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How can I regain trust and confidence in my horse

Discussion in 'Horse Riding and Training' started by Brooke R2D2, Apr 26, 2019.


  1. Brooke R2D2

    Brooke R2D2 PetForums Newbie

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    So This is my first horse, he's 6yo and I've had him for 3 years. He has been perfect up until a few weeks ago. He has started bolting with me and just wanting to canter, however I can't stop him and end up falling off. Our arenas fence is down and so am frightened to ride in there now. Am supposed to be going to a hunter trail next week but need advice on how to regain control and trust. Any help is much appreciated ❤
     
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    O2.0 PetForums VIP

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    Hi and welcome :)
    I'm sorry, I don't quite understand your post - is it the cantering that's causing you to fall off?
     
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    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    Bolting can become a habit for some horses.

    What bit do you have him in?
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    I’d cancel the hunter trial and have him checked over - back, teeth etc. as a start.

    Horses often try to run from pain.

    Was there something that happened that might have caused his change in behaviour?
     
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    Ringypie PetForums VIP

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    This!
    Get your saddle checked too.

    Has there been any change in management? Spring grass? Different feed?

    Is there a trigger for the behaviour?

    When you say bolt is it a real bolt as in running blind over / through anything? Different to them pissing off with you which is what my boy used to do - he was stoppable eventually but just loved to run (and previous owner forgot to teach him brakes!).

    Then some lssons with a good instructor when you have ruled out pain - eyes on the ground can see so much more, and will also help with nerves.
     
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    Brooke R2D2 PetForums Newbie

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    It's a regular snaffle
     
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    Brooke R2D2 PetForums Newbie

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    Yes sorry it wasn't clear
     
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    Brooke R2D2 PetForums Newbie

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    Can't think that there was anything
     
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    Brooke R2D2 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks, yeah I think he's just pissing around as theres no change in anything
     
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    Brooke R2D2 PetForums Newbie

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    Update

    The vet has checked him and hes in no pain. Thanks for the advice, today I rode him in an open field to test what he would do and hes just ran. We are not doing the trials and have booked him and I for some lessons x
     
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    Ringypie PetForums VIP

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    Good news that there is no pain. Hopefully you will get to the bottom of it soon and get on with enjoying him again.
     
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