Dear Mr John O`leary, I would like to ask for you
advice: I have been starting a young horse just 4 in June and I did
follow your video instruction ` Mouthing The Horse`. The horse stops as
soon as the long lines (trough the roller) touch he bit,on his mouth,
turning and looking at you. It was going absolutely fine as I sat on him
following the one rein stop but unfortunately lounging another horse in
the round pen I twisted my knee and pulled the middle cartilage
ligament. To cut the story short an army chap offered to sat on the horse
(obviously it convinced my wife that he was very experience in braking horses,etc the usual `bla,bla) as I am enable to do riding for the time
being I agreed.
The horse was perfect twice when he sat on him (I was
holding the long lines and helping to get him up and down of the horse)
but the last time when he tried to dismount for himself (after telling
this guy to hold onto one rein and he did not) the horse panic and buck
him off (nothing rodeo like) and now I have a problem where I have to
restart the process and tried to teach him to allow getting up and off
without panicking. My question is if there a solution to the problem
without resorting to `heavy` tactics. I would not mind pay for your
advice (as long as is reasonable) as I just got scared of sending my
horse away as there is not many `breakers` that I could trust. The horse
is a well bred Warm Blood that came from Germany and he was not handled
at all as a foal. He does accept the saddle and I brought one `Ardal`
(dummy jockey with boots) and does join up,ect.) but he is `worried`
type. If you can help and advice I would be very grateful.
Incidentally, it is not my system that You are
using Long Lines whilst Mounting, however......
There is nothing worse than this happening as
Horses get a Psycho Problem about it, that if not fixed, lasts forever.
I don't know what Your definition of (to quote You) " heavy` tactics." but I can assure You, I have fixed dozens of
these, but You must embrace "Leg Restraints" Now I don't call this
'Heavy Tactics' for I have saved the Lives of Thousands of Horses, with
them and never hurt one. The thing with Your Horse could be fix Him or
he loses his Life. The Latter would be heavy :(
So before I go on, let me know Your attitude to
Here are some photos of one of them on arrival
here from NSW, broken in by a Professional.
The only way to completely take away any doubt
about the Horse escaping a second time, it to use my system of "Leg
Restraints', which actually become the comfort zone for Horses. You can
only remove psychological problems of the need for 'Flight' if the will
they can't. Only then will they lose the fear of the mounting up
process, because it is proven to them that it is ok, why....because they
couldn't and didn't run away or Buck.
The fix for Your
problem is on Disc 2 of my Leg Restraints DVD's ( http://www.horseproblems.com.au/DVD%20Sales.htm#Leg%20Restraints
) with a Horse that was probably worse than Your Horse. You only get one
more chance with these. Stuff it up and the of the Horse is over because
they take this subject extremely seriously and immediately end with a
Mental condition of major distrust of the Mounting process.
You cannot make mistakes during the starting of
Horses, where the 'Mounting Process' is concerned. Get Bucked off or let
a Horse shy away causes major and immediate suspicion and from that Day
on, the Horse thinks that You are a 'Prey Animal'
You CANNOT afford it to happen again and the Horse has to be fixed by
and during the next Mount Up. Fail and You run the risk of seeing the
Horse off to the Meat Factory down the Track.
Therefore, prior to mounting that Horse normally
thereafter, You have to prove control.
Getting rid of a Rider during Mounting is the ultimate "learned evasion'
and cementing of the 'flight response' Just the opposite to what the
Starting process is supposed to produce.
Horses don't do it on purpose, they do it through
fear and it is consummated by a lack of control
Once it has been proved to the Horse that it
can't escape, the next and every time it is Mounted up (until fine) You
should Mount Up with my the Ozzie systems.
Australian Horsemen lead the World in systems of control, to shut down
evasion and to prove to Horses that they may as well not think about it.
My 'Mouthing system' provides the Tools for just
that and protects Handlers and Horses from negative events that could
threaten the future Career of latter.
You cannot stop Horses Bucking with the FRONT BRAKES, only the LATERAL
You should then do this, with every suspect