Thanks for your comments Tiny. We do feel lucky to have such nice horses! I feel fortunate that Fender is still with us. I was urged to put him down. Glad I didn't. But what a painful, expensive, and looonng rehab..I'll have to dig up a picture of what he looked like coming offf stall rest..scary ugly. I pitied him.
Bubba, thanks for your comments, too. You've pointed out things that have been noticed by me and others. I think Kiyah's way of going is definitely rider induced. Just in a walk my daughter sits too far forward and carries her hands too high. She hauls on Kiyah's mouth and wonders why Kiyah's head is in the air. What's funny is that she doesn't ride this way on other horses.. just Kiyah. She won't listen to me (mothers know nothing) but she will listen to a trainer. She had one for a little while until our BO required that all trainers be privately insured (too expensive for her to cover all trainers on her policy). Understandable and I had no problem with it but our trainer did, so she's out of the picture. We are in search of another. I wish my daughter would make up her mind as to what she wants to do with Kiyah. Kiyah's too nice of a horse to ditz around with. Though in fairness to my daughter, Kiyah can be a hot tempered spazz and difficult to control at times because she's smart (very smart), extremely agile, and very fast. Kiyah's registered and in the incentive fund...wonderful bloodlines and was specifically bred (in Texas) to be a cutting & reining horse. I don't think she's too much horse for my daughter but she definitely needs guidance. Trail riding....no problems. Kiyah goes on wonderfully for miles.
What's interesting is that all these 14, 15 and 16 year olds at our trail riding barn want nothing to do with ground training. They want to get on their horses and go! They all haul on their horse's mouths doing those barrels and go racing around like crazy people. Injuries waiting to happen in my humble opinion. But what do I know..I'm old.. lol.