[RC] Help for "Un-ridable" Horse - Tamara Taylor
This past May we bought a 6 year old unregistered Arab gelding from an auction
for $500. He's got a nice temperment, seems affectionate and personable on the
ground. Sound, healthy, fairly decent conformation and great feet. I think he
was a "steal of a deal".
He has a very hard mouth and I suspect whoever trained him used a harsh bit
with harsh hands. I've been schooling him in the arena in a snaffle bit and it
seems to be improving. He also has 'dead sides'. You can squeeze til you are
blue in the face but he will not go any faster. He is not at all sensitive to a
crop (I haven't 'whacked' him hard though). He is 'broke' but not trained to
the aids whatsoever.
The problem is that he's thrown my Dad off twice and my friend baled off of him
tonight. Each situation was different. Twice it was out on the trail and today
it was in an indoor arena. Each time it happens at the trot - he goes faster
and faster until he gets out of control. My friend is my no means an
inexperienced rider. He has never once got out of control with me or offered to
throw me off. Any suggestions at all? I don't feel safe letting anyone else
ride him and I'm not sure where to go from here. Is there anyway I can trust
this horse in the future for endurance or to sell him?
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