okay so my friend Anna has a horse with a cleft palate who cribs and wind sucks. and when anyone gets on him he throws a damned fit trying to rear and buck. now this horse has thrown my good friend anna so many times that she's afraid to ride horses. but she's so in love with this horse that no matter what anyone says she wont rid herself of him despite the obvious issues. now i ride him for her because i'm trying to get her more confident - if i can do it she can kinda thing. and i'm trying to help get him back on track.
now when he's getting ready to rear i stand up in the saddle and knock him one inbetween the ears so that he'll think that if he rears he'll hit his head (i know it sounds kinda stupid but it seems to work). but how do i stop him from bucking?
and another thing, i've heard that cribbing releases endorphines and this horse cribs all the time. what do these endorphines do to him? is like a high for him? and how do i convince my friend that a cribbing collar wont hurt her horse?
and i have one more thing to add. he acts like my old pony (whom i had to get rid of because i was too young to handle such a green horse). one day he'll come right up to the stall door. the next he acts like he doesn't know you.
First off, cribbing is one the the hardest to break, and worst habbit a horse can have. It can cause serious health problems such as poor digestion, and worse, colic. Try using the Weaver leather miracle collar. You can also buy the fleece cover for it. Just tell your friend with that cover, her horse will not get harmed.
Second, you will have to start fresh with this him. If you don't have a rope halter, I suggest investing in one with the extra knots on the nose. This will help you control him better.
His ground manners sound like they are really bad. You are going to work really hard with that. I suggest using a round pen to keep his focus on you. Try tying him up for 3-4 hours a day in the shade to a tree, or cross tie him. I know that seems like a long time, but trust me, that will teach him patience very quickly. You have to let him know you are the boss, not him, and that he cannot get away with whatever he wants.
You are going to have to hold off on the bucking righ now. Work with him on his ground manners, and work your way up. Once he has good ground manners, then you can work with him on the bucking issue.
Look into Clinton Anderson. He is a great trainer and really knows what he is doing.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!