My irritation at Canyon has passed over. Sometimes I think we are in high school and in some weird on again off again dating thing. Maybe I should seek counseling. Could this be a bigger problem than I realize? Am I continuing an abusive relationship because of low self esteem?
Ok, you can stop laughing now.
Since my horse is actually my therapy, I clearly need this kind of couch...
Mmm. Yes, I really like this one. Particularly the fringe. But I digress.
Yes, he bucks. But I know when and where. And I'm going to follow some advice (thanks everybody) and try to work through it. Because the truth is that we HAVE come a long way (his spooking is way down, he lopes without freaking, he can handle distances away from his buddies better) and if I can just get past this last hurdle he's a pretty good horse.
Basically I need to get in a relatively safe situation, recreate the problem and run the living #$@$ out of him when he tries. I'm thinking of doing it under a trainers supervision so they can help spot anything I'm doing that may need correction.
If it still doesn't work, then I have to decide how big a problem this is for me.
Frankly until I can ride more regularly (read: get our own land), it may be that I can't really solve this problem, because I can't get in the time necessary. But I will keep trying and realize that by stretching this out it will take longer.
Its very comforting to talk to others who keep their bucking broncos - thanks for helping me not feel like a lunatic. ;)
In the meantime I need one of these shirts...
Tomorrow he's getting his fancy schmancy shoes and I'll talk to the farrier (who has the coolest rig. I'll try to get some photos). Maybe he'll have some advice too.