I am a novice rider and I recently acquired a horse that has been clearly testing me -5 year old irish cob. I have decided after a period of allowing my confidence to be knocked to take her on. I was out with her at the weekend and she kept turning to go back into the yard. After I shouted at her (as the trainer has before to 'get-on') she stopped turning and went the direction I wanted her to go in and that gave me a bit of confidence.
Whenever I do stop - to cross a road or to let someone past, she starts stomping her left hoof on the ground - like having a tantrum - it is usually by long lush grass or by the hay bale so I am thinking she is stomping as she wants to graze and I am not letting her. I can get her to walk on easily enough at this time but I am thinking it is becasue there isn't much lush grass around at the moment and she likes to eat
This weekend where I would normally get her into a trot with just making a clicking sound, she needed to be kicked and I used a crop on her and then she only trotted for a short while. I know that it is only her attitude at fault as when she saw home she trotted at a good beautiful pace all the way home. I am thinking she just didn't want to go out.
Finally she seems to trip a lot and stump her hoof when we are on rougher ground like a stone path particularly in the trot - it feels a lot worse when you are on her but it seems she is constantly stumbling and it is usually worse at the end of the ride (when she is tierd). She does not stumble at all on roads so I am thinking that it is that she is not picking her feet up.
So if anyone can help I should appreciate answers on:
- Why does she stamp her hoof
- Why does she stumble
- Why is it that she wouldn't trot this week - I don't like hitting her
Medically she is well as I got a vet to check her over (following advice on the forum) and the vet thought that she was a quiet horse but testing me. He also said she was a little unfit and a little overweight. (I got her froma riding sand schoo about 4 months ago)
I seem to have a constant flow of questions that I am desperate to be answered so I can understand her as I so much want to understand.