Stallion in his big boy saddle.
Yesterday was the first time I have ridden the GRAY. He has been ready for awhile but I just could not seem to get around to it. He did fine. They have ridden him before so that was really not his issue. When I got in the saddle you could feel him shaking underneath me. He would flex from side to side but he was stiff and unsure.
Today I’ll work more with him getting him to settle and trust me more. All takes time.
I put a foot in the stirrup of the Stallion for the first time yesterday and stood up in the stirrup for the first time. He is still nervous and moves around when I’m trying to get on him so we will just keep chipping away at it, doing more and more ground work till me being in the saddle seems like a good thing. Again, it all takes time. I know of trainers that would just go ahead and get in the saddle and if he bucks he bucks. And I guess that fine, I mean I know it works. cause I’ve seen it done that way. But often the horse does buck, and if he does and gets the rider off, he figures out that if he bucks hard enough he can get rid of his problems, being the rider at the time.
You can teach a horse to buck as well. I’ve seen that done a bunch. I get horses here that folks want me to fix cause someone along the way has taught them to buck. How do you teach a horse to buck you ask? Very good question.
The way I’ve seen it happen the most is, a person saddles a horse and when they ask the horse to move the horse starts to buck. They have not gotten on the horse yet. So, rather then fix that, they get afraid and won’t get on. They take the horse back to the barn, unsaddle him, and then feed him. Others have been taught to buck by the owner, or rider, getting on, the horse bucks up a bit and the rider, either gets bucked off, or jumps off. Then they take the horse to the barn, unsaddle him, and feed him.
The horse figures out that all he has to do is hump up or buck and they will take me back to the barn and feed me. Folks don’t mean to cause the problem but the do.
We will talk more about this tomorrow.
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