Ruhorserider

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  1. Ha! It's been a really long time.. almost forgot I posted this. Three years later we are still together, he has learned a lot and so have I. We went from lounging before every ride to not needing to do that anymore. Thanks again for everyone's advice. I am really glad I stuck with it. It was 100% worth it.
  2. I am a runner (20 + miles a week), plus one of my two part time jobs is dog walking. I do try to get to the gym, but I only enjoy it on a rainy day when nothing can be done outside!
  3. Not sure if that's what Pom's owner is looking for, but I am a veterinary assistant and we often shave dogs for people who can't take their pets to groomers because of bad behavior. we are a little more ready to deal with naughty dogs, but also more aware of why they may act this way. As someone mentioned, something like hip displasia or arthritis can make them little monsters. Long story short, if all else fails, the dog can be premedicated with either Diazepam or Acepromazine to make him a lot easier to handle and to make is a lot less stressful for him. Most veterinarians will dispence a few pills to the owner with no problem, provided the canine senior citizen is up to date on lab work.
  4. Thanks, Dondie. However, my experience is not nearly as bad. In fact for the past two weeks we've been riding fine (in company for now) working well on the lunge line and learning to respect my space. Hopefully tomorrow I am going to try riding him solo and see how it goes. I do agree with you that I have a choice of walking away from this situation, and I fully intend to do so, if by the end of March I still feel like I am riding a bomb waiting to explode. The past 3-4 rides we had I was actually able to relax and not feel like something is about to go terribly wrong. I am giving this relationship another month simply because I hate quitting and know that there were at least two other riders who rode this gelding before me for at least a year or two and were sad to part with him. I think we need a little time and a lot of work. but again, as I said, if in another month i still dont' feel safe riding him the way I enjoy, I will be walking away and looking for another situation.
  5. Thanks Mudder, this is strangely encouraging. Maybe I can make something out of this horse yet. :-) Today's session did not go as well. But part of it was my fault. I came over to lunge and ride him, started lunging, did both right/left. After that I attempted getting him to reverse one more time, and he just would not comply. We were both sweating 30 minutes later, me just trying to get him to walk to the right on the circle, him continually coming in a facing me going "Aren't we done??". I managed to get him to trot rather lousy around a few times, just not to finish on the bad note. but after that I chickened out of getting on him, wasn't sure how his behavior was going to be since I did not succede lunging him for more appropriate amount of time. I totally should have tried. But this time I was alone, my back side still hurts, you name it. But mostly I was being chicken sh**. Monday I'll have some help again, and try one more time.
  6. I do my own fecal floats for dogs/cats/horses or whatever you want. but I work at a veterinary hospital and just bring the poop to work with me, then do it myself at lunch break or something. If you want to get a cheaper microscope, check out e-bay for a refurbished one or a school supply websites/stores. For most horse parasites (I say most, because some of the protozoan things are very small) you dont' need anything very powerful or expensive. Good luck, I love doing fecal floats! :-)
  7. So far so good! We had a productive lunging session-the barn owner helped me out, since I haven't lunged many horses before. I did have a lot to learn about getting him started. After that we both went on a ride and she showed me a mostly fenced-in filed that I can work him in, and we did some circles at walk/trot, practicing my one-rein stops. He was a little "fresh" on the way home, but I just circled him around a few times and he settled down nicely. :-)
  8. You all make some valid points! I do think this gelding is not used to getting out as much, and is also challenging my authority. I wish I could always( or almost always) ride with someone, but I am in a barn with only two other horses, both belong to the same person and we have very different schedules. I somewhat agree on not necessarily wanting to fix the problem, after all paying money to ride someone else's horse is only fun if it's mostly well behaved. Not if it's constantly looking for ways to get you off! By then you feel as if you should be the one getting payed. I did speak to the barn's owner, who is not a trainer, but certainly knows a lot about horses. She is going to meet me tomorrow for a lounging session, and then she suggests I try riding him, and turn him in circles, make him go back in the opposite directions and such at the first sign of trouble. She says she has ridden him a few times, and he has tried similar behavior with her, and that's how she solved it. Basically she thinks that lounging him before the ride should take the edge off, and after that just work with him under saddle near home. So we'll see how it goes tomorrow, because to be honest I am kind of ready to quit.
  9. That does sound like a dumb plan. If they wanted to "donate" the horses they should have sold them off and donated the money. At least at a live-stock auction everything is set up to handle horses, cows, etc. Not a stupid parking lot. What a strange idea!
  10. Thank you so much for your advise. I am aware of and have used one-rein stop on a different horse. So I am hoping to be able to stop him if I was actually on his back! Most of the time I suspect that he'd buck me off or rear up until I was off, just like he did last time. I will try lounging him before getting on him and see if I can control him at a walk, and positively staying close to home for now.
  11. Hello, I titled my post "bolting?" because I am not really sure what exactly is going on. I shareboard a 21 year-old Appaloosa gelding. I've started riding him in late December. At first he was really good, not lazy, no bucking/rearing/etc. But both the owner (who hasn't ridden him since 2003) and the barn owner has warned me that he can get very naughty at times, mostly bucking some, laying down in mud/snow and such. About a week or two ago (I ride 2-3 times a week, alone, on the trail) he started to let out a few bucks here and there, mostly at the beginning of a canter. Not a big deal, more of a crowhop. However, last Wednesday he went completely nuts on me, throwing me off, galloping off into traffic! What exactly happen, I am not sure. At first I though he must have spooked at something, but now I am actually wondering if he bolted, because he wanted to go home faster. We were out for about 40 minutes, doing canter, trot and walk. He was okay, not perfect, a little "spooky". Then we turned around ( I always turn at different places). He tried trotting, I would not let him because I could tell he was in some hurry to go home (he usually is, and settles in a bit). I turned him in a couple of circles and we went on at a hurried walk. Suddenly he just sort of jumped to the side, I tried getting him to settle, at which point he went on bucking, jumping around and maybe rearing a little. Next thing I know I am on the ground, he yanked the rains out of my hands and the rest is history. Today I went to at least walk him on the trail (he has been turend out since Wed., but I have not been out on him, I honestly was a bit bruised from my fall and needed to replace my cracked helmet). He acted all goofy, on the way back got even worst (we were out for 10 minutes or so) long story sort, i actually dismounted and walked the rest of the way! Not sure what this is all about, or how to handle it?? Some information about my situation, I do not have a ring, or any enclosure to ride in, only the trails. I can lounge him before I ride, but I am not an expert at that, so I haven't been. Should I? My plan for tomorrow was to come and lounge him without riding. Thanks and sorry it is kind of long. Ruhorserider.
  12. Yes, my husband is a really nice guy. And we are very close, since we've met when I was a freshmen at high school. And yes, I do value my family, so I have followed everyone's advice and just keeping busy. Honestly, I think part of my problem was cut hours at work, I was a little bit depressed (feeling kind of worthless for a bit), but looks like they still want me there, since I am working normal hours for the next two weeks. [Jump] Now some GIRLfrinds would be nice, but it has been very hard, we've moved about 6 times in the past 11 years, making friendships hard to come by. But all is possible in the future. Ruhorserider.
  13. Hang in there! some people take longer to start loosing pounds. Just make sure you don't "cheat" just because you are more active, it can all add up to not getting any thinner. Good luck, I am sure you'll be dropping pounds and inches really soon. Ruhorserider.
  14. Honestly, I would find a way to go back to where you were happy. Money is not everything, but having friends and not being lonely is very important. Maybe try to sell your car? Just make sure you first find out for sure, that you will have a job ready for you, if and when you move! It would be very unpleasant to first make the painful move and then discover that you should have stayed put! Ruhorserider.
  15. Thanks so much, peoples! I think you are all correct, and if it makes me uneasy, there must be a reason for it. Equuzen, you pretty much hit it right on-we've been married for 11 years, together for 15. We don't share many common interests, and this guy I met wants to do all the stuff that I like to do, in fact the reason I spoke to my husband about it (yes, I did the very same day) was because "Jim" wondered if I would like to play tennis with him sometime. YES! I would, because my own hubby never "hangs out" with me. He likes TV/movies, I hate it. I love running (we are talking 5 + miles a day), but you can't pay my husband enough to go with me even once, for just a short one. But this is where my husband said that he is kind of conserned about this relationship, but also feels guilty that I have to go elsewhere to find what I need in life. However, I love my husband, and think the smartest thing to do for me will be to break off with this guy in a nice manner, since it makes my husband uncomfortable. Thanks again, I will let you know how it goes. Ruhorserider.