I had been paying for sand-school lessons for a year and confidently wanted to get my own horse. A friend of mine, who is experienced in horses helped me fine one and I now have a 14.2 cob mare who is 4 and a half years old. The horse is kept about a half an hour drive away from where I live (although I have now facilities to keep her at my house)
- Within a week the horse shook (I thought it bucked) and I fell off and it hurt, I changed my jodpurs to have a better grip and help my balance
- The next week I was out hacking with someone that was breaking their 2 year old infront and the 2 year old was hard to handle and spooked at a bag and my horse (who wasn't spooked before although I only had her for two weeks) spooked too and bolted across a field with me on her (I stayed on and coaxed her back eventually)
- The next week I refused to go out with the unbroken horse and got my friend to ride a bike so that someone was with me - that was fine except when we stopped to discuss my leg/arm position and let the horse eat grass on the verge - setting off again the horse stamped its front foot like a bull as I think she wanted to stay to eat grass. I got her to walk on - she was also increasingly spooked on this hack with parked cars signs etc
- The following week I took her to a livery across the road and they rode her and said that she was green and having lived her whole life in a sand-school did not know the basics rein control, backing up etc, they offered me £200.00 for her (I paid £1850.00)
- I decided to read loads of books and teach her the basics myself, I was doing well until I was told I was wasting my time and I need to hack out to learn. My lessons were sabotaged
- Last weekend she had been fed hayledge rather then hay and I took her out. She bucked and reared and stamped her feet within 20 feet of leaving the yard. Someone came and tried to lead her and she bucked and reared again. I got off and we tried to walk her back to the yard and she bucked (hooves 4 foot off the ground) it was hard to keep hold of her
I know this has been long but my question is - is this normal behaviour for a horse. She seemed to be worse on Hayledge, but there seems no point in having a horse if I am too scared to ride. Can anyone reassure me that other horses are calmer and less spooked and tantrumy. I am aware that her behaviour might be becasue she is so young but I am scared to have her at my house with no support and not being able to cope. Please help.