Hi im new to this site but am having alot of problems and im looking everywhere for help! Here goes - I have a 4 nearly 5 yr old cob who is constantly bucking me off! I bought him mid summer last year and he was lovely, very green but very rideable - I was even hacking him out on his own! Part of the problem I believe is we dont have any winter turnout so he has been in for a while and cant go back out till may. Everytime I have tried to ride him over the winter, he uses things as an excuse like a spook and thats it he bucks - not just bucks tho its head to the floor and I might as well be in an american rodeo! Until im off. He has gone really bad on the road and is really frightened if we leave the yard - we only go up the road and back! He has a lovely gentle stable manor which is why I cant work this out. He is a bit thick as well if you know what I mean! So he isnt clever enough to plan things! He also (which adds to the wierdness) hates bareback. He gets you straight off even if you just lean over, hates it. Which when I was discussing this problem with someone they said to me (as he came from ireland) he is probably cold backed and not properly at that. But I thought that dosent explain why he was so good in the summer? But she thought as he was out 24/7 he was too tiered and full to bother with this naugtiness? Sorry this is sooooo long but Im in real need for ideas help?? My first thought is while he is so young im gona go back to basics, re back him effectively. So ive started lunging with the roller and draw reins, but alot of people dont think this does a tap??? Im really hoping turnout will come and he will be back to normal, but somehow I dont think so! Im so confused I just want to be able to ride him alot as he is a lovely coloured cob who moves lovely and he was bought for me to show him !!
Pls help if you can!
Last edited by ikklejo; 29th March 2010 at 10:49 AM.
Reason: Thought I might just add when I bought him I had a full 5 stage vetting and there was no problems with back ect - thanks!
Hi he has been back checked, feet done, dentist recently and his saddle is measured to fit. With regards to the groundwork, I feel I should stop riding him until ive mastered alot of this. Just when I get on him and he does something like this again I feel like ive undone everything! Do you know what I mean? :-)
Well my gut feeling is hes being naughty, he really has a lovely stable temprement which makes me think maybe he's not, but maybe he knows this!? I think I should work with it as naughtyness? Just want to know what way to go with it! Ive never had a youngster before but bought him as he was a quiet cob!! :-)
You're definitely right about lack of turnout. If a horse is stabled 24/7, its understandable that he is going to get a bit fresh and frustrated. He probably feels like a coiled spring! Make sure you aren't feeding him any food that will give him extra energy!
How is he on the lunge? I assume you meant side reins, and not draw reins!!!!!
If he's ok to lunge, then I'd do a bit of this as part of your general handling and bonding.
Is there any other yards nearby that will allow at least a few hours turnout a day? I'd hate my horses to be stuck in all day - they'd lose the plot!