My mare is looky and reactive, but she's 8 now, and it has improved. Start on the ground to take control before mounting. Disrespect in the cross ties to stealing food on the ground should not be tolerated. If you have won the leadership before mounting, riding will go better. I've a younger horse now, and I'm finding that I spend most of my horse time too inattentive to bring him along properly, so I'm humbly trying to concentrate more, execute more of a planned time with him, and take time after our work to analyze what could be improved.
Seriously, a horse cannot go up and down if it is going forward. When I had a horse who resembled a rodeo bronc, a cowboy told me this and it has become my mantra.
Your instinct is to grab the reins to stop the horse. WRONGO. Grabbing the reins allows the horse to tuck his head and get behind the bit. Slowing the horse down allows him to get even more verticle thrust.
So grab mane and KICK on. Scream like a banshee if you need to. Whatever it takes to get him galloping forward. And, if you are in a secure position, keep him galloping until he wants to stop. Then go around twice more.
He will quickly get the idea that bad behavior = exhaustion from galloping.
I used to ride a lesson horse who crow hopped so often I liked to call him Mr Pogo Stick. This was an evasion to keep from going forward. So the only possible was to kick on. Kick was usually followed by whip, so there would be a succession of crow hop>kick>whip until the crow hopping stopped and the going forward started. Gotta say it's one good way to get a better seat
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Originally Posted by DottieHQ
You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.
Seriously, in my experience, you have to successfully hang on and just stay on a couple times, before the brain is able to turn on the next time it happens and you are able to execute one of the above suggestions.
If you do not have the bravery to kick on (and I often do not), the only stopping technique I found actually works is to pull hard enough on ONE rein to literally put the horse's nose on his/her shoulder.