Most of you know of my mare, Lark, but you may not know her background. I met Lark around 6 years ago when she was being seasoned in the same association I started running with. A guy we'll call D was her rider, D was riding for the trainer, who we'll call B... B had done a super job of starting Lark and continuing her training.. D would "clean shop" and win every event on Lark... Well, Mr B sold Lark to the woman I got her from... The woman ran her for a year then was diagnosed with breast cancer, while she was going through treatments and such she leased Lark out to a man who basically cowboy'ed her.. Which I'm now paying for, I got her last November. I knew that D & Mr B ran Lark in a bicycle chain bit, and even though I didn't agree with it, she wasn't my horse, and it wasn't my business.. Now that said, Lark is an extremely powerful horse, she's just very strong and is a free runner.. Lark's problem now is that because she is so strong the guy who leased her out man handled her and now every time I ask for speed she thinks I'm going to beat the crap out of her and snatch on her mouth..I've worked with her since November on just softening her mouth and poll, she just still doesn't trust me when I ask for the speed..We can do a fast lope through the pattern at an out door arena, I don't run at home, and she's fine...I took her to a show March 24 (covered arena)..warming up she was amazing, going into the chute was amazing, as soon as she "saw" the pattern..Nope. Not happening. And she would just want to turn around and stand in the alley way.. It wasn't balking, it was a "I'm shaking and when I run you're going to snatch my mouth and hit me with a whip." I finally got her in the arena..just talking to her and getting her to walk in..we got in and were loping arena race and when I dropped my hand and check her she stiff necked me and ran right to the fence and just stopped and started shaking and breathing hard. I couldn't even get her to want to turn around and walk out. You could just tell that she was a mess and all of the hard and slow work to get her trust was just shattered.. I finally got her turned around and we were walking out, I was talking to her and rubbing her on the neck and shoulder..People started clapping and she immediately jumped forward and was like "OMFG! It's going to hit me!"... So now I'm just upset and I want to strangle the guy who beat on her. I'm not going to ask for speed ANY time soon and just continue the slow work, probably still haul her to shows and probably just trot the pattern until she gets comfortable with me and know that I'm not going to pull on her like the idiot man did. Any advice or similar situations you've been through with a horse. I don't want to ruin the foundation we've built up and I know that the horse I saw win so much is still in there, I just have to get her out of this funk..
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Last edited by DrumRunner; 04-13-2012 at 04:53 PM.