B's first ride at home

B is a 9 year old red roan gelding. He was captured as an unhandled stallion on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. With 60 days training and lots of love and gentling under his belt, watch as he gains more confidence and experience to bloom into a perfect riding horse!

B's first ride at home

Postby Juliane on Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:33 pm

I decided to see how B would do under saddle yesterday. I was feeling very confident from the clinic and was eager to see if B had learned as much as I had. :) I went to the round pen, where B was staying until I could make sure he got along with the rest of the horses.

I put the saddle on the side panel and approached B. He met me halfway and I proceeded to brush him down. I didn't have a halter with me, so I just used my hands to guide him into standing still as I brushed his entire body. Once I was done, I got the saddle pad and set it on him. He didn't stiffen or snort like he has before. Next, I picked up my saddle and set it on him.

He stood quietly without moving as I adjusted the girth's settings and then tightened it up. He never spooked, snorted or tensed up. I am not sure if this was because of the wonderful clinic we just attended, or because of the fact that B was not restrained and felt more secure? Or maybe a mixture of both?

In any case, I asked him to move out. He was excellent and never offered to buck. Due to the recent rain showers, the ground was too slippery to really ask him to move out other than a brisk trot. I had him going in both directions before I asked him to halt. I then bridled him up and sent him out again. He was perfect!

So, I felt it was time to mount up. This is where we ran into a slight bit of trouble, though it really was mostly my fault. I decided to use my new-found mounting technique as instructed by the trainers this past weekend. However, I'm still really awkward and clumsy about it, plus I was using the Bob Marshall treeless saddle, which even when tight, doesn't have alot of leverage to stay in place. This combination, in addition to my toes poking him in the shoulder as I tried to mount, caused B to spook and half rear/half buck as he leaped away from me.

He stopped a few feet away, turned to look at me and snorted very loudly. While the incident was my own fault, I wanted B to know that that behavior was not acceptable - so I immediately made him work. Round and round he went, as I pushed him as quickly as I felt was safe. After a bit, I let him stop.

This time, I decided to mount up the way that I was used to (just because I think I need to practice this new technique on a not-so-timid horse, and in my regular treed saddle). B stood perfectly as I swung into the saddle. We immediatley started our hindquarter yielding exercises, then walked out. He was incredibly responsive to my requests and tried incredibly hard. He seems to be a bit dull to leg pressure, but very light in the bit. I am confident he will learn the leg pressure cues quickly!

We did as Rick had suggested and kept busy in the round pen. I had him reversing directions, making up patterns, serpentines, roll backs, etc. He was awesome. Though we both got bored with that, so I decided to see how he would be if I rode him out in the pasture. I didn't want to dismount and felt it would be a good exercise for him if I opened the round pen gate while on him.

At first, B was pretty nervous, but quickly understood what I was trying to do. I opened the gate and we rode through. From there we explored the pasture. He didn't have a care in the world about the other horses and went about his business as expected. What a good boy. After a short bit of that, I decided to ride him down the road and on the property. Again he was perfect, though a short time later, my farrier Dan showed up and I had to dismount.

It was a great first ride and I was glad to see the improvements in B, as well as the insecurities he still has. This is going to be an awesome horse!

Pics coming soon! (the camera is in my truck and I'm too tired to go get it - I will in the morning!) :)
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Postby cat_67 on Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:17 am

Sounds like he did great!

I'm trying to visualize how they are telling you to mount. I have never been able to mount facing the horse's hindquarters like some people tell you to. I can only do it facing toward the head or straight-on.
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Postby Altanera on Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:06 pm

YAY! I knew this boy just needed a confident experinced rider and he would florish! yay!! :D
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Postby Juliane on Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:31 pm

Here are pictures of B from our first ride at home the other day:

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I think Sarah gave B alot of the love and confidence in humans in general that he really needed. I can totally understand her fear of him - he is skittish. However, he reacts well to a "whatever" attitude. So long as you don't react to his fears, he's fine. But sometimes it's difficult (ok, near impossible) to not react. I am still nervous about getting on Patience even after seeing Rick, the trainer, walk/trot and canter her. I know she will sense my fear and we won't get anywhere. *sigh*

Yet, I'm fine with B, knowing he's practically the same as Patience.
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