If anyone's read my other posts, I don't have a horse at the moment (we've had horses since I was 11...but more often then not they weren't rideable, or were a result of our stupidity. lol), but am looking for one. My dad just bought a rather expensive 5 year old APHA gelding for my little sister a month ago. And they wont ride him or touch him. So he's been sitting "rotting" for a month.
My sister gets very upset when I mess with him, even though she's scared or for some reason wont exercise him. My parents had been backing her decision, and last friday I had him saddled and ready to go and they were like "no. It's her horse. Get off."
This week, I've decided to he%& with that. Yesterday I took him out bareback for a few minutes just doing loops in a pasture and he was good as gold.
Today, I saddled him and went for a 45 minute trail ride..and it...was BAD. He didnt want to whoa. AT ALL. He wanted to trot, and not walk at all. just wanted to go go go. And I wouldnt let him ( not on his own terms), so it got worse as the ride went on. Then about 1 1/2 into our ride he started trotting then loping with me telling him whoa and pulling on him. memories of being 11 again and having a horse take off on me flashed back to mind. But this time I just took his head and pulled it back towards my left ankle and made him go in a tight circle a few times til he seemed a bit mellower. he was snorting and just pissed. The ride got a little better, until 10 minutes later he kind of crow hopped. A few minutes later my saddle started to slide more to the side, and with him being as bad as he was, I knew a falling saddle and a antsy horse was a bad combo so I got of and led him the half a mile home.
At home I looked..and it looked like *MAYBE* I hadnt had the headstall adjusted tight enough.
Now Im completely doubting myself over his antics on our ride. DID I DO SOMETHING WRONG? Or was he just barn sour? Supposedly he was "kid safE" just a couple months ago when they were horse shopping for him.
Now Im even thinking, am I a terrible rider and should I totally be rethinking my idea of getting a horse? Would I just screw it up?
Any tips for getting a horse to cool off on the trail? Was circles a good idea or not?