Originally Posted by jazzyrider
i don't know hey lol he seems to move different now than in the vid from before you got him. He is also coming onto the bit nicer than he is now.
I don't know what to say. You know your horse best :) its just the way he seems to me. Maybe someone else might have some better insight or can see something I can't :)
P.s. Even still, he's pretty cute ;)
well part of it is, he has major trust issues. He was gelded late, so I'm thinking that his first owner abused him. He flintchs even if I come close to him with a crop or lunge whip.
Also for some strange reason, it took him a long time for him to allow me to pick his feet without a fight. He used to refuse to pick up his feet, and if I did get them up he'd try to kick me in the head. But once he got used to me, he lets me....but no one else...besides the farrier...he loves the farrier haha.
Also, all in all, he does perform better for me. He's a "one person" horse. He'll still obey someone else, but he always turns and looks at me "mom are you still there?". It's quite adorable. He'll follow me and come to me...but no one else haha.
What I'll do is, I'll ride him first with that saddle on, and get videos...then with a different saddle on...and then bareback. It might just be the saddle. I know when I first rode him in an English (before I bought him) they used lots of saddle pads...an English and a Western one).
I doubt there's anything wrong with that leg, for the vet did a great job at looking him over...and if she saw anything funny or felt something funny she'd let us know. She's a brutally honest person...I had a vet exam on a mare that I fell in love with, and she was brutally honest with me...by the time the exam was over I was in tears...both due to her remarks, and the horse not passing.
The vets comment on Sonny was "he's 10 times the horse the mare was". And for her, that's a rare comment haha.
He is a cutie and a lover boy. He's my baby, and I won't trade him for the world.
Part of it also could be the footing in the arena. It's soft and having a big foot (a Gypsy Vanner...his nickname is Big Foot haha) riding in the arena and leaving big foot prints probably doesn't hurt.
In the one video of me riding Sonny in part of it...was he doing better? I know when I rode him, he wasn't collected, and when the lady who was selling him (not the owner...the owner's agent) was riding him, she had him collected.
I'll be at the barn on Thursday all day long (fun!!!!!!!!!!!!) so I'll get lots of videos then. For the bareback video though, just to give you a warning now, he'll be sweaty (due to I want him to be tired when I get on him with no saddle). I've never rode him bareback, nor do I like riding bareback..but I think that that will tell if it's a saddle problem or not