I'm going to vent a little....
I went and picked the big bay up from the trainer's today. He wasn't making any progress.
As a matter of fact, he blew up with Levi last week and hurt the poor kid. Big bay went to bucking, took Levi off guard, but he stuck with him. He said he didn't just buck around the round pen either. He would buck straight into the fence. When he'd get to the fence, Levi could manage to get his head pulled up, but rather than come out of the bucking fit, the bay horse would spin around, rear straight into the air, striking and lunging. Of course, then Levi would have to give him his head back so he didn't fall over on him and the bay would bog his head and buck straight over to the other side of the round pen. Levi said this happened over and over...for about 30 minutes. He said after a certain point, he knew the horse was so mad that he was actually scared to get bucked off because he thought the horse might actually attack him. By the time the bay finally wore himself out...Levi had pulled a groin muscle as well as several back muscles and a buttock muscle.
Now...to be honest...it does not surprise me that the horse finally blew up. That's why I sent him to a trainer. I also knew that deep down that horse had a temper and a bit of a tough streak.
Soooo....I want it to be clearly understood that I'm not BLAMING Levi...I'm just not very happy cause I think I know what happened and it's a damn common fault.
The last time I was over there and watched Levi ride the horse, we had a pretty long talk about all the bending and flexing and asking the horse to come back through himself. I could see the horse was getting a little frustrated with all of that and I told Levi I really just wanted the horse moving out. Give him the basics of softness and moving off of leg and rein and all that....but PLEASE just get the horse moving out. Jet's a big, forward moving horse. Not just conformationally...but genetically.
I also told him that I thought it might behoove the horse to start ponying him...in the big arena and moving to ponying him out in the desert. Build his confidence. Get him used to different things. When that went well, if he needed me to, I would be more than happy to bring a broke horse over and pony him while he rode the horse. Whatever it took to get the horse covering some country.
But nope...he stuck to his 'standard' training practice of overdoing the bending, flexing and roundpen work and the horse finally blew a gasket.
I thought the bay horse was overly nervous when I brought him home the last time. He was in a pen where he could see the other horses, but he paced and paced. So I turned him out. By himself of course, because I wanted to keep him out of physical contact with my other horses for 10 days. I wasn't worried about the EHV-1 outbreak, but I really can't risk Moon catching even a common cold and we haul all of the other horses with him, so...
Anyway, the bay paced and paced the fenceline in the pasture as well. He lost a bunch of weight and his backbone was sticking up after just a few days....That GL is why you did not get any of the profile pictures you requested.
I started the horse on a calming supplement as well as the gastric distress supplement. He calmed down, but by that time he had been home long enough and I started turning Turk and Bugs out with him. So I don't know if it was the supplements or having other horses with him that calmed him down. He gained most of his weight back just about the time I took him back to Levi.
So anyway...While I was picking the horse up, I asked Levi how the sorrel horse was doing. I know the sorrel horse is not a problem. Last fall, Levi had him riding in the big arena after just a few days. I specifically took the sorrel horse to Levi because I wanted him rode regularly and I wanted him rode OUTSIDE!!!!
Levi said Bugs was doing good and was just about ready to take to the arena.
I would have thought Levi would have had the horse outside by now. But then I remembered that Levi was laid up for a week thanks to the big bay. Okay...so I'll forgive that.
But when Levi continued on and told me he was having problems getting the sorrel horse to soften up and get flexible, I got pissed all over again and kind of tied into the poor kid.
#1-I understand the need to have a horse that gives his nose, understands whoa and knows how to move his feet before you just head out across country....But you just ran into a problem with one horse because you didn't ease up on the bending and flexing crap...
#2-The sorrel horse is 14.2HH, weighs about 1300lbs and is built like a bulldog...He's no freaking ballerina. Enough with the bending, flexing, softening crap. It will take MONTHS!!!!! of riding, conditioning and working with the horse to get him truly soft.
#3-I specifically told Levi, I didn't want all of the 'training' crap done...to either of these horses. I wanted horses that I could saddle and ride out. Obviously, they would need the basics for him to accomplish that...but NOT to try to put any finesse on them whatsoever. *I* do that and I do not appreciate how so many trainers try to accomplish all of this 'softening' crap without any forward movement.
This rant is not over...But I will try to continue it in a more positive manner in the next post.
The one bright spot in my day...The fuglyblog is going buhhhh-bye!
Good-bye and Good Riddance!!!