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  1. Dangerous Horse?

    Ha ha ha, no, I'm still reading it. I didn't think this topic would become so popular so fast, but anyways, I'm still enjoying reading everybody's comments. I mean, that was the point of posting, right?
  2. Setting Up A Yearling

    I taught my yearling stud colt to set up, but he first had very clear understandings of moving forward, moving backwards, and standing still. Now, this has to be done in relatively short increments (especially standing still) because he's just a baby and will lose interest and get frustrated pretty quick. So if your yearling hasn't learned the basics yet, work that first with lots of reward but be firm in your corrections. And be consistant, he'll learn much faster. Now, for the actual set up, I just moved him back and forth until his feet were close to where I wanted them (he does it as accident at first, til he realizes there is reward in where his feet are) and then I manually picked his feet up and put them in the correct position. If he moved one, which of course he did at first cause he was like "Quit it, those are my feet!" I just put it back and emphasized to stand still. Once he was pretty close to setting up, I let him stand still and rewarded him for being a good boy and then lead him off before he got the chance to move by himself and that was it for the day. My colt picked up on all this pretty quick and learned to set up off the lead shank. I'm not makin any promises, but that's how I did it Hope this helps and good luck!
  3. Dangerous Horse?

    You're right, i have absolutely no intention of putting him down. I know some wouldn't agree with that, but that's simply a difference between us. I do want to say, however, that I intend to have another vet look at him. I was given some interesting information on the chiropractor I used and I believe a second opinion is definitely in order. As for acting malicious or being an angry, mean horse....... no. That's simply not him. And believe me, I have seen these horses and know the difference.
  4. Dangerous Horse?

    I did not respond to some of these because I asked for your opinions, so what would be the point of telling you that you're wrong? On that note, I do not want to leave the impression that I will, by any means, sell him to someone else if I truly believed him to simply be rank and dangerous. I won't be responsible for anyone's death.
  5. Getting Horse To Relax?

    I do a lot of lateral flexing with my horse and it does wonders. Using a snaffle bit, I pick up on the rein to one direction until he resists, then as soon as he gives me his face without moving his feet, I release him. It's done wonders for us, makin him very light and responsive and getting him to just chill out. If you want a more detailed explanation of it, I can give you more info
  6. Dangerous Horse?

    My horse and I need help. I have a nine year old buckskin quarter horse gelding whom I have owned for six years. In that time, we have done so many different disciplines and he did so well, maybe not excelling at all of them, but he certainly tried. However, once in a while, some dark side comes out and he freaks, throwing a bucking fit, bellowing and snorting like a rough stock horse. It wasn't that big a deal because he never did it with me on him until last year. Then he did it again this June. Both times I was hospitalized, the first time with a skull fracture, concussion, dislocated shoulder; the second time with two broken vertebrae and 3 broken spinal transverse processes (the bones that stick out side of vertebrae and connect to ribs). So here's the background on him. We got him as a three year old wild child; the lady we bought him from was afraid to ride him because every trainer (he'd been to three) said he was unridable, he bucked, she should get rid of him any way she could. We bought him anyway (I was 13) and I rode him that first night and everyday for the whole summer. He didn't offer to buck with me even once. I was into barrel racing at that point and he was big and fast so I started trying to teach him barrels, and speed and poles and anything fast. We goofed off and did crazy things and even went swimming on our horses, just being kids, and he only bucked once with a friend of mine. After that, I met some horse show people and got into western pleasure. I couldn't afford a different horse, and my horse was pretty, so why not? It took me about a year (mainly because I never had a trainer, just tried to watch and imitate) but I got him slowed way down and started local shows. But we never could go as slow in the jog as most of the champs, we competed and even placed, but didn't win that much. Then somebody told me, gee that horse would make an awesome English horse, you should try it. I though that sounded like a great time, and way less expensive, so we got in touch with a lady that rode hunters a while back and she gave me some advice and got me on the right path. We really did wonderfully in that, he has a huge extended trot. I started learning a lot about lifting his shoulders and how to engage his hindquarters, and lots of yielding and flexing. It was like I went out to ride one day and found a very responsive, willing, knowledgable partner in a stall where the night before a goofy, uncooridinated colt had been. However, no one but me ever rode him. When someone tried, he swiftly bucked them off, never hurt anybody, but didn't behave at all. I was silly and even secretly pleased, thinking I had myself a "Black" and just like the fictional Alec, no one could handle him but me. Then June 8, 2008 I had been watching horse racing and decided to take off in the pasture. We ran every now and then, not that often since starting all the pleasure stuff, but still we both enjoyed a quick spurt now and again. I don't remember what happened, but this is what I'm told by my mother who watched it: We were running up the pasture and he just suddenly moved sharply, could have been a buck, she wasn't sure, but next thing anyone knew, I was on the ground. I woke up in the hospital 2 days later. After I got better, I went right back to riding like before, working the same stuff, but once again, we changed what we did. I fell in love once again with rodeo, and wanted to queen. My horse, the do-it-all-but-not-to-win wonder, was suddenly the best thing on earth. We excelled at the patterns, doing flying lead changes, side-passing, perfect circles, fast and pretty queen runs, and riding at the rodeos. He wasn't spooky or dumb, had to work on carryin flags, but he mastered that too. Parades were even a breeze. I won the second pageant I did and was so proud of him. Then June 20, 2009 we were representing at rodeo when it happened again. In the middle of our queen run, half way down the arena, he threw me over his head. I was totally conscious this time so I know exactly what happened. There was no warning at all. We'd ridden in the grand entry already, been runnin all over the rodeo grounds since we got there and he never even bowed up. I broke my back this time. Several people are telling me that he's unsafe, that he's just a renegade, devil horse and I need to get rid of him. My mom doesn't think so, but almost everybody else thinks I'm stupid for even considering keeping him. Could it be a physical thing? He's had a chiropractor look at him but he doesn't think there's a problem. Could it be behavioral? Is there something I've done that's makin him this way? Or is it just him? Unpredictable, high strung, or whatever and I really would be better off without him? Can anyone help me?
  7. Dangerous Horse?

    My horse and I need help. I have a nine year old buckskin quarter horse gelding whom I have owned for six years. In that time, we have done so many different disciplines and he did so well, maybe not excelling at all of them, but he certainly tried. However, once in a while, some dark side comes out and he freaks, throwing a bucking fit, bellowing and snorting like a rough stock horse. It wasn't that big a deal because he never did it with me on him until last year. Then he did it again this June. Both times I was hospitalized, the first time with a skull fracture, concussion, dislocated shoulder; the second time with two broken vertebrae and 3 broken spinal transverse processes (the bones that stick out side of vertebrae and connect to ribs). So here's the background on him. We got him as a three year old wild child; the lady we bought him from was afraid to ride him because every trainer (he'd been to three) said he was unridable, he bucked, she should get rid of him any way she could. We bought him anyway (I was 13) and I rode him that first night and everyday for the whole summer. He didn't offer to buck with me even once. I was into barrel racing at that point and he was big and fast so I started trying to teach him barrels, and speed and poles and anything fast. We goofed off and did crazy things and even went swimming on our horses, just being kids, and he only bucked once with a friend of mine. After that, I met some horse show people and got into western pleasure. I couldn't afford a different horse, and my horse was pretty, so why not? It took me about a year (mainly because I never had a trainer, just tried to watch and imitate) but I got him slowed way down and started local shows. But we never could go as slow in the jog as most of the champs, we competed and even placed, but didn't win that much. Then somebody told me, gee that horse would make an awesome English horse, you should try it. I though that sounded like a great time, and way less expensive, so we got in touch with a lady that rode hunters a while back and she gave me some advice and got me on the right path. We really did wonderfully in that, he has a huge extended trot. I started learning a lot about lifting his shoulders and how to engage his hindquarters, and lots of yielding and flexing. It was like I went out to ride one day and found a very responsive, willing, knowledgable partner in a stall where the night before a goofy, uncooridinated colt had been. However, no one but me ever rode him. When someone tried, he swiftly bucked them off, never hurt anybody, but didn't behave at all. I was silly and even secretly pleased, thinking I had myself a "Black" and just like the fictional Alec, no one could handle him but me. Then June 8, 2008 I had been watching horse racing and decided to take off in the pasture. We ran every now and then, not that often since starting all the pleasure stuff, but still we both enjoyed a quick spurt now and again. I don't remember what happened, but this is what I'm told by my mother who watched it: We were running up the pasture and he just suddenly moved sharply, could have been a buck, she wasn't sure, but next thing anyone knew, I was on the ground. I woke up in the hospital 2 days later. After I got better, I went right back to riding like before, working the same stuff, but once again, we changed what we did. I fell in love once again with rodeo, and wanted to queen. My horse, the do-it-all-but-not-to-win wonder, was suddenly the best thing on earth. We excelled at the patterns, doing flying lead changes, side-passing, perfect circles, fast and pretty queen runs, and riding at the rodeos. He wasn't spooky or dumb, had to work on carryin flags, but he mastered that too. Parades were even a breeze. I won the second pageant I did and was so proud of him. Then June 20, 2009 we were representing at rodeo when it happened again. In the middle of our queen run, half way down the arena, he threw me over his head. I was totally conscious this time so I know exactly what happened. There was no warning at all. We'd ridden in the grand entry already, been runnin all over the rodeo grounds since we got there and he never even bowed up. I broke my back this time. Several people are telling me that he's unsafe, that he's just a renegade, devil horse and I need to get rid of him. My mom doesn't think so, but almost everybody else thinks I'm stupid for even considering keeping him. Could it be a physical thing? He's had a chiropractor look at him but he doesn't think there's a problem. Could it be behavioral? Is there something I've done that's makin him this way? Or is it just him? Unpredictable, high strung, or whatever and I really would be better off without him? Can anyone help me?