back of my mind that he may have flash backs .. but currently couldn’t be happier and is easier to train than my mare .. who would have thought I could bring a horse so far .. he definitely taught me that I am more capable than I realized.

Why he bucked …

I should also say at this point that he is a full registered Egyptian Arab who has paper .. papers I forget to get off the owner when I picked him up.

I never could get in touch with them after that day to get them to send them too me … not surprised she probably worried I had rung to abuse her .. as turns out she had done to the owner before!

So I got I touch with the arab society and through his brands tracked him back to the last reg owner .. I got lucky and she hadn’t changed her number so got too have a good long chat and find out some more about this horses past.

He had had him for sometime as an unbroken youngster .. and had sent him away to be broken in by a country trainer .. 6 months he was there.. 6 months!! Bloody hell he should have had the horse doing Advanced dressage by 6 months !!

Not sure the full story but when she picked him up and brought him home he was unrideable and she got bucked off numerous times..

I should add here that horses don’t like to buck people off … it scares them .. and with rez I feel this had happened so many time that was what he expected and waited for …I very high stress situation which someone riding def should be be … who knows what happened at the breakers .. she loved the horse and apparently sent him to another trainer who basically said to her that for her level of riding the horse was dangerous and would need at least 6 months to get over his trauma with a professional.

She made the decision to sell him.. too the lady I bought him off .. she apparently gave the woman full disclosure but being such a good looking horse .. never buy a horse for looks!! .. she convinced the original owner to sell .. for less than half of what she sold too me for.

I am guessing she had some dreams of fixing the horse .. but ended up ringing the original owner and abusing her saying that in fact the horse was not broken at all .. I must admit I assumed the same.

But then he came into my possession.. so thankful he did he is such a lovely horse and was surely headed for the dog food factory just cause of one stupid trainer .. what to they say there is no such thing as horse problems just people problems!! And aint that the truth!

I hope u enjoyed my article … I am no expert and am just sharing my own experiences as I try to follow my dream of becoming a horse trainer … Thanks Nic


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